ENSC3018 Process Synthesis and Design

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Chemical specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Level 3 elective
Content
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.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) write concise technical reports; (2) work in a team; (3) prepare the primary chemical process design documentation; (4) apply Pinch Technology for energy use minimisation; (5) consider minimum vapour traffic in distillation column sequencing; (6) understand multicomponent distillation columns; (7) apply design skills associated with membrane separation technology; (8) appreciate the different approaches available for chemical process synthesis and design; (9) conduct quantitative environmental impact estimations based on gaseous emissions; (10) appreciate the safety and economic constraints on process design; (11) conduct preliminary cost estimations for process design; (12) develop strategies for dealing with open-ended problems; and (13) develop strategies for dealing with large multicomponent projects.
Assessment
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
Prerequisites:
ENSC3005 Mass and Energy Balances and ENSC3007 Heat and Mass Transfer
Advisable prior study:
ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics and ENSC3006 Chemical Process Thermodynamics and Kinetics
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week
Texts

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

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.