Module code: ENG3184

Module Overview

This module provides students with the knowledge and skills to complete chemical reaction engineering analysis on biological, catalytic and fluid-solid reactors. 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 provider

Chemical and Process Engineering

Module Leader

TSAOULIDIS Dimitrios (Chm Proc Eng)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 109

Lecture Hours: 30

Tutorial Hours: 11

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Completion of the progression requirements to FHEQ Level 6 of degree courses in Chemical Engineering and Chemical and Bio-Systems Engineering or equivalent.

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

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 20
Examination EXAMINATION 2 HOURS 80

Alternative Assessment

A resit examination will be made available.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to meet the learning outcomes.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Coursework (2 elements): Collaborative coursework on reactor design principles – 2x10%,  (LO1-LO5)

  • Examination – 80%, (LO1-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 or during tutorials

Module aims

  • This module aims to further students' understanding of chemical and biological reaction engineering, relating specifically to the three main areas of heterogeneous non-catalytic reactors, heterogeneous catalytic reactors and bio-reactors (microbial & enzymatic).

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 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. K
004 Apply reactor models for the design and analysis of different reactor types. KCP
005 Identify critical parameters affecting the performance of heterogeneous and multi-phase reactors KC
006 Identify practical design principles of representative industrial reactors. KC

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to help students:

  • Describe and give examples for the use of heterogeneous and multiphase  reactors in the chemical engineering industry

  • Develop skills to derive reactor models from engineering first principles, and thus undertake reactor design

Students will have lectures and tutorials to provide them with 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. Coursework will enable students to put their learning in context of current industrial applications and visualise the learnt theory. Throughout the module, SurreyLearn will be used extensively to inform students and disseminate specific material such as lecture notes, useful links and literature. SurreyLearn will also be used as the main communication tool between academics and students and to upload assignments and provide initial assignment feedback.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures / Design Seminars – 3 hours per week for 9 weeks; 3 hours across weeks 10 and 11.

  • Tutorials – 1 hour per week for 11 weeks

  • Independent learning and research – ~ 10 hours per week for 11 weeks (average)

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Chemical Engineering BEng (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Chemical 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 2020/1 academic year.