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CHNG9406: Chemical Engineering Design B (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CHNG9406: Chemical Engineering Design B (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Weiss, Gordon
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: CHNG9402 OR CHNG5112.
Prohibitions: CHNG5116.
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 UoS 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 UoS (Chemical Engineering Design A and B) run in first and second semester. The primary aim in the first UoS 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 this UoS is on evaluating how non-technical considerations affect the final process design and its operation.

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.
Tutor/s: Supervisors and Tutors as for CHNG 4806
Timetable: CHNG9406 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 1 13
2 Tutorial 1 13
3 Independent Study 1 13
T&L Activities: Tutorial: Project Work - in class and tutorial sessions

Independent Study: Partly work in Group and Partly as individual research, development of ideas, report writing, and review

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. Identify knowledge gaps and evaluate the technical literature to close the knowledge gaps as it applies to the design of the proposed process flowsheet.
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 4)
2. Demonstrate the ability to work effectively within a team to deliver a common objective.
3. Complete major deliverables as a team within a challenging delivery schedule.
4. Explain the principles of project management.
(4) Design (Level 5)
5. Construct a complex process flowsheet with reference to the specified performance requirements, while dealing with competing objectives and constraints.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4)
6. Apply prior knowledge of unit operations to design a unit operation within a proposed process flowsheet, including the application of chemical engineering design tools.
7. Undertake hazard assessments, hazard operability studies and comprehensive environmental impact assessments on a proposed process flowsheet.
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4)
8. Evaluate and optimise alternative process flowsheet designs to ensure compliance with the specified performance requirements.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Individual Design Report No 19.00 Week 13 1, 5, 6,
2 Overall Project Design Report (Report 5) Yes 76.00 Week 13 (Thursday, 4 pm) 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8,
3 Project Management Principles Report No 5.00 Week 13 (Friday, 4 pm) 4,
Assessment Description: There are four main progressive project submissions and each will be given an indicative mark and returned with comments. Three will be group submissions and one will be an individual submission based on the student’s core discipline. The four progressive reports will then be combined into a single Consolidated Final Report (in both printed copy and a pdf copy). It is this report which will be uploaded to Turnitin and marked. In addition there could be student presentations to staff and industrial representatives.

The reports are

Report number

2. Preliminary Design - An initial overall design for the plant

3. Detailed Equipment Design. - Individual members of the team will nominate individual items of equipment for more detailed investigation and design.

4. Overall Design –

a. The individual designs will be combined into an overall design as displayed in a Piping and Instrument Design, Plant Layout, etc. The P and I D is required before the mid semester break.

b. This will then be subject to design reviews after the break culminating in a report.

5. Economics, options and sensitivity analysis. - Capital and operating cost estimates and some sort of financial and sensitivity analysis performed to assist the client evaluate the proposal.

6. The Final Report giving the recommendation to the client together with an evaluation of any options and uncertainties that remain to be explored. At this stage the capital and operating cost estimates will be assembled and the DCF and sensitivity analysis performed to assist the client evaluate the proposal.

Note: There is no report 1 as this is now part of Design A.

The printed copy of the Consolidated Final Report is due at 4pm on the last Thursday of the Semester.

The optional final presentations to the client (as represented by staff and invited industrial representatives) will be held on the last Friday of the Semester.

At the time each report is handed in, it must be accompanied by showing how much each team member has contributed to each of the elements of that section of the report. This “effort matrix” will therefore accumulate over the weeks of the project and eventually become a record of the individual contributions to the group design. This will be used in conjunction with the marks for each section of the report as a major input to determine the individual mark for Design B. This effort matrix must be agreed by all members of the group, and should show the effort contributed by each individual on each line item of the Marking matrix. If agreement on the figures to be reported cannot be reached in reasonable time in the group, then the supervisor must be advised and will assist to resolve the issue.

The objectives of the process for assigning individual marks in Design 2 are to distribute the marks earned by the group members in their reports

1. Recognise individual contributions in terms both of quantity and of quality of effort;

2. Recognise extra responsibilities undertaken by Group Leaders in particular during the project;

3. Ensure that the average mark earned by a group is in line with the overall report mark.

Before Special Considerations are taken into account, the ranking of the reports follows closely that of overall report marks awarded by the markers.

A list of section headings that are to appear in the final report, and the weightings associated with them, is provided to the students early in the project cycle. In addition to their group work, students undertake an individual design of some item of plant in the process. The individual designs collectively are weighted at 20% of the overall report; each student is credited with a mark out of 20 for their own design. The remaining 80% weighting of the overall report is for group activities.

The effort matrix allows us to know which student has worked on which part of each report. The report is marked on an item by item basis. By multiplying the effort by the mark allows us to arrive at a quality and effort weighted mark on an item by item basis. The sum of these allows the examiners to arrive at a quality and effort weighted mark for each student. A more detailed explanation of how this process is applied is available on Canvas.

In addition, students may be required to submit a report describing how their project group managed the project. You will be informed at the start of the course if this report is required.
Assessment Feedback: There are four main progressive project submissions and each will be given an indicative mark and returned with comments. Three will be group submissions and one will be an individual submission based on the student’s core discipline. The four progressive reports will then be combined into a single Consolidated Final Report (in both printed copy and a pdf copy). It is this report which will be uploaded to Turnitin and marked. In addition, students may be required to submit a report describing how their project group managed the project. You will be informed at the start of the course if this report is required.
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: on 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 Definition of the process. Preparation of the first PFD
Week 2 General design of the process
Week 3 Finalise Report 2 - General design and PFDs
Week 4 Work on individual designs
Week 5 Finalise individual designs and prepare Report 3
Week 6 Preparation of P&IDs
Week 7 Preparation of P&IDs
Week 8 Break from Design B to allow for focus on Thesis
Week 9 Design reviews
Week 10 HAZOP week
Week 11 Finalise Report 4 - Process operations
Week 12 Finalise Report 5 - Economic Analysis
Week 13 Final Report Hand In
Vivas (if held - unlikely to be held in 2019)
Design Dinner (Friday evening)
Assessment Due: Individual Design Report
Assessment Due: Overall Project Design Report (Report 5)
Assessment Due: Project Management Principles Report
Mid-Semester Break Focus on Thesis
STUVAC (Week 14) Well earned break
Exam Period No Examination

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 17.1%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 4) No 27.8%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 3) No 0%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 5) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 5) No 18.05%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4) No 25.65%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4) No 11.4%

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.