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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.
This course covers core chemical engineering topics related to reaction engineering and thermodynamics. Chemical reaction engineering includes developing an understanding of chemical reaction rate, stoichiometry, reactor flow and residence time distributions as well as reactor design. The thermodynamics section covers volumetric properties of fluids, thermodynamic properties of pure fluids, solution thermodynamics, as well as phase and reaction equilibrium.Course DetailsChemical Reaction Engineering Topics• Reaction rates, mole balances, conversion, ideal reactors • Rate laws, rate constants, Arrhenius equation for temperature dependence, rate data • Isothermal reactor design, conversion, variable flow rates, reactors in series • Multi-step reaction mechanisms and rate laws • Non-isothermal reactors, heat effects • Non-ideal flowThermodynamics Topics • Review of 1st law, 2nd law, phases and equilibrium• Volumetric properties of pure fluids • Thermodynamic properties of fluids • Solution thermodynamics• Phase and chemical reaction 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 thermodynamics An 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.
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.
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
All information about academic policies (e.g. special consideration, dishonest practice) can be found on the ENCH-Undergraduate LEARN page.
This is a compulsory course for Chemical and Process Engineering. Prerequisites: ENCH 296, ENCH 241
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.
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Chemical and Process Engineering