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CHEP6002 - Process Principles & Design 1

Title:Process Principles & Design 1
Long Title:Process Principles & Design 1
Module Code:CHEP6002
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Chemical & Process Eng
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: NIALL MORRIS
Module Description: First steps in process design including an introduction to the prediction of the properties of gases and liquids, to processes and process safety and to the development of material balances of varying complexity.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Recognise and integrate the importance of technical, economic, environmental, safety and ethical considerations in good process design.
LO2 Assemble a systematic problem solving methodology to deal with analytical and operational problems.
LO3 Predict the properties of gases liquids and solids and assess the accuracy of those predictions
LO4 Develop, and solve material balances, of differing levels of complexity.
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 MTU 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.
No incompatible modules listed
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.


Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Process Design: First Steps in Design
Processes, Transformations, Unit Operations, Design Criteria, Safety, Environmental, Economic considerations.Ethics and Choices
Process Principles: Fundamentals
Units and systems of units, dimensions, consistency and conversion.
Process Principles: Process Variables
Mass and volume, flow rate, chemical composition, pressure, temperature
Problem Solving
Defining and describing a problem. drawing and fully labelling a flowchart for a system, Using Degree of Freedom Analysis to identify possible solutions, choosing and implementing a solution. Evaluating a solution.
Material Balances : Nonreactive Processes
Conservation of mass, basis, defining the system, batch, semi-batch, continuous processes, steady state and unsteady state processes. Overall and component balances. Single unit mass balance, multiple unit mass balance, recycle and purge. Use of software tools to solve material balances.
Single phase Systems
Liquid and solid densities, Ideal gases, standard conditions, equation of state for nonideal gases, critical temperature and pressure, the compressibility factor equation of state and generalised compressibility chart, non ideal mixtures, material balances on systems involving gases, sources of data, use of software tools to retrieve data and to carry out calculations for single phase systems
Multiphase Systems
Phase diagrams, vapour pressure and vapour pressure estimation, Gibb's Phase Rule, gas-liquid systems with one condensable component, Raoult's Law, partial pressure, material balances on condensers, saturation and humidity
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Process Design, Choices and Ethics 1,2 25.0 Week 5
Short Answer Questions Wk 8 Assessment 2,3,4 15.0 Week 8
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 60.0 End-of-Semester
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 Lecture 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Lab Computer exercises related to module 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Read, assimilate and practise module content 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 5.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 5.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Richard M. Felder,, Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes, 2005 Edition Ed., Wiley [ISBN: 9780471375876]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Himmelblau, D.M. 2004, Principles and Calculations in Chemical Engineering,, Seventh Ed., Prentice-Hall [ISBN: 0131233688]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Mathemathical Software: Michael CutlipPolymath
  • Software: MicrosoftMS Excel
  • Software: AspenTechAspenPlus
  • CD-ROM: Felder, R.M.Supplementary Resources for Textbook

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_ECPEN_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Chemical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering 1 Mandatory
CR_ECPEN_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Chemical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering 3 Elective
CR_ECBPO_6 Certificate in Chemical and Biopharmaceutical Process Operations 1 Mandatory

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