ENCH395-16W (C) Whole Year 2016

Process Engineering Laboratories

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
22 Feb 2016 - 13 Nov 2016


Laboratory and pilot-plant experiments, design and analysis of experiments using statistical methods, and computational tools useful for analysing data.

Learning Outcomes

Practical demonstration of hardware, concepts and phenomena in relation to the broader context of a process engineering system.

  • Solve open ended chemical engineering problems by researching, designing, planning and conducting experiments.
  • Gather, manage, interpret and use experimental information appropriately.
  • Effective communication using a variety of formats to a variety of audiences.
    • University Graduate Attributes

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


Course Coordinator

Matt James Watson

Lab Coordinator

Alfred Herritsch


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Management Report 15%
Management Report and Poster 25%
One Formal Report 25%
Two Same-day Reports 30%
Workshop 5%

Five reports will be completed:
One Management Report (worth 15%) - reports to management (due 6 working days after lab)

One Management Report and Poster (worth 25%) - poster is on A3 sheet, large print, brevity, clarity and presentation important (due 9 working days after lab)

Two Same-day Reports (worth 15%) - a rapidly-executed industrial report to immediate superior.

One Formal Report  (worth 25%) - full experiment including a research component, in which experience drawn from a previous experiment and reports of other students who have done the same experiment are used to improve on that experiment in some fashion. First draft due 10 working days after lab, then draft back with corrections after oral presentation (3 working days after draft submission). Final report to be submitted 6 working days after presentation.

1 workshop (worth 5%):  On August 16th a one day workshop on the start-up of the CAPE’s distillation column.


Course Requirements

Wednesdays 8am Otakaro 146.  First lecture February 24th.


Laboratories generally start at 8 am or later upon agreement with tutor and finish around 12 pm. Students will be able to choose 1 of 4 laboratory streams which will run on alternating Mondays and Fridays. Each stream will contain 4 of the following experiments:

• Reactor – tubular and CSTR, conversion of the reaction
• Filtration - scale up from laboratory to industrial size
• Heat Exchanger - Plate type - heat balances and transfer coefficients
• Spray Drier – water balances and drying rates of milk droplets
• Non Newtonian Flow - small tube viscometry for prediction of flow in large tubes
• Level Dynamics - modelling the filling and emptying of tanks
• Refrigeration - determining the thermodynamic efficiency
• Mixing – rates of dissolution of a suspended soluble particle
• Dissolving Oxygen – oxygen transfer in an air-bubbled stirred tank
• 5 laboratory days with contact time 3-6 hours each, time of report preparation 10-25 hours for different report styles, total 130 hours
• 7 lectures
• 1 workshop

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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  • ENCH395-16W (C) Whole Year 2016