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CE40127: Advanced chemical 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: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
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 give a critical analysis of chemical and physical interactions in catalytic processes, to introduce analysis tools and models for a variety of reactors employing catalysts in solid form and to present the basis and value of residence time distribution (RTD) techniques. To introduce the principles and practices underlying, (a) the selection and sequencing of complex separations, and, (b) the design and operation of advanced separation processes based on adsorption, membranes, crystallisation and reactive separation.

Learning Outcomes:
After successfully completing this unit the student should be able to analyse reactions, mass transfer effects and deactivation in catalytic processes; analyse and design and wide variety of reactors, apply residence time distribution techniques, apply fundamental scientific and engineering principles to determine optimum separation sequences for complex multicomponent feedstocks; design and analyse the performance of adsorption-based separations; design and analyse the performance of membrane-based separations; design and analyse the performance of crystallisation-based separations; design and analyse the performance of advanced solvent extraction processes.

Advanced numerical, theoretical and computational methods. Problem solving. Taught/facilitated and assessed.


* Steps in catalytic reactions; rate expressions for catalytic reactions: Langmuir-Hinshelwood and Ely-Rideal; mass transfer in catalysis; catalyst deactivation and regeneration; analysis of reactor types: fixed bed, fluidised bed, slurry, monolith.
* Residence time distribution techniques and application to CSTR and PF reactors; non-ideal flow models: martial stagnation, by-pass, short-circuiting, segregated flow. CSTR and PF reactors in series and parallel, laminar flow and axial dispersion models.
* Selection and evaluation of alternative separation process routes and sequences. Selective adsorption; adsorbents; thermodynamic equilibria; kinetics. Batch, cyclic, continuous and pseudo steady-state processes. Examples of pressure and thermal swing gas and liquid phase separations. Adsorption column dynamics. Formulation of conservation and rate equations. Dilute, isothermal, plug flow and equilibrium-based assumptions. Non-equilibrium systems; constant pattern and linear driving force solutions.
* Membrane units and their applications in the process industries; reverse osmosis and nanofiltration. Ultrafiltration, microfiltration and the analysis of fouling. Membrane processes for gas separation; pervaporation. Electrodialysis and related processes.
* Thermodynamics of simple and complex crystallisation systems; phase diagrams. Kinetics of crystal nucleation and growth. Design and analysis of crystallisation equipment.
* Chemistry and engineering of reactive separation processes.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CE40127 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Chemical Engineering
  • UECE-AFB05 : BEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering (Year 3)
  • UECE-AKB05 : BEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • 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)