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CHPR3406 Reaction Engineering

6 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit introduces students to basic chemical reaction theory. The unit covers reaction kinetics, mechanisms and rate equations. Fundamentals of ideal reactor behaviour; designs of batch, mixed and plug flow reactors, multiple and recycle reactors and non-isothermal reactor design for reversible and irreversible first order reactions. The concept of residence time distribution (RTD) is introduced with RTD modelling of non-ideal reactor behaviour. General reactor safety is discussed with a focus on runaway reactions.
Students are able to (1) apply their understanding of selection, design and size optimisation methods to single or multiple flow reactors for a range of reaction kinetics under isothermal and non-isothermal conditions
; (2) analyse non-ideal flow reactors (PFR, CSTR and Laminar flow) via RTD; (3) explain the implications and mitigate runaway reactions; (4) solve problems involving heterogeneous diffusion-control reactions; (5) apply knowledge of conversion and non-ideal behaviour of flow reactors to interpret results of laboratory experiments
; and (6) demonstrate critical thinking and information literacy through clearly and concise technical reports.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory reports; (2) tests; and (3) 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)
Professor Yee-Kwong Leong
Unit rules
CHPR2006 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (ID 8017) 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) )
CHPR4406 Reaction Engineering
Contact hours
Lectures: 3 hours per week; Practical Classes: 2 hours per week

Levenspiel, O. Chemical Reaction Engineering, 3rd edn: Wiley c.1999

Fogler, S. Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering, 3rd edn: Prentice-Hall 1999

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