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CHNG4802: Chemical Engineering Design A (2018 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CHNG4802: Chemical Engineering Design A (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior Advanced
Faculty/School: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Kavanagh, John
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: CHNG3801 AND CHNG3802 AND CHNG3803 AND CHNG3805 AND CHNG3806 AND CHNG3807.
Prohibitions: CHNG4203.
Brief Handbook Description: In the overall design process, chemical engineers must clearly understand the (often complex) interactions and trade-offs that occur between technical, economic, social and environmental considerations. This units of study builds on concepts in each of these areas introduced in previous years but with an emphasis on their successful integration within a comprehensive design activity. This design activity is spread over two unit of study (Chemical Engineering Design A and B) run in first and second semester. The primary aim in the first unit of study is to consider the technical issues- with an emphasis on creating and evaluating a range of alternative options that exist at both the unit operation and complete flowsheet levels. The primary emphasis in the subsequent unit of study is on evaluating how non-technical considerations affect the final process design and its operation.

By the end of both units of study a student should be able to develop a wide range of alternative conceptual designs for a given product specification and market analysis, have an appreciation of how to evaluate process alternatives at the conceptual level with a view to creating a 'short-list' worthy of more detailed technical investigation, be familiar with the use of process flowsheeting software to compare alternative designs , appreciate the fact that technical considerations are only one component in an overall successful design project and be able to clearly present the results from both individual and group work in oral/written formats. This unit of study is part of an integrated (two semester) fourth year program in chemical engineering design whose overarching aim is to complete the 'vertical integration' of knowledge- one of the pillars on which this degree program is based.
Assumed Knowledge: CHNG3801 AND CHNG3802 AND CHNG3803 AND CHNG3805 AND CHNG3806 AND CHNG3807. Enrolment in this unit of study assumes that all core chemical engineering unit of study in third year have been successfully completed.
Lecturer/s: Dr Kavanagh, John
A/Prof White, Don
Timetable: CHNG4802 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 13
3 Site Visit
4 Independent Study 13
T&L Activities: Site Visit: Possible half day site visit (depending upon the subject matter from year to year)

Independent Study: Students are expected to spend about 4-5 hours of ‘self-learning’ outside the specified contact periods, individually and in group work.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Practice in planning and delivering a substantial engineering design project. Chemical Engineering Design Practice (Level 5)
Practice in interpreting a given design brief. Problem Identification and Analysis (Level 4)
Practice in developing and evaluating a wide range of alternative conceptual designs for a given product specification and market analysis, Solution Development and Testing (Level 5)
Practice investigating safety and environmental implications of proposed design Broad-Based Inquiry & Research (Level 5)
Practice presenting the results from both individual and group work in oral/written formats. Professsional Communication (Level 5)
Project work in self-selected teams. Creative Team Culture (Level 4)

For explanation of attributes and levels see CBE Learning Outcomes Progression Framework.

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.

Chemical Engineering Design Practice (Level 5)
1. Ability to develop a wide range of alternative conceptual designs for a given product specification and market analysis.
2. Ability to evaluate process alternatives at the conceptual level with a view to creating a ‘short-list’ worthy of more detailed technical investigation.
3. Appreciation of the fact that technical considerations are only one component in an overall successful design project.
4. Ability to use process flowsheeting software to compare alternative designs - including the potential benefits of both process modification (eg by heat integration) and process optimisation and factorial cost estimation.
5. Theory of hazard assessment and hazard operability studies.
6. Ability to clearly present the results from both individual and group work in oral/written formats.
7. Appreciation of the technical and financial trade-offs that exist in complex flowsheets.
8. Environmental Impact Statement – process selection aspects
9. Work in a Team.Team is responsble for outcomes of thier workIn Assignment #1 teams are usually self selected
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Report Yes 40.00 Week 9 (Thursday, 4 pm) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
2 Quiz* No 30.00 Week 9 (Friday, 11 am) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8,
3 Assignment Yes 30.00 Week 11 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 9,
Assessment Description: (1) A written report concerning the design of a groundwater stripping plant

- Students will work in groups of three (3).

