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Unit Overview

Description

Mass and energy balances are a cornerstone of chemical engineering. This unit introduces students to the theories and tools required to formulate and solve material and energy balances for chemical process systems. Students learn how to conduct and analyse material balances for multi-unit process systems with and without chemical reactions, including systems that incorporate recycle and purge streams, and to formulate energy balances based on the first law of thermodynamics. Analysis of these systems develops an understanding of and the ability to calculate the thermodynamic properties of gases, liquids and vapours.

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Chemical Engineering major sequence
Outcomes

Students are able to (1) translate written process descriptions into accurate process flow diagrams; (2) document calculations and simulations to clearly and concisely communicate working and results using standard engineering processes and conventions; (3) design, construct and interpret static process flow diagrams using commercial software and assess the quality and limitations of simulation outputs; (4) use steam tables and other standard tables of engineering data to find required data; (5) estimate system properties when exact values are not available and determine the limitations of these estimates; and (6) solve static material and energy balances.

Assessment

Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) simulation and practical exercises; and (3) exams. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Paul Stanwix
Unit rules
Prerequisites
ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry
or CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry (ID 1063)
and
ATAR Subject(s) Mathematics Methods
or MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods (ID 5108)
Incompatibility
ENSC3005 Mass and Energy Balances (ID 871)
Advisable prior study
ATAR Physics or equivalent
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
practical classes: 2 hours per week
computer modelling and practical labs: 10 hours per semester
Note
This unit is available to students who are intending to transfer to the new BE Chemical Engineering major in 2022. Students intending to remain in the Engineering Science major should enrol in ENSC3005 Mass and Energy Balances
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