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Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

To introduce the student to quantitative design methods and procedures. To develop skills in process flowsheeting and in the use of an industry-standard computer package for modeling/simulation of steady state and non-steady state chemical processing operations To learn methods for industrial energy management and become familiar with their application in industrial operations. To becime familiar and apply concepts and principles of health and safety. To give the student a thorough grounding in the principles and application of HAZOP methods. To provide a working knowledge of environmental impact and sustainability assessment, as applied to chemical processing operations.


Review of quantitative design methods. Thermodynamic options for process design and simulation. Procedures for sustainability assessment of industrial processes including the sustainability metrix as prescribed by the professional oprganisation IChemE. Energy conservation and environment protection. Health, safety and security issues; preventive measures. Industrial process simulation and sensitivity analysis of chosen design process. Graphical presentation. Flowsheet synthesis, analysis and evaluation: modular- and unit equation-based modes for flowsheet synthesis; rigorous unit equation models for flash, distillation, and heat exchange operations. Recycle of process mass and energy streams; partitioning, precedence ordering and tearing; convergence criteria. Synthesis of separation systems: ideal distillation; azeotropic mixtures; distillation sequences. Use of industry-standard computer package for modeling/simulation of steady state and non-steady state chemical processing operations. Main design project selection. Preparation of preliminary mass and energy balances for main design project.

Learning Outcomes:

Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

Demonstrate competence in the application of quantitative design methods for non-reaction and reaction containing unit operations. Develop proficiency in process flowsheeting and in the use of computational tools for steady-state and dynamic process simulation. Understand and apply Pinch principles for energy management. Evaluate the cost benefit gained after the application of SuperTarget heat integration software to chosen design project. Apply sustainability assessment procedure in design practice. Analyse the healt and safety implications of chosen design process. Demonstrate proficiency in the application of Reliability analysis, HAZOP, EIA, and sustainability metrics in the design of processing plants.

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

Start the process/system/technology design Draw engineering objects Asquire problem solving skills Concepts of integration of unit, processes, technology, system

Psychomotor (Physical Skills)

Assist understanding the design concepts such as: engineering drawing, modeling, simulation, sensitivity analysis, process integration, optimisation

How the Module will be Taught and what will be the Learning Experiences of the Students:

I. Course structure (~6 weeks Summer semester) Based on modular approach (workshops) and taking as case study for individual work the processes chosen by students' goups as design projects. Include: 1. Sustainability workshop 2. Healt and safety workshop 3. Heat integration workshop 4. Software applications for Chemical Engineers workshop 5. Engineering drawing workshop Continuous assessment dusring each of the above will form students final grade.

Research Findings Incorporated in to the Syllabus (If Relevant):

Prime Texts:

Seider, W.D., J.D. Seader, D.R. Lewin (1999) Process Design Principles: synthesis, analysis, and evaluation , , John Wiley & Sons, New York

Other Relevant Texts:

Biegler, L.T., I.E. Grossmann, and A.W. Westerberg (1997) Systematic Methods of Chemical Process Design , Prentice Hall International, New Jersey

Programme(s) in which this Module is Offered:

Semester - Year to be First Offered:

Summer - 09/10

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