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Unit of study_

CHNG3803: Reaction Engineering

In this unit of study, students learn to select and design reactors for a broad range of chemical transformations. The course employs an integrated approach to learning combining the basic principles of material and energy balance, thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer, and fluid mechanics with those of chemical reaction kinetics to allow for the design of chemical reactors. Reactor design concepts are introduced through topics, such as ideal batch reactors, combinations of reactors, multiple reaction systems, and catalytic reactions. Principles of chemical reactions, including reaction mechanisms, temperature and concentration dependence of chemical kinetics, and catalytic effects are covered in relation to reactor design. Students practice and deepen their understanding of the course content in a laboratory practical in which they use experimental data from chemical reactors to estimate rate laws.

Code CHNG3803
Academic unit Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Credit points 6
CHNG2801 and (CHNG2802 or AMME2960 OR BMET2960) and CHNG2803
Assumed knowledge:
Enrolment in this unit of study assumes that all core 2000 level chemical engineering units have been successfully completed.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Apply key concepts and principles of reaction engineering to evaluate reactor designs and operating conditions for given reaction systems
  • LO2. Determine equilibrium conditions in reactive systems from thermodynamic criteria
  • LO3. Model reaction engineering systems
  • LO4. Carry out size comparisons of ideal reactors
  • LO5. Optimize operating conditions for ideal reactors
  • LO6. Estimate rate laws by using experimental reaction data
  • LO7. Communicate effectively in writing