ENCH394-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Process Engineering Design 2

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


This course introduces students to key concepts of process design, including the detailed design of unit operations. The course builds on the topics covered in the 1st Professional year and begins to explores how unit operations can interact to shift the overall optimal operating conditions away from, say, the conditions that optimise a reactor alone. The course also extends the process safety concepts introduced in ENCH295 to cover more quantitative analysis techniques and provides an introduction to materials engineering for chemical engineers.

This course provides an introduction to process design. The course introduces the Douglas hierarchical design philosophy and the use of process simulators to aid in process design. The course builds on the material taught throughout the 1st professional year, especially the concepts of material and energy balances. Here these concepts are extended to the design of more complex processes. The design of specific unit operations is introduced by providing a detailed introduction to heat exchanger design. The course also builds on the process safety material taught in ENCH295 to look at consequence modelling and techniques for risk reduction in process safety. An introduction to engineering materials for chemical engineers is also provided.

Course Content
• Introduction to Process Design (Daniel Holland, 4L, 1 Assignment)
• Process Safety (consequence modelling, risk reduction and legal framework) (Heon Park, 9L, 1 Test)
• Heat Exchanger Design (Heon Park, 6L, 1 Assignment)
• UNISIM Software Package Training (Daniel Holland, 3 Computer Lab Tutorials, 1 Assignment)
• Introduction to Engineering Materials (Heon Park, 15L, 2 Quizzes, 1 Exam)

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge outcomes
  • Understand and be capable of applying energy and material balance analysis in process engineering.
  • Rapidly analyse the economics of potential processes for the production of chemicals.
  • Optimise processes using process modelling software.
  • Design heat exchangers for process applications.
  • Evaluate safety of proposed processes.
  • Design systems to reduce the risk in industrial processes.
  • Understand how microstructure influences material properties.
  • Classify materials based on measured properties.
  • Identify suitable materials for process applications.

    Transferable skills
  • Team working.
  • Communication of complex idea to peers.
  • Simple economic analysis.


Timetable Note

This course contributes to the following Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) graduate profiles
2. Formulate and solve models that predict the behaviour of part or all of complex engineering systems, using first principles of the fundamental engineering sciences and mathematics;
3. Synthesise and demonstrate the efficacy of solutions to part or all of complex engineering problems;
4. Recognise when further information is needed and be able to find it by identifying, evaluating and drawing conclusions from all pertinent sources of information, and by designing and carrying out experiments;
5. Understand the accepted methods of dealing with uncertainty (such as safety factors) and the limitations of the applicability of methods of design and analysis and identify, evaluate and manage the physical risks in complex engineering problems;
6. Function effectively in a team by working co-operatively with the capacity to become a leader or manager;
7. Communicate effectively, comprehending and writing effective reports and design documentation, summarising information, making effective oral presentations and giving and receiving clear oral instructions;
8. Understand the role of engineers and their responsibility to society by demonstrating an understanding of the general responsibilities of a professional engineer;
10. Demonstrate competence in the practical art of engineering in their area of specialisation by showing in design an understanding of the practical methods for the construction and maintenance of engineering products, and using modern calculation and design tools competently for complex engineering problems.

This course contributes to the following Institute of Chemical Engineers, UK (IChemE)
Chemical engineering learning outcomes
Core Chemical Engineering: “Systems” (3)
Design (4)
Social, environmental and economic context MEng (3)
Development and applications of skills – increased skills (both subject-specific skills and transferable skills), normally acquired through enhanced and extended project work;

Course Coordinator

Daniel Holland


Heon Park


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Final Exam (Materials & Safety content only) 45%
Process design assignment 05 Aug 2020 20%
Heat exchanger design assignment 14 Aug 2020 15%
Process simulation assignment 17 Sep 2020 15%
Materials Quiz 1 29 Sep 2020 2.5%
Materials Quiz 2 16 Oct 2020 2.5%


Students with concerns about the course should contact Luke Schneider, 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 from the website. For example:

Special considerations: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/study/special-consideration/  

Academic Appeals of Assessments: Students with concerns about assessment processes or grades should be advised to speak first with the relevant lecturer. If the matter cannot be resolved, then the student should meet and discuss the matter with the Head of Department/School and thereafter follow the procedures outlined in the University procedures http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/media/documents/postgraduate-/Academic-Appeals-Grievances-Principles-Procedures.pdf  and regulations http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/regulations/general-regulations/academic-appeals-and-grievance-regulations/

Reconsideration of grades: If you are concerned that your final grade may be incorrect it is suggested (for CAPE) that you make an informal query to the course coordinator, but you may follow the official procedures: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/study/examinations/result-dates-and-appeals/

Disabilities: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/disability/

Relation to Other Courses
This course builds on the concepts introduced throughout the 1st Professional Year. It serves as preparation for final-year design, ENCH494.

Course Requirements:
Completion of all assignments, projects and tests.

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

• Process design assignment 5th August 20%
• Heat exchanger design assignment 21st August 15%
• Process simulation assignment 17th Sept  15%
• Materials Quiz 2.5% 29th Sept
• Materials Quiz 2.5% 16th Oct
• Exam (Materials + Safety content only) 45%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $975.00

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 .

All ENCH394 Occurrences

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