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PE2802: Process Simulation and Optimisation and Occupational Health & Safety in the Process Industries

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 6, Max 35.
Pre-requisite(s): None.
Co-requisite(s): None.
Teaching Period(s): Semester 2.
Teaching Methods: 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures (blended learning)
Module Co-ordinator: Prof Jorge Oliveira, Department of Process and Chemical Engineering.
Lecturer(s): Prof Jorge Oliveira, Department of Process and Chemical Engineering, Mr. Eoin Maguire, Department of Process and Chemical Engineering; Staff, School of Engineering, Guest Lecturers.
Module Objective: To know how to apply a statistical approach to data analysis in order to obtain objective quantitative information on the performance of a process or product towards their improvement and to understand health and safety policies, procedures and legal requirements and their applications to process and plant design and operation.
Module Content: Process optimisation and continuous process improvement. Overview of a systems engineering approach to process analysis. Identification of the crucial factors that affect a system's response: use of appropriate Design of Experiments techniques, factorial analysis using ANoVA and Pareto analysis. The Taguchi method of robust engineering design for minimising waste and non-conformity costs. Introduction to health and safety legislation, risk assessment methodologies, safe systems of work, technical/process safety, incident/accident investigation, emergency planning and response.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Apply one-way and two-way ANoVA to analyse data and use this tool in assessing process performance.
  • Apply a basic Taguchi approach to optimise performance and consistency of performance in an industrial process.
  • Describe the legal obligations on employers and employees relating to health and safey in the work place.
  • Describe the concept and methods of assessing risk, safe systems of work and their application in the process industry.
  • Carry out preliminary risk assessments in order to identify appropriate safe systems of work.
  • Describe accident investigation techniques and carry out basic accident investigations.
  • To construct emergency response plans based on risk analysis and incident data.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 70 marks; Continuous Assessment 30 marks (2 x 2,500-3,000 word essays, projects, assignments or equivalent, 15 marks each).
Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40% and at least 30% in both the written examination and the continuous assessment.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) (closed book written examination) to be taken in Summer 2022.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) (closed book written examination) to be taken in Autumn 2022. The mark for Continuous Assessment is carried forward (unless a grade of less than 30% has been achieved in which case the student will be invited to resumit their continuous assessment in the autumn).

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