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A group project, where students have the opportunity to go through all the steps of designing a process plant including feedstock and process selections, mass and energy balances, control strategy, project economics, process safety, environmental impact, and community engagement.
This course provides students with a close to real world experience of process engineering. It is built around a major design project where students have the opportunity to go through all the steps of a real design project as outlined in the learning outcomes below. The major project also provides experience in working in groups, an important skill for life after university. Students work in groups of four (or three) on their design projects during semester 2. Each group must produce an executive report and hand in their working folders at the completion of each major section of the design. There are three reports: two during the semester and the final report is due in late October (more details below). Students will make 3 presentations to their design supervisors during the course of their project (one in the third term and two in the fourth term and exam period). They will be group presentations where all the students in a design group will be given the same mark. There will be two formal group presentations as you might give to an external customer and one informal, round table style presentation as you might give to your boss at a consultancy. In the final individually written assessment, each student will describe their personal contribution to the design project and will be awarded an individual mark. The project report mark will be biased by peer- and supervisor-assessment of an individual student’s contribution to the group effort. The basis for the peer assessment will be explained in tutorials.
To apply the design process in a team environment to a real chemical engineering project includingDetermining the best choice of processCreating a process flow diagramQuantifying material and energy balancesCreating a control strategyCreating a detailed design of a select unit operationCreating a piping and instrumentation diagram for a select unit operationEvaluating the economics of the projectHazOp assessment of a major unit operationEvaluating the impact the process will have on the surrounding community
a pass in all compulsory Second Professional Year courses, ENCH496 and ENCH497
Major project report and presentations and safety assessment case. Students should expect to work for 20 hours a week during semester 2 on their major design project.There will be initial tutorials to assign groups of students to projects and project supervisors, explain assessment and to begin the design. There will be a series of workshops on working in teams and time management. There will be a tutorial session on the use of process modelling software (UniSim or HySys), and there will be a seminar and small group session on Te Ao Māori. During the semester, students will work in groups on their projects, meeting regularly with their project supervisors, and presenting their work at regular intervals.
Matt James Watson
Douglas, James M;
Conceptual design of chemical processes
Towler, Gavin P. , Sinnott, R. K;
Chemical engineering design :principles, practice, and economics of plant and process design
Domestic fee $2,266.00
International fee $11,250.00
* 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.
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Chemical and Process Engineering