ENCH392-16S1 (C) Semester One 2016

Thermodynamics And Chemical Reaction Engineering

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
22 Feb 2016 - 26 Jun 2016


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 Content

This 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.

Learning Outcomes

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


Timetable 2016

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 Jack Mann 101 22 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:00 - 16:00 Otakaro 146 L1 22 Feb - 27 Mar
4 Apr - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 16:00 - 17:00 Otakaro 146 L1 22 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 16:00 - 17:00 Dovedale DC06 Glade 2 (10/5-24/5)
Dovedale DC04 Grotto (10/5-24/5)
9 May - 29 May

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 08:00 - 10:00 Otakaro 146 L1 2 May - 8 May

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Aaron Marshall


Alex Yip

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 Yip

Chemical 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 flow
o Tracer studies and residence time distributions
o Bypass and deadzones
o Models of non-ideal flow
 Maximum-mixedness vs complete segregation
 Tanks in series
 Tanks with bypass and deadzones
 Laminar flow vs plug flow


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Final Exam 40%
Reaction Engineering Homework x 5 10% Homework assignments x 5 worth 2% each
Thermodynamics Homework x2 10% 2 homework assignments worth 5% each
Thermodynamics Online Quiz x 2 4% x 2 quizzes worth 2% each
Thermodynamics Test 36%

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 consideration
Completion 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.


Recommended Reading

De Nevers, Noel; Physical and chemical equilibrium for chemical engineers; Wiley, 2002.

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; 7th ed; McGraw-Hill, 2005.

Additional Course Outline Information

Late submission of work

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



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

General Policies of the Department

Students 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

For further information see Chemical and Process Engineering.

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