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Unit Overview


This unit covers different process design strategies; heat exchanger design–heat integration and pinch analysis on a process plant; distillation columns leading to multiple component distillation and effective simulation using HYSYS; an example of process scale-out (as opposed to scale-up)—membrane separation systems, gas and liquid; process flow diagrams (PFD) and process instrumentation and control diagrams; process design—economic estimation, common safety hardware, plant layout, environmental impact; and examples of process flowsheets.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Chemical Engineering major sequence

Students are able to (1) work in teams to a write preliminary design cost estimation reports; (2) understand different approaches available for process synthesis & design and prepare primary process design documentations; (3) apply Pinch Technology for energy minimisation to heat exchanger networks and minimum vapour traffic analysis to distillation column sequencing; (4) apply design skills for separation technologies, in particular multi-component distillation and membrane separation; (5) appreciate safety, economic and environmental constraints on process design – including impact of gaseous & liquid emissions; and (6) develop strategies for dealing with large open-ended problems and multicomponent projects.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) a mid-semester test; and (3) a final examination. 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)
Dr Einar Fridjonsson
Unit rules
GENG2000 Engineering Practice 2
and CHPR2018 Process Synthesis and Design 1
and Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
CHPR3019 Unit Operations
ENSC3018 Process Synthesis and Design (ID 360)
Contact hours
Lectures: 3 hours per week

Towler, G. and Sinnott, R. K. Chemical Engineering Design: Principles, Practice and Economics: Butterworth-Heinemann 2008 

Kemp, I. C. Pinch Analysis and Process Integration:  a User Guide on Process Integration for the Efficient Use of Energy, 2nd edn:  Butterworth-Heinemann 2006

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