CME8011 : Basic Chemical Engineering

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


•       To develop an awareness of the basic principles and underpinning science of chemical engineering.
•       To be introduced to principles of plant design and operation, including an awareness of environmental and safety issues.

The module is intended to introduce non-chemical engineers to the basic principles of the discipline. It covers basic science and technology relevant to chemical engineering. Process plant and equipment is discussed, together with impacts on and implications for the environment. The issue of process safety is also covered.

Outline Of Syllabus

Units, dimensions and basic physical properties
Ideal Gas law, partial pressure and volume, gas composition
1st and 2nd laws of Thermodynamics, cycles & efficiency, life & sustainability, systems with flow
Mass and Energy Balances
Vapour-Liquid Equilibrium: vapour pressure, Henry’s Law, Raoult’s Law, azeotropes
Flash separators, distillation and distillation columns
Process intensification
Measuring pressure – manometers, gauges, electrical instruments
Fluid flow characteristics – laminar and turbulent
Measuring flow – orifice, venturi, pitot, rotameter, etc
Moving fluids – pumps
Heat Balances, heat exchanger equipment, combined heat and power systems
Basic chemistry, kinetics, equilibrium, conversion and yield, industrial reactions
Sources of emission and discharges
Process safety: hazards and hazardous incidents, loss of containment, fire, explosion and toxic release
Major hazards-COMAH, illustrative incidents

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Exam revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion151:0015:00Preparation of report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical23:006:00HAZOP case study feedback
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Introduction to HAZOP
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study461:0046:00Review lecture material and prepare for small group teaching
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures impart basic knowledge and understanding.
The process equipment lab enables students to handle and study real pieces of equipment
The HAZOP study provides an opportunity to exercise acquired knowledge of process safety and chemical engineering principles.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A80N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M20HAZOP assignment, assessed by a group written report (1000 words) & oral discussion with module leader (issued week 4/5, semester 1)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination tests basic knowledge uptake and understanding, and the ability to deploy the knowledge in solving typical basic chemical engineering problems.
The HAZOP study tests the ability to deploy acquired knowledge in solving a typical process safety problem using a standard industrial methodology.

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