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CHNG3803: Reaction Engineering (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CHNG3803: Reaction Engineering (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior
Faculty/School: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Mammucari, Raffaella
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: CHNG2801 AND (CHNG2802 OR AMME2960 OR BMET2960) AND CHNG2803.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study focuses on the understanding of the key concepts of reaction engineering. It covers key principles of reaction kinetics, including reaction mechanisms, temperature and concentration dependence of chemical reactions, and catalysis effect in reactor design. This course employs an integrated approach in combining the basic principles of material and energy balance, thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer, and fluid mechanics with those of chemical reaction kinetics to help students select and design the most suitable reactor for a particular reaction system.

It provides an introduction to reactor design through topics, such as ideal batch reactors, stoichiometry and reaction mole balance equation, single and multiple reaction systems, catalysts and catalytic reactions, and using experimental reaction data to estimate rate laws. Students will learn how to design continuous isothermal and non-isothermal reactors, variable density reactors, multiple reactors in series and parallel, mixed flow reactors in series, recycle reactors, and carry out size comparisons of ideal reactors and optimization of operating conditions.

It runs after CHNG2801 (Fluid Mechanics), CHNG2803 (Heat and Mass Transfer), and CHNG2804 (Thermodynamics) to provide students with the tools and knowhow to design the equipment for carrying out chemical reactions.
Assumed Knowledge: Enrolment in this unit of study assumes that all core chemical engineering units in second year have been successfully completed.
Lecturer/s: Mammucari, Raffaella
Tutor/s: David Alam

Muhammad Sofiyuddin Muhammad Yusuf Ong

Andrew Pan

You Lyu
Timetable: CHNG3803 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 3.00 1 12
3 Laboratory 1.00 1 4
T&L Activities: Lectures and tutorials are face to face activities conducted during timetabled times.

Each student will attend one 1-hour laboratory session.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
1. Communicate effectively in writing
(4) Design (Level 3)
2. Carry out size comparisons of ideal reactors.
3. Select and design the most suitable reactor for a particular reaction system.
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3)
4. Model reaction engineering systems.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3)
5. Understand the key concepts and principles of reaction engineering including ideal reactors, stoichiometry and reaction mole balance equation, single and multiple reaction systems, catalysts and catalytic reactions.
6. Use thermodynamic criteria to calculate equilibrium conditions in reactive systems.
7. Estimate rate laws by using experimental reaction data.
8. Optimise operating conditions for ideal reactors.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 weekly assigments No 16.00 Multiple Weeks (Friday, 11 pm) 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
2 Small project Yes 4.00 Week 6 (As specified by your unit coordinator) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8,
3 Mid session exam No 20.00 Week 7 2, 4, 5, 8,
4 lab report Yes 10.00 Multiple Weeks (As specified by your unit coordinator) 1, 2, 4, 7,
5 Final Exam No 50.00 Exam Period 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
Assessment Description: *Weekly Assessments. Mostly calculative exercises: students are encouraged to engage in collaborative learning during allocated tutorial times. Submissions are individual.

*Small project. Calculative exercise on the optimization of a reaction system. Students work in teams of 2.

In-session exam. Written test in class: formative assessment of ability to to identify, formulate and solve reaction engineering problems from 1st principles.

*Lab practical and report. Students will work in teams of 4 on a reaction engineering practical exercise. Each team is required to attend 1 laboratory session and will submit a report on the experiment conducted. Lab reports are due the week after the corresponding lab session.

Final Exam. The final exam will test the student`s ability to solve questions of a similar nature to the projects, and to apply the techniques learnt in this course to new problems.

* Late submissions attract 5% penalty marks per day. Assignments more than 10 days late get 0.
Assessment Feedback: Students will receive feedback in writing on their submissions papers. The class will receive feedback on assessments verbally during tutorial time.
Students are encouraged to approach the teaching team during allocated times or to arrange for consultation meetings however needed.
Students are encouraged to post questions in the discussion forum available on Canvas.
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Library e-Reserve: Please check the Library e-Reserve site for additional course resources.
Online Course Content: available on the Canvas site
Note on Resources: Course notes, web resources, texbooks

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Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Chemical & Biomolecular (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Biomedical - Chemical and Biomolecular Major 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Chemical & Biomolecular / Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular / Law 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) No 3.4%
(4) Design (Level 3) No 21.08%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3) No 18.04%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) No 57.32%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.