CHPR4406 Reaction Engineering

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Topics include revision of reaction kinetics, mechanisms and rate equations; fundamentals of ideal reactor behaviour; design of batch, completely mixed and plug flow reactors for single and multiple reactions; multiple and recycle reactors; nonisothermal reactor design for reversible and irreversible first order reaction; residence time distribution (RTD); RTD modelling of non-ideal reactor behaviour; diffusion control heterogeneous reactions; runaway reactions and safety, and shrinking-core model. In this unit, students develop the ability to (1) apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals; (2) utilise a system approach to optimise design and operational performance; and (3) understand the need to undertake lifelong learning, and the capacity to do so.
Students are able to (1) work effectively in teams; (2) write clear and concise technical reports; (3) demonstrate critical thinking and information literacy (e.g. locate and evaluate sources of information for assignments); (4) practise enquiry-based thinking relevant to the discipline (locate and evaluate sources of information for assignments); (5) understand the selection, design and size optimisation of single or multiple flow reactors for a range of reaction kinetics under isothermal and non-isothermal conditions; (6) diagnose and analyse non-ideal flow reactors (PFR, CSTR and Laminar flow) via RTD; (7) understand implication and mitigate runaway reactions; (8) appreciate heterogeneous diffusion-control reaction; and (9) perform a laboratory experiment to discover knowledge on conversion and non-ideal behaviour of flow reactors.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory reports and an assignment; (2) tests; 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 Yee-Kwong Leong
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical Engineering specialisation)
the Master of Renewable and Future Energy; for pre-2012 courses: CHPR2530 Process Fundamentals,
ENSC3005 Mass and Energy Balances
Advisable prior study:
ENSC3006 Chemical Process Thermodynamics and Kinetics
CHPR3432 Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design, CHPR8501 Advanced Prediction of Fluid Properties

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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