CHPR5501 Advanced Reaction Engineering and Catalysts

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit covers detailed discussion of advanced reactor designs as are employed on process plants. It considers fluidised beds in detail (e.g. as used for waste combustion) as well as covering bioreactors (sewage farms are discussed). It also considers various aspects of catalysis including effectiveness factors, catalyst deactivation and catalyst characterisation, as well as corrosion engineering in the context of undesirable reactions on a chemical processing plant. Reaction engineering is what ultimately differentiates chemical engineering from other engineering disciplines. Here it cements skills in reaction design, looks at more detailed reactor designs involving complex fluid flow or complex kinetics and finally considers catalysts in terms of their characterisation and their longevity.
Students are able to (1) construct literature reviews for different audiences; (2) critically assess and summarise relevant scientific literature; (3) source information from other scientific fields; (4) develop strategies for dealing with open-ended problems; (5) review Reactor Design and non-ideal flow characterisation with tracers and residence time distributions; (6) describe and model Fluidised Bed Reactors and understand their typical applications; (7) describe and model Bioreactors and understand their typical applications; (8) identify the different forms of corrosion on a chemical process plant and available mitigation strategies; and (9) characterise catalysts and predict their deactivation.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) mid-semester test; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Michael Johns
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical Engineering specialisation)
the Master of Renewable and Future Energy
CHPR4406 Reaction Engineering; for pre-2012 courses: CHPR3432 Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design
CHPR4406 Reaction Engineering
CHPR4431 Advanced Reaction Engineering
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