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CME8120 : Advanced Design Project

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Mark Willis
  • Lecturer: Dr Dana Ofiteru, Dr Katarina Novakovic, Dr Wenting Hu, Dr Chris O'Malley
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To carry out an in depth design study of selected unit operations through dynamic modelling and simulation and then to apply this knowledge to an advanced design project. The study will involve the modelling of reactor systems, evaporative systems and gas absorption systems. In conjunction with model development, corresponding software will be developed for the purpose of simulation. At the end of the course the student’s attitude should move away from: ‘Dynamic model development and coding is too complex’ towards: ‘It is possible to describe systems using dynamic models. However, all models have limitations. It is an engineer’s responsibility to be aware of these limitations and to choose a model which is of sufficient complexity to give an answer of the required accuracy’.

Outline Of Syllabus

The course will start by developing the necessary background skills for dynamic modelling: dynamic mass and energy balances; model conceptualisation; model data requirements; model construction; model solution; model validation; model application. In parallel with modelling, the software development skills of the students will be enhanced. Combinations of the unit operations will also be modelled such as evaporation with chemical reaction (single stage distillation) and reaction with gas absorption (for example hydrogenation reactions). Work will be done on both an individual basis and as part of groups. Students will then undertake an advanced design study of the dynamics of a unit operation based on their Plant Design from Stage 3. This study could include for example the start up of the unit, the control of the unit, batch operation etc.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Preparation and completion of design project report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work31:003:00Drop-in surgery with tutors
Guided Independent StudyProject work1103:00103:00Extensive study of complex dynamic system. Comprises group & individual dynamic scenario testing
Guided Independent StudyProject work62:0012:00Target non-timetable hours to complete dynamic case studies submissions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops103:0030:00Computer practical based workshops acquiring required computer coding skills
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide theoretical background to conceptual design and programming.
Workshops will be computer lab based and will enable practical implementation of these theoretical concepts.
Guided independent project work study will include group and individual computer programme development and dynamic testing with drop in surgery with tutors to address any problems.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M30Assessment of developed computer program working.
Design/Creative proj2M50Assessed written group design report with specified individual condition (35 pages)
Computer assessment1M20Worksheets handed in individually by students at the end of each computing lab session. Completion of 10 worksheets, each worth 2%.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The design report and the completed programme provide the opportunity for the student to demonstrate the achievement of all the intended learning outcomes. Students will work in groups to develop a baseline computer program which will then be individually modified and tested under specific dynamic scenarios.
The design report will comprise discussion, explanation and analysis with the remainder dedicated to figures, graphs and tables generated from mathematical models.
The worksheets ensure individual student engagement and measure their individual progress.

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