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CHEP7007 - Process Analysis

Title:Process Analysis
Long Title:Process Analysis
Module Code:CHEP7007
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Chemical & Process Eng
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: NIALL MORRIS
Module Author: IAN O SULLIVAN
Module Description: This module introduces students to the basic principles of process analysis; the application of thermodynamic equations and principles to equipment and cycles (closed or open systems). Building on the core topics covered here and in other modules, the student will learn how to develop a process simulation for a steady-state process. Through a series of tutorials and evaluation exercises the student will develop the skills necessary to use this powerful calculation tool effectively.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Solve hand calculation problems for non-flow equipment and non-flow cycles using thermodynamic tables or simple fluid models to find system properties.
LO2 Solve hand calculation problems for steady-flow equipment and steady-flow cycles using thermodynamic tables or simple fluid models to find system properties.
LO3 Construct a steady state simulation for a continuous process using Aspen Plus
LO4 Evaluate the results obtained from the steady state simulation of a continuous process
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Basic Definitions and the First Law of Thermodynamics
Thermodynamic definitions; thermodynamic properties; work and heat; two-property rule; thermodynamic cycles; the First Law; non-flow energy equation; internal energy as a consequence of the First Law; reversibility and irreversibility
Second Law of Thermodynamics
Introduction, thermal energy reservoirs, heat engines, refrigerators and heat pumps, reversible and irreversible processes, the Carnot cycle and principles. the thermodynamic temperature scale, Carnot heat engine, refrigerator and heat pump.
Increas in entropy principle, entropy change of pure substances, isentropic processes, TdS relations, entropy change of ideal gases, liquids and solids, reversible steady flow work, isentropic efficiencies of steady flow devices, entropy balance.
Work potential of energy, reversible work and irreversibility, second law efficiency, work potential of closed systems and control volumes.
Process Simulation
Steady-state process simulation, material and energy balances, recycle, unit operation models, sensitivity analysis, design specifications
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Performance Evaluation On the use of Aspen Plus 3,4 10.0 Week 4
Short Answer Questions Thermodynamics Exam 1,2 30.0 Week 7
Short Answer Questions Thermodynamics Exam 1,2 30.0 Week 12
Practical/Skills Evaluation Report on skills assessment exercise for AspenPlus 3,4 30.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lectures/discussions/problem solving 2.5 Every Week 2.50
Lab Steady State Process Simulation using Aspen Plus 1.5 Every Week 1.50
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Study, Solving problems 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Yunus A. Cengel 2015, Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach, 8th Ed., McGraw Hill [ISBN: 0073398179]
  • Felder, R.M., Rousseau, R.W. 2004, Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes, 3rd Ed., Ed., Wiley
  • Seider, W.D., Seader, J.D. and Lewin, D.R. 2004, Product and Process Design Principles, Second Ed., Wiley New York [ISBN: 0471452475]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Software: Aspen Technology Inc. 2010, Aspen Plus, AspenTech, 10 Canal Park, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • CD-ROM: Seider, W.D., Seader, J.D. and Lewin, D.R. 2004, Using Process Simulators in Chemical Engineering , Wiley

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_ECPEN_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Chemical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering 3 Mandatory

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