ADVANCED CHEMICAL AND PETROCHEMICAL REACTION ENGINEERING - 2023/4
Module code: ENG3200
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. By completing this module students will develop a solid understanding of reactor design principles that are relevant to a wide variety of industries.
Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
TSAOULIDIS Dimitrios (Chst Chm 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: 84
Lecture Hours: 11
Tutorial Hours: 11
Guided Learning: 11
Captured Content: 33
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
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
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
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
Reaction mechanisms and operating conditions for
1) Steam cracking for light olefins
2) Olefins and aromatics polymerisation
|Unit of assessment
|ONLINE (OPEN BOOK) EXAM (4 HR WINDOW)
The assessment strategy is designed to meet the learning outcomes.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
- Coursework (1 element): Collaborative coursework on reactor design principles – 20% (LO1-LO5)
- Examination – 80%, (LO1-LO6), as per ENG3184 but to include a section on petrochemical reaction engineering
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
- 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.
|Explain the mechanisms which occur in heterogeneous catalytic and non-catalytic reactors.
|Recognise the rate limiting factor for both catalytic and non-catalytic heterogeneous reactors.
|Derive from first principles kinetic expressions and concentration profile expressions for catalytic and non-catalytic heterogeneous reactors.
|Discuss the analytical and experimental techniques for the characterisation of various reactors and reactor elements in chemical and petrochemical engineering.
|Evaluate the reactor characteristics in heterogeneous catalytic and non-catalytic reactors.
|Analyse and critically discuss the operation of some of the thermal and catalytic reaction processes applied in the refining and petrochemical industries.
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 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 face to face and through online learning resources
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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Sustainability: Throughout the module students develop an understanding of broad aspects relevant to sustainability for multiphase catalytic and biochemical processes. Students learn to develop integrated processes by linking reaction kinetics, mass and heat transfer performance and reactor modelling, to improve the efficiency of systems, optimise processes, and reduce waste.
Digital capabilities: Students are introduced to analysis and statistical software as part of the tutorial sessions, where they are building their skills in using digital tools to assess and analyse data. Students are also encouraged to utilise collaborative tools (Zoom, Teams, WhatsApp, etc) to communicate and meet with each other, as part of the group coursework submission, practices which are increasingly important to the modern industry.
Employability: The module enables students to develop a solid understanding of reaction engineering and reactor design principles that are relevant to a wide variety of industries. The tutorial sessions and the assessments undertaken are designed specifically to enable students to create general problem-solving skills and critical thinking on the development of mathematical models to design complex reactors across the process and chemical industry.
Global and cultural capabilities: The module is taught in an interactive way, where students are encouraged to engage with their peers and learn from diverse perspectives and practices. The coursework element in this module further encourages teamwork, as students must solve a set of real-world industrial problems as part of a team.
Resourcefulness and resilience: Once the students have developed a core knowledge of reaction engineering and reactor design, guided individual learning (in the form of journal publications) will give students the opportunity to reflect upon their understanding and gain confidence for their skills by recognising how the concepts developed in this module can find applications in industrial context and R&D.
Programmes this module appears in
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