- Each group will be required to make intermediate submissions, as listed in the detailed instruction pack available on Blackboard, for which we will give feedback, then a final written report (details given detailed instruction pack available on Blackboard) which should incorporate the feedback given along the way.

- Each group will provide information on individual contributions to each section and you will also Peer Review the contribution of your team members in a confidential report.

- The mark awarded for this project will be worth 40% of the total for this course.

Note that the same mark will not necessarily be given to all members of a group.

Our marking will be based on the quality and quantity of work contributed by each team member.

(2) The 2 hour quiz

* Note that this is an assessment task which must be repeated if a student misses it due to Special Consideration

- This will be held on Friday of week 9, at the timetabled class time of 11am.

The aim here is to determine what you have learnt about the design process in general, together with (detailed) technical aspects relevant to the groundwater stripping plant. Your general uptake of theory, knowledge and synthesis acquired from the groundwater stripping plant assignment will be assessed.

- The mark awarded for this quiz will be worth 30% of the total for this course.

(3) Design B - preliminary feasibility of a to be determined plant

- Students will be organised into groups of 5 and commence work in week 10 on an assignment which will carry over to semester 2, Design B. Groups will be nominated by the course coordinator who will invite your input.

- Each group will be required to hand in a written report (details given later in the semester).

- The mark awarded for this project will be worth 30% of the total for the Design A course. Note that the same mark will not necessarily be given to all members of a group.

As the overall mark for Design B will not be determined until November, this component of the Design A mark will be held over until the final Design B mark is awarded.

In the case of any students not proceeding to Design B, a mark will be allocated based entirely on Assignment #1 and the Quiz performance

Late penalties of 10% per day may be applied to late assignment submissions.

The University requires written submissions to be submitted via TurnItIn.
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.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
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.
  • Product & Process Design Principles
Online Course Content: CANVAS

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Hand out Assignment, Introduction,
Lecture: Introduction to the Course
Tutorial: Technology Review and Block Diagram
Week 2 Develop, Preliminary Flowsheet, Hysys Tutorial if Required
Lecture: PFD and Mass and Energy Balance
Tutorial: PFD and Mass and Energy Balance
Week 3 PFD and Mass Balance, Rapid Ranking
Lecture: Rapid Ranking
Week 4 Tutorial: Rapid Ranking
Week 5 PID and Control Scheme
Lecture: PID and Process Control
Tutorial: PID and Control Scheme
Week 6 Improved Flowsheet and Hazop
Lecture: HAZOP
Tutorial: HAZOP
Week 7 Detailed equipment design and preliminary costing
Lecture: Detailed Design and Costing
Tutorial: Detailed Design and Costing
Week 8 Finalise Design
Lecture: Final Tips for Project Submission
Tutorial: Finalize Project
Week 9 Hand in Report and QUIZ
Assessment Due: Report
Assessment Due: Quiz*
Week 10 Assignment 2 briefing
Week 11 Preliminary Report + Business Case
Assessment Due: Assignment
Week 12 Report Section 1 Hand In + General Design start
Week 13 On going
STUVAC (Week 14) General Design
Exam Period General Design

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
Chemical & Biomolecular 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular / Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular/Science (Health) 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular / Law 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019
Biomedical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Biomedical 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Biomedical - Chemical and Biomolecular Major 2018, 2018
Biomedical - Mechanical Major 2018

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Chemical Engineering Design Practice (Level 5) Yes 100.01%
Problem Identification and Analysis (Level 4) Yes 0%
Solution Development and Testing (Level 5) Yes 0%
Broad-Based Inquiry & Research (Level 5) Yes 0%
Professsional Communication (Level 5) Yes 0%
Creative Team Culture (Level 4) Yes 0%

These goals are selected from CBE Learning Outcomes Progression Framework which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See CBE Learning Outcomes Progression Framework 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.