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Reactor Engineering (ENG335)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Students will learn the concepts of chemical reaction kinetics (order of reactions, elemental reactions, reaction mechanisms, steady state kinetics, temperature dependence of chemical reactions, the influence of catalysts on the reaction kinetics) and how these can be employed to choose and operate an appropriate reactor. Students are expected to able to develop practical approaches to modelling complex reactions to obtain a rate equation: identify dominant effects and estimate the consequences of neglecting secondary effects, test assumptions and assess predictions, and analyse numerically.
Unit Learning Outcomes This unit introduces the fundamental of Chemical Reaction Engineering. Upon completion of the course, students are expected to,
(1) apply design equations on the three types of reactors,
(2) carry out an energy and mass balance on a reaction system for steady-state and un-steady state systems,
(3) grasp the importance of using catalysts in chemical industries,
(4) perform chemical engineering design on a chemical manufacturing process,
(5) be able to critically interpret experimental results from CSRT and PFR and batch reactors and to produce technical reports on chemical reactions,
(6) to demonstrate capability in using numerical modelling in solving design equations of chemical reactors.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 x 2 hours per week; laboratories: 1 x 3 hours per week and repeat.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is traditional lectures where the lecture notes for each week will be made available the preceding week. Students will be expected to read the lecture notes prior to attending lectures, so that they may participate fully in discussions.
In this course, students will attend tutorial sessions, which will be designed to expand on the lecture materials. This will take the form of worked examples and additional discussion, with students having the opportunity to ask questions about the lecture notes and assignments. At the tutorials, the unit coordinator will be available to discuss course materials and assignment questions with students.
Performing experiments interpreting experimental results and preparing technical laboratory reports will be key teaching elements in this unit. Students will perform four experiments. These experiments are designed to link theoretical principles taught in the class with real applications.
Assessment Final Exam Individual 50%
Laboratory Reports Group 15%
Assignments Individual 20%
Mini Project Group 15%
Prerequisites Completion of all Part I units in the majors Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering or Environmental Engineering.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed EXM224 Principles of Unit Operations may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2015: 'Reactor Design'; 2014: 'Reactor Engineering'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) [New in 2015]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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