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CME3035 : Reactor Systems Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • 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 aims are: the specification of performance and the design of the reactor unit as a key to the overall design of the process; the application of the basic principles of reactor engineering to the design of reactors involving multiple reactions, catalysis and heterogeneous mass transfer processes, and multiphase mass transport.

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. Fluidised 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 ActivitiesLecture331:0033:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion18:008:00Exam revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Project report preparation and writing
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching52:0010:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study181:0081:00Review lecture/text book material/tutorial sheets/additional material on Blackboard.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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

Teaching and case study/project report will provide hands-on 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 Examination1801A75N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M25Project report (maximum 4 pages), 1000 words (as assigned)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Formal examination will assess the attainment of the knowledge outcomes and the ability to apply this to solve problems in a timed environment.

Project report will assess the attainment of skills outcomes.

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