The aim is to advance student understanding of the environmental design of processes in which products are manufactured and recycled.
After successfully completing this unit students should be able to (a) describe the techniques and procedures for assessing the generation of waste and pollution, (b) carry out material and energy balances on processes that include recycle and chemical reaction, (c) describe the difficulties associated with completing accurate mass and energy balances, (d) apply a range of tools to formulate solutions to environmental problems created in the design and operation of processes, (e) describe clean technologies for fossil fuel use.
This distance learning unit develops skills in self study and written expression.
Waste assessment, mass balancing and energy balancing, scales of study, sources and collection of data, laws of conservation of mass and energy, stoichiometry, steady and unsteady state, open and closed systems, recycling and purging, systems with and without reactions,
catalysts and catalysis, reaction types, selection of reactors, accuracy and difficulties of closing balances, combustion, process heat and power cycles, environmental impact of fossil fuel use, new technologies for fossil fuel use, hierarchical design methods, pinch analysis, heat exchanger and mass exchanger network analyses, wastewater minimisation, keyword analysis, life cycle assessment.