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CME3035 : Reactor Systems Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Anh Phan
  • Lecturer: Dr Marloes Peeters
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0


The module consists of chemical systems and biosystems engineering. The aim is to provide students with understanding of the specification of performance and the design of a reactor unit as a key to the overall design of the process; knowledge and skills to apply the basic principles of reactor engineering to the design of reactors involving multiple reactions, catalysis and heterogeneous mass transfer processes.

Building on the fundamental knowledge about bioprocesses gained in CME1020, this module provides students with skills to apply chemical engineering principles to bioreactor design. The module provides fundamentals of bioprocess operation and design as well as providing brief information on different types of bioprocesses. The aim is to provide chemical engineers with a basic understanding of the fundamental process engineering problems specific to biochemical processes. Also to provide an insight into the creativity required in bioreactor design.

Outline Of Syllabus

Review of reaction kinetics. Ideal flow reactor design. Multiple reaction analysis. Heat and energy balances in reactors. Thermal effects in reactor design. Catalytic reactions. Heterogeneous catalytic reactors. Multiphase reactor design. Fluidized bed 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 case study will demonstrate how lectures can be tied in to solve problems. Students have self-study opportunity from text books, handouts, tutorial sheets and material on Blackboard.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture141:0014:00Synchronous online/Pip sessions, Introduction lecture to the module and coursework
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials222:0044:00Non-synchronous lectures: theories, fundamental concepts and some examples via video and activities
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion118:0018:00Reactor Systems Engineering assignment report writing, assessment preparation
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities64:0024:00Non-synchronous tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00Review lecture/textbook materials, tutorial sheets, additional reading materials
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures and tutorials will introduce basic concepts of reactor and bioreactor design.

Teaching and the coursework report will provide experience and computing skills in the above areas.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M30Project report (maximum 5 pages), 1000 words (as assigned)
Computer assessment1M702 online tests
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Online summative assessments will assess the attainment of the knowledge outcomes and the ability to apply this to solve problems in a timed environment.

Coursework will assess the attainment of skills outcomes.

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