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CME3035 : Reactor Systems Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Anh Phan
  • Lecturer: Prof. Marloes Peeters
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0
European Credit Transfer System


To provide an understanding of the specification of performance and the design of a reactor unit as a key to the overall design of the process.

To provide knowledge and skills to apply the basic principles of reactor engineering to the design of reactors involving multiple reactions, catalysis, thermal effects and mass transfer processes.

To provide skills to apply chemical engineering principles to bioreactor design.

To provide fundamentals of bioprocess operation and design and brief information on different types of bioprocesses.

To provide chemical engineers with a basic understanding of the fundamental process engineering problems specific to biochemical processes.

To provide an insight into the creativity required in bioreactor design.

Outline Of Syllabus

Review of reaction kinetics. Ideal flow reactor design. Energy balances in reactors. Catalytic reactions. Heterogeneous catalytic reactors.

Types of bioreactors. Mass and heat transfer in bioreactors. Cell growth and models of growth kinetics. Bioreactor design and scale-up. Instrumentation and control of bioreactors.

Tutorials and examples will demonstrate how lectures can be tied in to solve problems. Students have self-study opportunity from textbooks, handouts, tutorial sheets and materials on Canvas.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Exam revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00Introduction lecture to the module, lectures/problem solving, fundamental concepts
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study186:0086:00Follow up lectures, theories and concepts, reading lecture/textbook material, tutorial sheets
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and tutorials will introduce basic concepts of chemical reactor and bioreactor design.
Tutorials and problem-solving exercises will provide experience and computing skills in the above areas.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A100In person invigilated written exam consisting of both chemical and biosystems engineering.
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment1MCanvas quiz, time-limited. Students will get feedback directly from the test. It does not count towards the final mark.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Summative assessment will assess the attainment of the knowledge outcomes and the ability to apply skills and knowledge to solve problems in a timed environment.

Formative assessment will develop students’ skills and knowledges in being assessed. It will test students’ understanding and progress. The assessment allows students to receive feedback and prepared for being assessed.

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