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ENSC3018 Process Synthesis and Design

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2OnlineOnline Restricted
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Chemical specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Level 3 elective
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) 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.
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
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

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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