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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, the effect of mass transfer on chemical reaction, 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 296, 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 engineeringAn understanding of the relationship between thermodynamic propertiesUnderstand phase equilibrium and its thermodynamic basisHave a basic knowledge of solution thermodynamicsAn understanding of reactions and their relevance to chemical engineeringIntroduction to reaction rate laws and interpretation of reaction rate dataProficiency in sizing isothermal ideal reactorsAn understanding of chemical reaction equilibriumTo be able to describe the properties of a non-isothermal reactorUnderstanding of the effect of non-ideal flow conditions on chemical reaction
Students must attend one activity from each section.
THERMODYNAMICS TOPICS (Part 1) • 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 TOPICS (Part 2) • 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) • Non-isothermal reactors, heat effects • Non-ideal flow: Tracer studies and residence time distributions, Bypass and deadzones, Models of non-ideal 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 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.
De Nevers, Noel;
Physical and chemical equilibrium for chemical engineers;
Fogler, H. Scott;
Essentials of chemical reaction engineering;
Prentice Hall, 2011.
Smith, J. M. , Van Ness, H. C., Abbott, Michael M;
Introduction to chemical engineering thermodynamics;
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 special consideration applications, appeals procedures, reconsideration of grades and special provision for students with disabilities from the University Calendar.
Relation to Other CoursesPrerequisites: ENCH296, ENCH241. ENCH392 is a compulsory 2nd Professional course.Course Requirements 36 lectures and assessments as advised.36 contact hours and completion of all assessment
Assessment Important Dates /Times Assessment weight:Thermodynamics online quizzes: 6% (2% each), end of week 2, 4 ,6.Thermodynamics homework sheets: 9% (4.5% each) due 5pm, 6th March and 5pm, 3rd AprilReaction Engineering assignment (due on 15 May, Fri, before 5 PM): 20%Exam End of semester: 30% (ACY – Reaction Eng.), 35% (ATM - Thermodynamics)Assessment completion and special considerationCompletion of all assessment items is a requirement for passing this course.
50% deduction for late submissions.
Must submit all assessments.
Domestic fee $975.00
International fee $5,500.00
* 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.