ACE

PE2804: Reaction Engineering and Unit Operations

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: 18 x 1hr(s) Lectures (blended learning)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Denis Ring, Department of Process and Chemical Engineering.
Lecturer(s): Mr Vincent Irwin, Department of Process and Chemical Engineering, Mr. Neil Alcock, Department of Process and Chemical Engineering; Staff, Department of Process and Chemical Engineering, and guest lecturers.
Module Objective: To develop an understanding of reaction engineering and a number of process unit operations specifically related to particle technology.
Module Content: Reaction Engineering; Introduction to chemistry, atoms molecules and how reactions work. Reaction terminology and the types of different reactors used in industry. Overview of reaction order, reaction kinetics and reaction thermodynamics. The influence of temperature and pressure on chemical reactions. The design and assessment of simple reactor operation. Unit operations: particle characterization; particle dynamics; elutriation; sedimentation; filtration; charging, dispensing of solids and size reduction; size reduction equipment; membrane separation processes; mixing/blending of powders; oral solids dosage forms.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Evaluate reactor performance with respect to environmental metrics.
  • Understand the fundamentals of chemical reactions and the factors influencing the generation of product from a reaction.
  • Outline the types of reactors which are used in industry.
  • Apply general mole balance equations, stoichiometry and rate laws in the design of a number of reactor types (e.g. batch, continuous, isothermal).
  • Scale up batch and continuous flow operations.
  • Identify, describe and analyse the operations of the following unit operations: sedimentation, centrifugation, filtration, membrane separation, charging and dispensing, milling, mixing and blending, granulation.
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) (open book written examination) to be taken in Summer 2022.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) (open 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 resubmit their continuous assessment in the autumn).

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