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CHPR3018 Process Synthesis and Design 2

6 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face
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.
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.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall 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)
Dr Einar Fridjonsson
Unit rules
Unit CHPR2551 Process Synthesis and Design 1 (ID 8004) And Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25) Or CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6) Or CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
ENSC3019 Unit Operations and Unit Processes (ID 1881)
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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