ENCH392-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Thermodynamics And Chemical Reaction Engineering

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


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.

Learning Outcomes

  • An appreciation and basic understanding of equation of states and their relevance to chemical
  • 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 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 14:00 - 15:00 A4 Lecture Theatre
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 14:00 - 15:00 Ernest Rutherford 140
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 14:00 A4 Lecture Theatre
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun

Timetable Note

36 lectures.

Students are expected to spend 2 hours per week reviewing lecture content and preparing for tutorials, and an additional 20 hours per assignment.


Aaron Marshall


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Exam 58%
Online Quizzes 12% Every week (opens Friday, closes following Monday at 23:59
Thermodynamics Assignment 21 Apr 2022 15%
Reaction Engineering Assignment 27 May 2022 15%

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

De Nevers, Noel; Physical and chemical equilibrium for chemical engineers ; 2nd ed; Wiley, 2012.

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 ; 7th ed; McGraw-Hill, 2005.


All information about academic policies (e.g. special consideration, dishonest practice) can be found on the ENCH-Undergraduate LEARN page.

Relation to Other Courses

This is a compulsory course for Chemical and Process Engineering.

Prerequisites: ENCH 296, ENCH 241

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,030.00

International fee $5,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, 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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