ENSC3019 Unit Operations and Unit Processes

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Chemical specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit covers the introduction of the mass and heat transfer principles as it applies to typical unit operations. Topics include (1) heat exchangers; (2) distillation; (3) multi-effect evaporators; (4) liquid–liquid and gas–liquid extraction; (5) solid–liquid separation; (6) refrigeration; and (7) dehydration. The unit also includes applications of the unit operations in the process of liquefied natural gas (LNG) production, transport and re-gasification.
Students are able to (1) write concise technical reports; (2) prepare documentation associated with unit operation design; (3) work in teams; (4) demonstrate information literacy through the location and evaluation of technical and related information as required for assignments; (5) determine the number (trays or units), size and design of unit operations (e.g. gas absorption, liquid–liquid, distillation, cooling tower, etc.); (6) analyse, evaluate and design unit operations with HYSYS and the use of thermodynamic fluid packages; (7) develop strategies for dealing with open-ended problems; and (8) develop abilities to deal with uncertainty in input data and empirical formulae..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory assignments; (2) quizzes; 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)
Professor Zach Aman
Unit rules
ENSC3005 Mass and Energy Balances, ENSC3007 Heat and Mass Transfer and ENSC3006 Chemical Process Thermodynamics
CHPR3530 Process Modules, CHPR8503 Process Modules
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week; practical classes: 1 hour per week; labs: 3 hours per semester

McCabe, W. L. and Smith, J. C. Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering, 7th edn: McGraw-Hill 2004

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