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Unit Overview


This unit covers detailed discussion of advanced reactor designs as are employed on process plants. It considers fluidised beds in detail (e.g. as used for waste combustion) as well as covering bioreactors (sewage farms are discussed). It also considers various aspects of catalysis including effectiveness factors, catalyst deactivation and catalyst characterisation, as well as corrosion engineering in the context of undesirable reactions on a chemical processing plant. Reaction engineering is what ultimately differentiates chemical engineering from other engineering disciplines. Here it cements skills in reaction design, looks at more detailed reactor designs involving complex fluid flow or complex kinetics and finally considers catalysts in terms of their characterisation and their longevity.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 core unit in the Chemical Engineering major sequence

Students are able to (1) construct succinct literature reviews for different audiences; (2) critically assess relevant scientific literature; (3) develop strategies for dealing with open-ended problems; (4) review Reactor Design and non-ideal flow characterisation with tracers and residence time distributions; (5) model Fluidised Bed Reactors and their typical applications; (6) model Bioreactors and their typical applications; (7) identify the different forms of corrosion on a chemical process plant and available mitigation strategies; and (8) use characterization of catalysts to predict their deactivation.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) mid-semester test; and (3) 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)
Professor Michael Johns
Unit rules
CHPR3406 Reaction Engineering (ID 7999)
and CHPR2007 Heat and Mass Transfer (ID 8018)
and Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
CHPR5501 Advanced Reaction Engineering and Catalysts (ID 2610)
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.