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Thermodynamics of fluids and phase equilibrium and the fundamentals of chemical reaction engineering. Thermodynamic topics covered include: volumetric properties of fluids, thermodynamic properties of pure fluids, behaviour of solutions and phase equilibria. Chemical reaction engineering topics covered include: reaction kinetics and rate equations, reactor design, collection and analysis of kinetic data, heterogeneous reactions and catalysis, mixing and non-ideal flow in reactors.
Course ContentThis course is a 36-lecture course, covering reaction engineering and thermodynamics. Chemical reaction engineering assumes knowledge of ENCH241, mainly around chemical reaction rate, stoichiometry and orders of reaction plus some concepts of material balances from ENCH291. The thermodynamics section assumes knowledge from ENCH291 and 292, and covers: a review of fundamentals, volumetric properties of fluids, thermodynamic properties of pure fluids, behaviour of solutions and phase equilibrium.
An appreciation and basic understanding of equation of states and their relevance to chemical engineering An understanding of the relationship between thermodynamic properties Understand phase equilibrium and its thermodynamic basis Have a basic knowledge of solution thermodynamics An understanding of reactions and their relevance to chemical engineering Introduction to reaction rate laws and interpretation of reaction rate data Proficiency in sizing isothermal ideal reactors An understanding of chemical reaction equilibrium To be able to describe the properties of a non-isothermal reactor Understanding of the effect of non-ideal flow conditions on chemical reaction
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Thermodynamics Topics • Review of 1st law, 2nd law, phases and equilibrium(e.g. SVA Chapters 1, 2, 4, 5)• Volumetric properties of pure fluids (e.g. SVA Chapter 3)• Thermodynamic properties of fluids (e.g. SVA Chapter 6)• Solution thermodynamics, Phase and chemical reaction equilibrium(e.g. de Nevers Chapters 3–8 and SVA Chapters 10–12,14)Chemical Reaction Engineering (term 2)Dr Aaron Marshall and Dr Alex YipChemical Reaction Engineering Topics• Reaction rates, mole balances, conversion, ideal reactors (Fogler Chapter 1)• Rate laws, rate constants, Arrhenius equation for temperature dependence, rate data (Fogler Chapter 3,7)• Isothermal reactor design, conversion, variable flow rates, reactors in series, ∆P (Fogler Chapters 5-6)• Multi-step reaction mechanisms and rate laws • Non-isothermal reactors, heat effects • Non-ideal flowo Tracer studies and residence time distributionso Bypass and deadzoneso Models of non-ideal flow Maximum-mixedness vs complete segregation Tanks in series Tanks with bypass and deadzones Laminar flow vs plug flow
Course policy on collaboration and cheating:Solving problems in small teams and collaborative learning when working on assignments is encouraged. However direct copying is plagiarism and will result in zero marks for all students involved. When assessment is distributed, you will be instructed whether the assessment is to be submitted for marking individually or as part of a pair/group. The homework is designed as a tool to help prepare you for the exams. The advice is to try them individually before collaborating in groups.Assessment completion and special considerationCompletion of all assessment items is a requirement for passing this course.Students may apply for special consideration if their performance in an assessment worth 10% or more is affected by circumstances including illness, bereavement, and some sporting events. Please see http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/ for more information or ask the course coordinator.If students are unable to complete assessment items worth less than 10% of the course, or feel that their performance was or could be impaired, they should contact the course coordinator for special consideration. Such requests should be made before the assessment completion date - requests after this time will only be considered under special circumstances.Students prevented by circumstances from completing the course after the final date for withdrawing, may apply for special consideration for late discontinuation of the course. Applications must be submitted to the Examinations Office within five days of the end of the main examination period for the semester.
De Nevers, Noel;
Physical and chemical equilibrium for chemical engineers;
Fogler, H. Scott;
Essentials of chemical reaction engineering;
Prentice Hall, 2011 (or any reaction engineering text by Fogler).
Smith, J. M. , Van Ness, H. C., Abbott, Michael M;
Introduction to chemical engineering thermodynamics;
Students with concerns about the course should contact any of the teachers listed above, the 2nd Pro Director of Studies or the Head of Department
ConcernsStudents with concerns about the course should contact any of the teachers listed above, the 2nd Pro Director of Studies or the Head of DepartmentGeneral Policies of the DepartmentStudents may obtain the general policies of the University on matters such as the aegrotat applications, appeals procedures, reconsideration of grades and special provision for students with disabilities from the University Calendar.
Domestic fee $901.00
International fee $4,863.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Chemical and Process Engineering.