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CHNG9402: Chemical Engineering Design A (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CHNG9402: Chemical Engineering Design A (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
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: (CHNG9301 OR CHNG5801) AND (CHNG9302 OR CHNG5802) AND (CHNG9305 OR CHNG5805) AND (CHNG9306 OR CHNG5806).
Prohibitions: CHNG5112 OR CHNG5205.
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. The capstone design projects are spread over two units of study (Chemical Engineering Design A and B) run in first and second semester. These units of study build on concepts in each of these areas introduced in previous years but with an emphasis on their successful integration within a comprehensive design activity.

The primary aim of the first unit of study (Chemical Engineering Design A) is to considerthe challenge of process selection and feasibility including both technical and broader 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 (Chemical Engineering Design B) is on process design and including 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) three year postgraduate 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.

In addition to the above fundamentals, there will be considerable time spent during the semester on advanced topics related to designing chemical processes and associated technological developments
Assumed Knowledge: Enrollment in this unit of study assumes that all core chemical engineering UoS, apart from final year, have been successfully completed.
Lecturer/s: Dr Kavanagh, John
Timetable: CHNG9402 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 Independent Study 13
4 Site Visit
T&L Activities: Independent Study: Students are expected to spend about 3-4 hours of `self-learning` outside the specified contact periods.

Site Visit: Possible half day site visit (depending upon the subject matter from year to year)

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. Ability to clearly present the results from both individual and group work in oral/written formats.
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3)
2. Work in a Team. Team is responsble for outcomes of thier work In Assignment #1 teams are usually self selected
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2)
3. Ability to understand the relationship between process selection, environmental impact and commercial feasibility.
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4)
4. Appreciation of the technical and financial trade-offs that exist in complex flowsheets.
(4) Design (Level 4)
5. Ability to develop a wide range of alternative conceptual designs for a given product specification and market analysis
6. Appreciation of the fact that technical considerations are only one component in an overall successful design project.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4)
7. 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.
8. Theory of hazard assessment and hazard operability studies.
9. Appreciating advanced topics related to designing chemical processes and associated technological developments.
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4)
10. Ability to evaluate alternatives at the conceptual level with a view to creating a ‘short-list’ worthy of more detailed technical investigation.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Report Yes 75.00 Week 12 (Thursday, 4 pm) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
2 *Quiz No 25.00 Week 12 (Friday, 11 am) 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
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 CANVAS) 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 75% 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 25% of the total for this course.

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.
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 Tutorial: Market Review and Scoping Calculations
Hand out Assignment, Introduction,
Lecture: Introduction to the Course
Week 2 Tutorial: Technology Review and Block Diagram
Lecture: Technology Review and Block Diagram
Technology Review and Block Diagram
Week 3 Tutorial: PFD and Mass and Energy Balance
PFD and Mass Balance
Lecture: PFD and Mass Balance
Week 4 Tutorial: PFD and Mass Balance
Week 5 Tutorial: Rapid Ranking
Rapid Ranking
Lecture: Rapid Ranking
Week 6 Tutorial: Control Scheme and PID
Control Scheme and PID
Lecture: Control Scheme and PID
Week 7 Thesis Break
Lecture: HAZOP Refresher
Week 8 Tutorial: HAZOP
HAZOP
Week 9 Detailed Design and Costing
Lecture: Detailed Design and Costing
Tutorial: Detailed Design and Costing
Week 10 Detailed Feasibility
Lecture: Detailed Feasibility
Tutorial: Detailed Feasibility
Week 11 Finalize Design and Prepare Report
Week 12 Report Due and Quiz
Assessment Due: Report
Assessment Due: *Quiz
Week 13 Thesis Break

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Chemical & Biomolecular) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical & Biomolecular) 2015, 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 10.28%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3) No 7.5%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2) No 10.28%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4) No 10.28%
(4) Design (Level 4) No 20.56%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4) No 30.83%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4) No 10.28%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) No 0%

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.