Module code: ENG3200

Module provider

Chemical and Process Engineering

Module Leader

ALPAY E Prof (Chm Proc Eng)

Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 6

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 110

Lecture Hours: 33

Tutorial Hours: 7

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

Class tests and coursework Equivalent assessments will be made available. Examination Resit paper

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Completion of the progression requirements to FHEQ Level 6 of degree courses in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. Qualifying Conditions:  A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module.

Module overview

This module provides students with the knowledge and skills to complete chemical reaction engineering analysis on both catalytic and fluid-solid reactors when applied in petrochemical processing. The students will acquire knowledge about different heterogeneous reactor configurations and be able to apply chemical engineering principles to model kinetic behaviour applicable to reaction engineering. 

Module aims

This module aims to further students’ understanding of chemical reaction engineering, relating specifically to the two main areas of heterogeneous non-catalytic reactors, heterogeneous catalytic reactors and their application to petrochemical processing.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Explain the mechanisms which occur in heterogeneous catalytic and non-catalytic reactors. KC
002 Recognise the rate limiting factor for both catalytic and non-catalytic heterogeneous reactors. KCP
003 Derive from first principles kinetic expressions and concentration profile expressions for catalytic and non-catalytic heterogeneous reactors. KC
004 Discuss the analytical and experimental techniques for the characterisation of various reactors and reactor elements in chemical and petrochemical engineering. KCP
005 Evaluate the reactor characteristics in heterogeneous catalytic and non-catalytic reactors. KCP
006 Analyse and critically discuss the operation of some of the thermal and catalytic reaction processes applied in the refining and petrochemical industries. KCP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Transport Processes in Heterogeneous Catalysis         
Interfacial and intra-particle gradient effects

Fixed Bed Catalytic Reactor Design

Pseudo-homogeneous and heterogeneous models

Fluidised Bed and Transport Reactors    

Two and three-phase models; transport reactors

Multiphase Reactors           

General design and simplifications

Non-Catalytic Fluid-Solid Reactions

Particle dissolution and shrinking core models.

Industrial Reactor Case Studies                                        

e.g. bio-reactors; polymer reaction engineering; structured reactors

Refinery processes                                     

Reaction mechanisms and operating conditions for

            1)         Treatment processes, e.g. hydrotreating (including amine treatment and sulphur  recovery), naphtha reforming

            2)         Conversion processes, e.g. catalytic cracking, thermal cracking and coking

            3)         Gasoline production, e.g. alkylation, isomerisation, blending

Petrochemical processes               

Reaction mechanisms and operating conditions for

            1)         Steam cracking for light olefins

            2)         Olefins and aromatics polymerisation  

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to help students:

Describe and give examples for the use of heterogeneous reactors in the chemical and petrochemical industries
Develop skills to derive kinetic expressions from engineering first principles.
Identify appropriate design equations to apply for reactor evaluation

Students will have lectures and tutorials to provide them with the basic appreciation of the key chemical engineering concepts applicable to heterogeneous reaction engineering. Worked examples in lectures and tutorials will give students the opportunity to place their learning in context.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures – 3 hours per week for 11 weeks
Tutorials – 7 hours of tutorials
Independent learning – ~9 hours per week for 12 weeks (average)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to meet the learning outcomes.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Collaborative coursework on heterogeneous reactors with individual submission – 20%,  (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5)
Individual coursework petrochemical reactors – 10%, 15 hours, (LO4, LO5)
Examination – 70%, (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5, LO6)

Formative assessment and feedback.

There is no formal formative assessment, however students will receive formative feedback throughout the module, including:

Each week a tutorial session will follow the format of problems based on the recent lecture material
In the tutorial sessions formative feedback on problems will be provided, including problems covered in lectures.
Oral feedback from academics, tutors and their peers during practicals and tutorials
Feedback session following each assessment
Feedback to specific queries via email, with responses being made available to all via SurreyLearn

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Chemical and Petroleum Engineering BEng (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Chemical and Petroleum Engineering MEng 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.