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CE40187: MEng product & process design project

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 30
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Individual Scoping Report (CW 20%)
  • Group Report (CW 30%)
  • Group Presentation (CW 10%)
  • Individual Report (CW 40%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To describe the concept of materials with functional behaviour derived from specific physical or chemical properties. To demonstrate, using examples taken mainly from industry, the principles used to design and manufacture such materials.
To carry out an integrated design of a chemical/biochemical process plant. To introduce legislation governing the environment and the use of genetically modified organisms and how this affects engineers in managerial, operational and design roles. To provide information on the properties and uses of materials in process design. To complete a design project at undergraduate Masters level.

Learning Outcomes:
After successfully completing this unit, a student should be able to describe how the functional aspects of a material can be related to its physical and chemical properties; apply fundamental principles to analyse the influence of process conditions on materials structure and function; describe the basic techniques used to measure material properties at the bulk and micro-structural levels; select appropriate techniques to relate structure to material properties; integrate appropriate techniques to design novel products with the required functionality to meet consumer needs.
On successful completion of this unit students will have demonstrated that they are capable of developing an integral systems approach to chemical engineering and of applying the principles of chemical and/or biochemical engineering to the design of a process; that they have creative and critical skills, and are able to make choices and decisions in areas of uncertainty; that they can work together in a team, and also alone and that they can communicate effectively the results of their work in the form of written reports that include drawings.

Innovative used of materials for product design. Individual and group design project work. Problem solving. Taught/facilitated and assessed.

Product function. Techniques for structuring materials. Material properties. Measuring structure. Chemistry and product function. Intellectual property. Product design in the food industry.
Introduction to environmental legislation and factors that have an influence. Control of liquid discharges and air emissions. Integrated pollution control (IPC). Environmental assessments and statements. Introduction to regulations governing the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Biosafety and containment of GMOs. Introduction to Good Manufacturing Process (GMP) with respect to bioprocess plant. Materials of construction for chemical and bioprocess plant, preparation of a preliminary technical and economic appraisal of a process where safety and environmental issues form an integral part of process screening. Preparation of an outline process flowsheet. Market survey. Review of alternatives. Physical and chemical property data. Creation and synthesis of flowsheet. Safety and operability. Environmental issues. Capital and operating costs, unit specification sheets. Flowsheets. Engineering drawings and sketches. Executive summary. Demonstration of viability. Individual unit design. Application of rigorous methods. Mechanical design. Outline of control and P and I diagrams.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CE40187 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Chemical Engineering
  • UECE-AFM01 : MEng(Hons) Biochemical Engineering (Year 4)
  • UECE-AKM01 : MEng(Hons) Biochemical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)
  • UECE-AFM05 : MEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering (Year 4)
  • UECE-AKM05 : MEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.