Reactor Engineering

Subject 411-303 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Forty Eight Hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available

610-141 and 610-142 Chemistry

Corequisites: -
Recommended Background Knowledge: -
Non Allowed Subjects: -
Core Participation Requirements: -


Prof Greg Qiao


Subject Overview:

Basic concepts, ideal reactors, interpreting batch reactor data - no volume change, batch reactor data - complex reactions, batch reactor data - variable volume and differential method. Ideal reactor performance - batch reactor, ideal reactor performance - mixed flow reactor, ideal reactor - plug flow reactor, ideal reactor - performance comparison. Multiple reactors - mexed and plug flow reactors of identical size, multiple reactors - reactors of varying sizes, recycle plug flow reactor. Temperature effects - non-adiabatic operation, temperature effects - adiabatic operation, temperature instability. Non-ideal flow in reactors: residence time distributions, tracer tests, conversion in non-ideal reactors. Segregation and tank-in-series models for non-ideal reactors


On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Interpret data from both ideal and non-ideal batch, plug flow and mixed flow reactors
  • Model more complex flowing reactor systems using combinations of idealized plug flow and continuously stirred tank ranks
  • Design simple reactor systems
  • Predict simple temperature profiles in reacting systems
Assessment: One written 3-hour end-of-semester examination (70%); a written 2-hour mid-semester test and a reactor design assignment (30%). An overall mark of 50% and a mark of 40% or more in the end of semester examination are needed to pass the subject
Prescribed Texts:
  • O. Levenspiel, Chemical Reaction Engineering, 3rd Ed, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York,1999
Recommended Texts:
  • R. W. Missen, C. A. Mims and B. A. Saville, Introduction to Chemical reaction engineering and kinetics, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, New York,1999
  • H.S.Fogler, Elements of chemical reaction engineering, 3rd Ed., Prentice Hall PTR, New Jersey, 1999

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • capacity for independent thought;
  • ability and self-confidence to comprehend complex concepts, to express them lucidly and to confront unfamilar problems.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Engineering (EngineeringManagement) Chemical

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