Module Details

The information contained in this module specification was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the module at the end of the session. Queries about the module should be directed to the member of staff with responsibility for the module.
Title Introduction to Chemical Engineering for Chemists
Code CHEM396
Coordinator Dr G Sedghi
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2019-20 Level 6 FHEQ Second Semester 7.5

Pre-requisites before taking this module (or general academic requirements):



Chemical engineering is a branch of engineering that typically deals with the large-scale manufacturing processes for converting raw materials into useful products. The main topics and even the language of chemical engineering are entirely foreign to most chemists. The main aim of this module is to give chemistry students an insight into the world of chemical engineering and to develop an understanding of the main topics of chemical engineering in a practical manner. This module will enable chemistry students to study and to understand interdisciplinary topics at the interface between chemistry and chemical engineering, and it will enable them to engage successfully in dialogue with chemical engineers about chemical problems. The students will also learn extensions of concepts that are familiar to them, typically from thermodynamics and kinetics, but from a very different angle. They will learn about the types of data needed by engineers and why such data are required. This module w ill certainly help the employability prospects of chemistry students who intend to work in industry after graduation.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) By the end of the module students should be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of:
·         Mass and energy balances as fundamental operations in a process analysis procedure
·         Detailed process flowsheets
·         Mass, heat and momentum transfer
·         Chemical reaction kinetics and chemical reactor design
·         Fluid mechanics and measurement of flow rates
·         The calculation of design parameters, such as heat and mass transfer coefficients
·         Process control and project economics
·         Characteristics of separation processes
·  ;        pumps and heat exchangers
·         Hazard studies and risk assessments

(S1) The students will gain the skills required to apply their knowledge to process information, solve problems and evaluate outcomes related to reaction engineering, transport processes and separation process.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module consists of 16 lectures (50 minutes) to be given in the second semester, accompanied by suitable lecture handouts and worked examples (also available on VITAL). In addition, 2 revision lectures will be given. Students will also be given two sets of (assessed) extended problems to complete in their own time. These two sets will cover the material taught by the respective two staff who deliver the lectures. Successful completion of these problem sets will require the application of the knowledge and skills gained from the lectures (including worked examples) but also significant reading around the subject. Lists of recommended reading will be provided via VITAL.



· Introduction to chemical engineering, fundamental quantities in chemical process, and units of measurement
. Mass balances, energy balances, process analysis procedure, and process flow diagrams
. Heat transfer by conduction, convection (forced and natural convection) and radiation
. Fourier’s law of conduction, thermal conductivity, and rate of heat transfer
. Heat transfer coefficient and transit heat transfer
. Heat transfer in heat exchangers, types of heat exchangers, performance of heat exchangers and Fouling factor
· Mass transfer operations, mechanisms of separation and mass transfer calculations
. Separation processes, such as distillation, adsorption, evaporation, chromatographic separations, and centrifugal separations.
· Solid particles and motion of particles in fluid. Separation processes, such as sedimentation, filtration and membra ne separation processes.
· Fluid flow and momentum transfer. Modes of fluid flow, viscosity (Newton’s law of viscosity, dynamic and kinematic viscosity), laminar and turbulent flow, and balance or conservation equations
. Pipe flow (friction factors, losses in fittings and economic velocities), flow measurements, pumps and pumping.
· The role of chemical reaction kinetics and thermodynamics in chemical reactor design. Mole balances for chemical reactors, batch and continuous reactors, and reactor design equation
· Process control, control loop and block diagram, process dynamics, feedback control system, advanced control systems and batch control
. The economic appraisal process to plan for a profitable operation

Recommended Texts

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Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 18

Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 57


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
formal written examination  90 minutes    80       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
2 extended problem sets Standard UoL penalties apply for late submission. There is no re-submission opportunity. These assignments are not marked anonymously.  2 problem sets x 5 h    20