ENCH394-16S1 (C) Semester One 2016

Process Engineering Design 2

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


Process engineering design projects, risk reduction techniques, heat exchanger design, an introduction to materials science and material and energy balance software.


-Risk Reduction (DH)
More exploration of risk versus hazard.  Introduce design tools of risk reduction techniques and inherent safety.  Brief coverage of major safety laws in New Zealand.
Course notes provided.

-Heat Exchanger Design (IAG)
Sizing and specification of heat exchangers, including shell-and-tube heat exchangers.

-Introduction to Process Design PD (CJW)
An introduction to the strategy of process design along with a design project.

-Materials (MK)
Introduction to the concepts and properties of engineering materials.  This section will be lectured by Prof Milo Kral from Mechanical Engineering.

This is an introduction to industrial process simulation software packages UNISIM, which is an industry standard, particularly for the oil and gas industries.  Instruction on the use of this package will be given, followed by hands-on practice in the computer lab.

-Design Projects:

Design Project(CJW): A project selected to enable students to use their knowledge from other courses in the context of process design.

UNISIM Process Design (CJW): Computer aided design of processing plant using the Unisim simulator.  Basic tuition on using the simulator will be given followed by application to a set design problem.

Contribution to Accreditation requirements

This course contributes to the following Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) graduate profiles

2. formulate and solve models that predict the behaviour of part or all of complex engineering systems, using first principles of the fundamental engineering sciences and mathematics;
3. synthesise and demonstrate the efficacy of solutions to part or all of complex engineering problems
4. recognise when further information is needed and be able to find it by identifying, evaluating and drawing conclusions from all pertinent sources of information, and by designing and carrying out experiments;
5. understand the accepted methods of dealing with uncertainty (such as safety factors) and the limitations of the applicability of methods of design and analysis and identify, evaluate and manage the physical risks in complex engineering problems;
6. function effectively in a team by working co-operatively with the capacity to become a leader or manager;
7. communicate effectively, comprehending and writing effective reports and design documentation, summarising information, making effective oral presentations and giving and receiving clear oral instructions;
8. understand the role of engineers and their responsibility to society by demonstrating an understanding of the general responsibilities of a professional engineer;
10. Demonstrate competence in the practical art of engineering in their area of specialisation by showing in design an understanding of the practical methods for the construction and maintenance of engineering products, and using modern calculation and design tools competently for complex engineering problems.

This course contributes to the following Institute of Chemical Engineers, UK  (IChemE)

Chemical engineering learning outcomes
(2) Core Chemical Engineering: “Systems”
(3) Design
(4) Social, environmental and economic context

(3) Development and applications of skills – increased skills (both subject-specific skills and transferable skills), normally acquired through enhanced and extended project work;

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:


ENCH294, ENCH291

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Chris Williamson


Ian Gilmour , Milo Kral and Daniel Holland

Students Repeating the Course
See the Course Co-ordinator for arrangements on crediting previous year’s assignments.

Students with concerns about the course should contact any of the teachers listed above, the 2nd Pro Director of Studies (Dr. Chris Williamson (Term 1) or Dr Daniel Holland (Term 2)), or the Head of Department (Dr. Peter Gostomski).


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignment 10%
Final Exam 25%
Design Project 20%
Project UNISIM 12%
Materials 16.5%
Materials Test 16.5%

Assessment and special consideration

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.

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

Douglas, James M; Conceptual design of chemical processes; McGraw-Hill, 1988.

Felder, Richard M. , Rousseau, Ronald W; Elementary principles of chemical processes; 3rd ed; John Wiley, 2000.

Himmelblau, David Mautner; Basic principles and calculations in chemical engineering; 5th ed; Prentice Hall, 1989.

Indicative Fees

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.

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