ENCH394-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018

Process Engineering Design 2

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2018
End Date: Sunday, 24 June 2018
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 2 March 2018
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 18 May 2018


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

This course provides an introduction to process design. The course introduces the Douglas hierarchical design philosophy and the use of process simulators to aid in process design. The course builds on the material taught throughout the 1st professional year, especially the concepts of material and energy balances. Here these concepts are extended to the design of more complex processes. The design of specific unit operations is introduced by providing a detailed introduction to heat exchanger design. The course also builds on the process safety material taught in ENCH295 to look at consequence modelling and techniques for risk reduction in process safety. An introduction to engineering materials for chemical engineers is also provided.

Course Content
• Process Safety (consequence modelling, risk reduction and legal framework) (Daniel Holland, 9L, 1 Test)
• Introduction to Process Design (Daniel Holland, 6L, 1 Assignment)
• Heat Exchanger Design (Shusheng Pang, 6L, 1 Assignment)
• UNISIM Software Package Training (Daniel Holland, 3 Computer Lab Tutorials, 1 Assignment)
• Introduction to Engineering Materials (Mark Staiger – Mech Eng, 16L, 2 Quizzes, 1 Exam)

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge outcomes
  • Understand and be capable of applying energy and material balance analysis in process engineering.
  • Rapidly analyse the economics of potential processes for the production of chemicals.
  • Optimise processes using process modelling software.
  • Understand the requirements of detailed design of unit operations.
  • Design heat exchangers for process applications.
  • Evaluate safety of proposed processes.
  • Design systems to reduce the risk in industrial processes.
  • Understand how microstructure influences material properties.
  • Classify materials based on measured properties.
  • Identify suitable materials for process applications.

    Transferable skills
  • Team working.
  • Communication of complex idea to peers.
  • Simple economic analysis.
    • University Graduate Attributes

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

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Daniel Holland


Shusheng Pang and Mark Staiger


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Exam (Materials content only) 25%
Process Safety Test 21 Mar 2018 20%
Assignment - Process Design 23 Apr 2018 20%
Assignment - Heat Exchanger Design 04 May 2018 15%
Assignment - Process Simulation 14 May 2018 15%
Materials Quiz 1 18 May 2018 2.5%
Materials Quiz 2 01 Jun 2018 2.5%

Textbooks / Resources

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.


Students with concerns about the course should contact Daniel Holland, the 2nd Pro Director of Studies, or the Head of Department.

General Policies of the Department
Students may obtain the general policies of the University from the website. For example:

Special considerations: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/study/special-consideration/  

Academic Appeals of Assessments: Students with concerns about assessment processes or grades should be advised to speak first with the relevant lecturer. If the matter cannot be resolved, then the student should meet and discuss the matter with the Head of Department/School and thereafter follow the procedures outlined in the University procedures http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/media/documents/postgraduate-/Academic-Appeals-Grievances-Principles-Procedures.pdf  and regulations http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/regulations/general-regulations/academic-appeals-and-grievance-regulations/

Reconsideration of grades: If you are concerned that your final grade may be incorrect it is suggested (for CAPE) that you make an informal query to the course coordinator, but you may follow the official procedures: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/study/examinations/result-dates-and-appeals/

Disabilities: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/disability/

Completion of all assignments, projects and tests.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $937.00

International fee $5,125.00

* 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.

All ENCH394 Occurrences

  • ENCH394-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018