University of Melbourne
Area of Study
Taught In English
Students must have completed:
MAST10009 Accelerated Mathematics 2
MAST10006 Calculus 2
And ONE OF:
CHEN20010 Material and Energy Balances
CHEN20008 Chemical Process Analysis 2
CHEM20018 Chemistry: Reactions and Synthesis
CHEM20018 Reactions and Synthesis may also be taken concurrently
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewAIMSThis subject introduces students to aspects of reactor system design. Chemical reactors are at the heart of any major chemical process design. Chemical reaction engineering is concerned with the exploitation of chemical reactions on a commercial scale. Chemical reaction engineering aims at studying and optimizing chemical reactions in order to define the best reactor design. Hence, the interactions of flow phenomena, mass transfer, heat transfer, and reaction kinetics are of prime importance in order to relate reactor performance to feed composition and operating conditions.This subject is one of the key parts of the chemical and biochemical engineering curriculum upon which a lot of later year material is built.INDICATIVE CONTENTKinetics of homogeneous reactionsDesign of single ideal reactorsMultiple reactor systemsOther design reactors (recycle reactors and temperature effects)Basics of non-ideal flowModels for reactorsMixed flow in model reactors.INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs)On completion of this subject the student is expected to:Interpret data from both ideal and non-ideal batch, plug flow and mixed flow reactorsModel more complex flowing reactor systems using combinations of idealized plug flow and continuously stirred tank ranksDesign simple reactor systemsPredict simple temperature profiles in reacting systems.Assessment:A two-hour written test (15%), held mid-semester (on or around week 6). Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1 to 4 are addressed in this testTwo lab reports (15%); no more than 10 pages per report (not including title page, nomenclature, and appendices). An overall time commitment of 15-20 hours. ILOs 1 to 4 are addressed in the laboratory assignments. One in the first-half of semester and the second in the second-half of semesterThree-hour end of semester examination (70%). The examination paper will consist of problems designed to test whether the student has acquired the ability to apply fundamental principles to the solutions of problems involving chemical reactors. The problems set for the exam will be similar to those undertaken in the tutorial class. ILOs 1 to 4 are addressed in the examination.Hurdle requirement: A mark of 40% or more in the end-of-semester examination is required to pass the subject.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.