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CME3028 : Industrial Design Project

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Kamelia Boodhoo
  • Lecturer: Dr Wenting Hu
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 25
Semester 2 Credit Value: 25
ECTS Credits: 25.0


To translate a business, safety or environmental need into a design solution.

Detailed design within the chemical and material processing industries, requires a combination of many of the core skills acquired during the first years of a degree programme. It represents a unique exercise in which students can apply and test their knowledge of process selection, conceptual design, equipment design, process safety and sustainability and economic analysis as part of a team, whilst working in industry. This is applied to a problem as defined by the company they are working for.

Outline Of Syllabus

Design of part of a process, whilst working in industry, to satisfy a given specification.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Placement/Study AbroadEmployer-based learning1246:00246:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion116:0016:00Preparation of presentation on campus
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:008:00Tutorials
Placement/Study AbroadDL on Placement 1198:00198:00Investigation of design options, design of a major equipment, collection of design data for reports
Placement/Study AbroadDL on Placement 132:0032:00Assessment preparation and completion, preparation of 2 Milestone Reports
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The large private study element in this module reflects the fact that the development of a design comes from many hours spent investigating design options either privately in an office or out on plant. The tutorial time is spent with design supervisors either in a one-to-one meeting or via e-mail, or receiving answers to specific questions and feedback on reports that have been submitted.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation252M15Milestone 3. Oral presentation to panel of academics and industry representatives.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M25Milestone 1. Report on problem definition, feasibility study and process selection. Oral presentation and interview on report.
Report2M60Milestone 2. Report on engineering design of processing and ancillary equipment.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment is a summative appraisal of a student’s understanding of chemical engineering and ability to apply knowledge and skills to an open-ended design problem addressing a typical client specification.

Milestone 1 - Oral presentation. Assessed report, problem definition, feasibility study and process selection. Report on problem definition, feasibility study and process selection (20 sides max. of A4 at 300 words per page plus appendices). Set week 1, Semester 1.

Milestone 2 - Report on engineering design of processing and ancillary equipment including, control, safety assessment, plant layout, P&I diagram etc. 80 sides max. of A4 at 300 words per page plus appendices).
Set week 1, Semester 2.

Milestone 3 - Presentation of the design to design group supervisors and industrialists. End of Semester 2.

In circumstances of restricted travel to the placement company, the oral presentations will be held online via Zoom or MS Teams.

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