6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
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This unit aims to develop a fundamental understanding of chemical reaction kinetics and reactor design, including:
- Fundamentals of design of ideal reactors
- Rate laws, collection and analysis of rate data, stoichiometry
- Isothermal reactor design
- Multiple reactions, reaction mechanisms and pathways
- An introduction to bio-reaction engineering
- Non-isothermal reactor design including reactive chemical hazards and safety in reactors with exothermic reactions
- Catalysis and catalytic reactors, catalyst deactivation and regeneration.
At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:
- Appreciate the importance of chemical kinetics and reactor design in chemical industry.
- Apply the fundamentals of chemical kinetics for complicated reactions.
- Apply the fundamentals of kinetics of catalytic reactions, including some biochemical reactions.
- Describe the fundamentals of reactor design.
- Apply advanced mathematics to complicated problems of reactor design.
- Analyse the behaviour of complicated reactors.
- Apply the fundamental principles of reaction engineering to a wide range of problems, e.g. in traditional petrochemical and chemical industry, in pharmaceutical industry, in energy industry, in environmental protection.
- Analyse new reaction engineering problems and formulating original solutions.
NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.
Assignments/Tests/Laboratory: 40% + Final Examination (2 hours): 60%
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.
3 hours lectures, 2 hours practicals and 6 hours of private study per week, and two 4-hour laboratory experiments and associated reporting during the semester.
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