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PHYS7010 - Process Engineering

Title:Process Engineering
Long Title:Process Engineering
Module Code:PHYS7010
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Physics
Valid From: Semester 2 - 2015/16 ( January 2016 )
Module Delivered in no programmes
Module Coordinator: Donagh OMahony
Module Author: EAMONN BUTLER
Module Description: This module provides many of the instrumentation related skills required by a graduate. The module covers the essential instrumentation required for a practicing instrumentation technologist to carrying out process analysis. The module places an emphasis on instrumentation for use in hazardous areas.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 select and explain the operation of the primary methods of process analysis and the methods of obtaining representative samples;
LO2 calibrate basic analytical instrumentation commonly used in the process industries, analyse the data and write a report on same
LO3 interpret manufacturer specifications with respect to instrument operation and performance
LO4 evaluate the correct instrumentation and intrinsic safety requirements for use in ‘hazardous areas’;
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).

Process Instrumentation Level 6
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.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Sampling Systems
The need for representative samples; Sampling methods; Design issues; Sampling errors; filtration, time lags; Maintenance of sampling systems.
Process Analysis
Principles of operation, calibration, installation and maintenance of instruments for the measurement of chemical composition: Electrical conductivity; pH metering. Dissolved oxygen, TOD, BOD, Viscosity, Absorption, Thermal conductivity, humidity, turbidity. Air quality,Flue gas analysis, moisture in solids and gases. Gas Liquid Chromatography, Calorimetry, Polarimetry
Safety, Hazardous Areas and Intrinsic Safety
Terms and definitions; ATEX Directive, Area classification and zones; Grouping of apparatus and gas classification; Ignition mechanisms and characteristics, lower and upper explosive limit, ignition energy vs concentration; Temperature classification of equipment; “Making Safe” strategies; Explosion proofing flame proofing, increased safety, oil immersion, encapsulation, purged apparatus, powder filing; Intrinsic safety; Zener barriers, resistive, capacitive and inductive circuits; Marking of equipment. Minimum energy equation for electrical circuits
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions Written Assessment 1,3,4 35.0 Week 7
Short Answer Questions Written Assessment 1,3,4 35.0 Sem End
Practical/Skills Evaluation Laboratory Written Reports 2 30.0 Every Second Week
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 Theory Delivery 2.5 Every Week 2.50
Lab Practical Program 3.0 Every Second Week 1.50
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Further Study / Development of Delivered Theory 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 8.50
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Gillian McMahon 2007, Analytical instrumentation, Wiley [ISBN: 978-0-470-027]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Robert E. Sherman 2002, Process analyzer sample-conditioning system technology, Wiley-Interscience New York [ISBN: 978-0471293644]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

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