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CME3035 : Reactor Systems Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Anh Phan
  • Lecturer: Professor 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 an 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, thermal effects and 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. Energy balances in reactors. Thermal effects in reactor design. Catalytic reactions. Heterogeneous catalytic reactors. Multiphase reactor design.

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

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00Introduction lecture to the module, lectures/problem solving, fundamental concepts
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Exam revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching32:006:00Tutorials
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
Digital Examination1201A100Online test
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment1MCanvas quizzes to test knowledge, feedback given and errors explained in class after test
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 assessments will test students’ understanding and progress. Students will get feedback directly from the quizzes and detailed feedback in class.

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