Module code: ENG3186

Module Overview

The Industrial Systems section introduces the basic principles of industrial systems thinking and detail as applied to the chemical industry.  The Energy Systems section covers methods and tools employed in energy systems integration decision making. It addresses the issues surrounding energy supply. The content ranges from technical detail (the engineering) through to national and international policy making.

Module provider

Chemical and Process Engineering

Module Leader

THORPE Rex (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: 105

Lecture Hours: 33

Tutorial Hours: 12

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:


Industrial Systems 

Industrial emissions to atmosphere; control of NOx, particulates, SOx, VOC’s and other emissions.

Safeguarding against fire and explosions, DOW Fire and Explosions Index, toxic and flammable chemicals storage 

Waste water treatment systems; primary, biological and tertiary

Introduction to practical optimization of multi-variable numerical problems with constraints (practical = within the context of a design project)

Developing block diagrams for whole chemical process systems from a FEED style process description.


Energy Systems 

Forms of energy provision:

  1. Industrial energy sources: power stations (fossil fuels, nuclear, biomass, wind, solar, tidal), direct use, CHP (Combined Heat and Power, including integrated boiler-house/power station common on chemical sites);

  2. Domestic energy sources: electricity, solar, direct use (fossil fuels);

  3. Transport energy sources: electricity, fuel combustion (fossil fuels), solar, animal, biomass.

Engineering calculations that apply in the energy sector (includes a revision of the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics, maximum (Carnot) efficiency, steam cycles, gas turbines, refrigeration and air-conditioning).

Mixed energy supply, the electricity pool: start up and shut down times, storage systems, availability of wind, solar and wave/tidal generation. Electricity distribution system (national grid), distribution of generating sites and demand in the UK, need for redundancy, transmission losses and other running costs, capital costs. Distributed energy systems (DES).

Global warming, probable causes and solutions. UK CO2 production by sector, global emissions, Rio, Kyoto, CO2 trading credits, taxation policy.

Minimizing CO2 emissions on chemical sites by maximizing heat recovery: pinch technology.





Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
School-timetabled exam/test IN-SEMESTER CLASS TEST (45 MINUTES) 20

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and analytical skills over the full range of module material and to encourage progressive learning.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         In-semester Class Test – 20%, 45 minutes, (LO1, LO2, LO3)

·         Examination – 80%, 2 hours, two sections, (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5, LO6)

Formative assessment

Examples sheets will be issued with numerical answers.


Verbal feedback verbal feedback in tutorials, written and verbal feedback on class tests.

Module aims

  • An appreciation of the issues of retrofitting equipment to existing process plant namely Environmental Design Integration for Atmospheric Emissions and Integrated Industrial Water Systems Design which will be considered with examples from specific process applications.
  • An appreciation of design heuristics and simple graphical tools that allow the determination of systems performance targets using the above process systems examples.
  • An awareness of the issues surrounding current and future energy and electrical power supply.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Appreciate the problems associated systems integration principles and challenges            KC
2 Confidently apply heuristics, graphical and algebraic optimisation techniques to solve both simple and integrated systems     KCP
3 Develop performance targets for industrial systems design knowing the capabilities and shortcomings of existing technology, be able to compare attributes of the various forms of industrial, transport and domestic energy provision and apply and perform basic engineering calculations relating to energy supply KCP
4 Explain the advantages and difficulties of mixed energy supply knowing the requirements and costs of the electricity distribution system (national grid) KC
5 Explain the basic science behind phenomena such as global warming and appraise the issues and strategy behind international agreements such as Kyoto        KC
6 Discuss how the UK is to meet its obligations through the Energy Bill etc. and have an appreciation of some of the differing views held by pressure groups and politicians (e.g. on nuclear energy)      CP

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:

  • Take students logically through the challenging material associated with the analysis of energy and industrial systems

  • To ensure a logical and progressive learning experience

  • To allow students to practice their skills on a series of real life tutorial problems in a supportive environment and in doing so prepare students for the analysis required in the Design Projects (ENG3192/3/4/5 and ENG3199) 

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures                                 3 hours per week for 11 weeks

  • Tutorials                                 1 hour per week for 12 weeks (average)

  • Independent Learning            8.75 hours per week for 12 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 and Petroleum Engineering BEng (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
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
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 2020/1 academic year.