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CE20091: Reaction engineering

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2019/0
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 100%)
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 provide students with the ability to produce engineering designs of ideal reactors where the rate of reaction is controlled by chemical and biochemical reaction kinetics.

Learning Outcomes:
After successfully completing this unit students should be able to:
* carry out a reaction engineering analysis on the controlled growth of microorganisms and enzymes in biological reactors;
* perform material balances to derive general reactor design equations for different reactor types using appropriate reaction kinetics.
* perform energy balances for the different reactor types
* combine and apply material balances, rate laws, stoichiometry, and energy balances for optimal reactor design and operation.

Analysis [T,F,A]
Problem solving [T,F,A]


* Introduction to biochemical techniques and their potential for transfer to large scale;
* Microorganism growth kinetics and kinetics of product formation;
* The effects of environmental variables such as pH and temperature on performance of bioreactors
* Isothermal reactors: Material balances and design equations for batch, continuous stirred tank, plug flow and packed bed reactors. Effect of volume changes on stoichiometry and design equations.
* Non-isothermal reactors: Energy balance for different reactor types, adiabatic temperature rise.
* Reactor networks: Comparison of reactor performances and series/parallel reactor systems
* Multiple reactions: series, parallel and reversible reactions, conditions for optimal reactor performance.
* Introduction to non-ideal reactors.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CE20091 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Chemical Engineering
  • UECE-AFB05 : BEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering (Year 2)
  • UECE-AKB05 : BEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UECE-AFM05 : MEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering (Year 2)
  • UECE-AKM05 : MEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)