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Unit of study_

CHNG9301: Process Plant Design

This is a project based unit of study that aims to develop the practical skills required in process engineering with the focus on design, simulation, operation, control, and optimization of chemical and biological processes. It employs an interdisciplinary approach that applies the previously acquired knowledge of mass and heat transfer, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, reaction engineering, design of unit operations, process modelling, and process control to understand the interaction between unit operations, to analyze the process flowsheet, and to carry out equipment selection and sizing for the plant. The integrated course structure helps students develop their knowledge of integrated process design by working on miniplant design projects, involving process simulation/modelling using flowsheeting software, detailed design of plant equipment (reactor, distillation and absorption columns, pumps, piping), process modification (eg by heat integration) and process optimisation.

Code CHNG9301
Academic unit Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
CHNG9201 and CHNG9202 and CHNG9203 and CHNG9204 and CHNG9206

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

  • LO1. use international codes and engineering standards
  • LO2. evaluate the behaviour of heat exchangers, tray and packed-bed distillation and absorption columns using commercial process simulation software
  • LO3. select and size minor process equipment for transport, handling, and storage of fluids, including pumps, compressors, blowers, expanders, storage tanks, pressure vessels, piping, and instrumentation equipment
  • LO4. design heat exchanger networks using heat integration principles and pinch analysis
  • LO5. undertake detailed design of tray and packed-bed columns (hydraulic design)
  • LO6. demonstrate proficiency in process flow sheet development, evaluation, and selection of the most suitable arrangement of a chemical process on the basis of technical, economic, social and environmental considerations
  • LO7. demonstrate proficiency in design of control schemes and Piping and Instrument Diagrams (P&ID) for common process units and whole processes

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for 1000-level and 5000-level units, or one week before the first day of teaching for all other units.

There are no unit outlines available online for previous years.