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Laboratory and pilot-plant experiments, design and analysis of experiments using statistical methods, and computational tools useful for analysing data.
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.Function effectively in a team environment by working cooperatively with your lab partner.
• 5 experiments with process equipment at pilot plant scale, reported in various ways.• Lectures describing the laboratories, safety, statistical analysis.• 1 day workshop on plant start-up.
1 workshop (worth 5%) – A lab on P&IDs and the start-up of CAPE’s distillation column (approx. 2 hrs).Two management reports (worth 20% each) - reports to management (due 1 week after the lab)Two short format reports (worth 10% each) - a rapidly-executed industrial report to immediate superior. The report is due on the same day that the lab is completed.One formal report (worth 35%) - A longer and more in depth analysis of the results. In addition, students will supplement this with the data from other students who have completed the lab in the same year. This will result in an augmented statistical analysis, which may result in suggestions for lab improvements. Final report to be submitted 4 weeks after the experiment.
Montgomery, Douglas C;
Design and analysis of experiments;
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013.
Montgomery, Douglas C. , Runger, George C;
Applied statistics and probability for engineers;
John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2014.
LECTURESScheduled as described in “My Timetable”LABORATORIESLaboratories 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 the following experiments:• Reactor – Batch stirred tank reactor to determine kinetics of conversion of vegetable oils into biodiesel• Filtration - Lab-scale investigation of membrane separations• Heat Exchanger - Plate heat-exchanger - heat balances and heat transfer coefficients• Spray Drier – Material and energy balances to determine drying rates for scale-up• Distillation experiment - Practical experience with a large pilot-scale continuous distillation column• P&ID drawingWORKLOAD• 6 laboratory days with contact time 3-6 hours each, time of report preparation 10-25 hours for different report styles, total 130 hours• Lecture attendance (approximately 15 hours)
RELATION TO OTHER COURSESThis course builds on the skills acquired in first-professional year chemical engineering laboratories, extending the range of reporting, allowing the student to take more initiative, and generally increasing the size of the plant used to pilot scale. The experiments are related to other ENCH 300 series courses currently being studied.
1 workshop (worth 5%)Two management reports (worth 20% each)Two short format reports (worth 10% each)One formal report (worth 35%)
Must attend all labs.
50% of grade for late submission.
Domestic fee $956.00
International fee $5,250.00
* 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.