ENCH392-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Thermodynamics And Chemical Reaction Engineering

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


Thermodynamics of fluids and phase equilibrium and the fundamentals of chemical reaction engineering. Thermodynamic topics covered include: volumetric properties of fluids, thermodynamic properties of pure fluids, behaviour of solutions and phase equilibria. Chemical reaction engineering topics covered include: reaction kinetics and rate equations, reactor design, collection and analysis of kinetic data, the effect of mass transfer on chemical reaction, mixing and non-ideal flow in reactors.

This course is a 36-lecture course, covering reaction engineering and thermodynamics. Chemical reaction engineering assumes knowledge of ENCH241, mainly around chemical reaction rate, stoichiometry and orders of reaction plus some concepts of material balances from ENCH291. The thermodynamics section assumes knowledge from ENCH291 and 296, and covers: a review of fundamentals, volumetric properties of fluids, thermodynamic properties of pure fluids, behaviour of solutions and phase equilibrium.

Learning Outcomes

  • An appreciation and basic understanding of equation of states and their relevance to chemical engineering
  • An understanding of the relationship between thermodynamic properties
  • Understand phase equilibrium and its thermodynamic basis
  • Have a basic knowledge of solution thermodynamics
  • An understanding of reactions and their relevance to chemical engineering
  • Introduction to reaction rate laws and interpretation of reaction rate data
  • Proficiency in sizing isothermal ideal reactors
  • An understanding of chemical reaction equilibrium
  • To be able to describe the properties of a non-isothermal reactor
  • Understanding of the effect of non-ideal flow conditions on chemical reaction


Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Alex Yip


Aaron Marshall

• Review of 1st law, 2nd law, phases and equilibrium (e.g. SVA Chapters 1, 2, 4, 5)
• Volumetric properties of pure fluids (e.g. SVA Chapter 3)
• Thermodynamic properties of fluids (e.g. SVA Chapter 6)
• Solution thermodynamics, Phase and chemical reaction equilibrium (e.g. de Nevers Chapters 3–8 and SVA Chapters 10–12,14)

• Reaction rates, mole balances, conversion, ideal reactors (Fogler Chapter 1)
• Rate laws, rate constants, Arrhenius equation for temperature dependence, rate data (Fogler Chapter 3,7)
• Isothermal reactor design, conversion, variable flow rates, reactors in series, ∆P (Fogler Chapters 5-6)
• Non-isothermal reactors, heat effects
• Non-ideal flow: Tracer studies and residence time distributions, Bypass and deadzones, Models of non-ideal flow


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Final Exam 65% 30% - Reaction Eng 35% - Thermodynamics
Thermodynamics homework sheets x 2 9% 2 homework sheets worht 4.5% each. Due 5pm on 26th March and 30th April.
Thermodynamics Online Quizzes x 2 6% 3 Quizzes worth 2% each. End of week 2, 4 & 6.
Reaction Engineering Assignment 24 May 2021 20%

Solving problems in small teams and collaborative learning when working on assignments is encouraged. However direct copying is plagiarism and will result in zero marks for all students involved. When assessment is distributed, you will be instructed whether the assessment is to be submitted for marking individually or as part of a pair/group. The homework is designed as a tool to help prepare you for the exams. The advice is to try them individually before collaborating in groups. Assessment completion and special consideration Completion of all assessment items is a requirement for passing this course. Students may apply for special consideration if their performance in an assessment worth 10% or more is affected by circumstances including illness, bereavement, and some sporting events. Please see http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/ for more information or ask the course coordinator. If students are unable to complete assessment items worth less than 10% of the course, or feel that their performance was or could be impaired, they should contact the course coordinator for special consideration. Such requests should be made before the assessment completion date - requests after this time will only be considered under special circumstances. Students prevented by circumstances from completing the course after the final date for withdrawing, may apply for special consideration for late discontinuation of the course. Applications must be submitted to the Examinations Office within five days of the end of the main examination period for the semester.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

De Nevers, Noel; Physical and chemical equilibrium for chemical engineers ; 2nd ed; Wiley, 2012.

Fogler, H. Scott; Essentials of chemical reaction engineering ; Prentice Hall, 2011.

Smith, J. M. , Van Ness, H. C., Abbott, Michael M; Introduction to chemical engineering thermodynamics ; 7th ed; McGraw-Hill, 2005.


Students with concerns about the course should contact any of the teachers listed above, the 2nd Pro Director of Studies or the Head of Department

General Policies of the Department
Students may obtain the general policies of the University on matters such as the special consideration applications, appeals procedures, reconsideration of grades and special provision for students with disabilities from the University Calendar.

Relation to Other Courses
Prerequisites: ENCH296, ENCH241. ENCH392 is a compulsory 2nd Professional course.

Course Requirements
36 lectures and assessments as advised.

36 contact hours and completion of all assessment

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

Completion of all assessment items is a requirement for passing this course.

Late submission of work

50% deduction for late submissions.

Where to submit and collect work

Please submit your assignments to the ENCH392 assignment box on the 4th floor of LINK.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $986.00

International fee $5,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Chemical and Process Engineering .

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