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CME3034 : Design for Process Safety

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Dana Ofiteru
  • Lecturer: Dr Evangelos Papaioannou, Dr Eni Oko
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module takes the students' theoretical knowledge of the concepts of safety (taught in Stage 2; CME2031) and provides a more advanced insight into aspects related to the Chemical Engineering Industry. This will include appreciation and understanding of statutory Design Standards and best industrial practice in relation to the design, operation and control of a plant.

Outline Of Syllabus

The main subject headings, which outline the syllabus of this module, are:
-       Design Standards: specific design standards related to the design of pressure vessels.
-       Thermal safety and thermal runaway (Exothermic Reaction Hazards)
-       Venting and relief valve sizing using standards, including the DIERS method.
-       Plant Layout
- Maintenance and safe systems at work.
-       Management of change.
-       Safe design for maintenance and operation.
-       Instrumented Protective Systems.
-       Target Safety Integrity Level (SIL) Assessment.
-       Achieved SIL Assessment.
-       Occupied building assessment.
-       Bio safety.
- Cybersecurity.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials120:0020:00Online teaching materials including recorded lectures, notes, tutorials and quizzes
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Exam revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture231:0023:00Timetabled lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Preparation of thermal assignment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Timetabled tutorial session
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study123:3023:30Review lecture material. Solving questions for tutorial sessions
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

More advanced aspects of safety are introduced in lectures and linked to and developed from the theoretical safety subjects (i.e. hazard analysis topics) the student will have covered in Stage 1 and Stage 2.

Lectures will be supported by tutorials for subject follow up and clarification of lecture material and to give the students exposure to aspects of topics not necessarily covered in lectures, i.e. application of theory to practical industrial examples.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A75All advanced safety topics covered in the lectures, including Bio safety, apart from Thermal Runway
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M25Individual assignment on a Process Safety related subject. Report will be approx. 5 pages, including calculations, charts and tables
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This module takes a more advanced look at aspects of safety within the Chemical Engineering industry. These topics involve a thorough knowledge of the topics and the ability to confidently carry out a number of related calculations.
Therefore, the most significant part of the assessment will be a 1.5 hour examination, which will account for 75% of the mark.

The individual assignment reinforces the subject material with an extended set of tasks that require in depth research, and self-study to achieve a successful outcome. This will be worth 25% of the total mark.

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