Reactor Engineering

Subject CHEN30001 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - 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: Estimated 120 hours
  • 411-257 Chemical Process Analysis 2 or 411-102 Chemical Process Analysis
  • 610-283 Reactions and Synthesis or 610-211 Light, Matter and Chemical Change
  • 620-155 Calculus 2.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Subject Overview:

This subject introduces students to aspects of reactor system design. Topics covered include ideal batch and flow reactors, the approximation of reaction systems using combinations of plug flow reactors and continuously stirred tank reactors. Also covered are the use of multiple reactors of identical and differing sizes, temperature effects on both non-adiabatic and adiabatic operation and issues associated with temperature instability. Non-ideal flow in reactors is also covered including residence time distributions, tracer tests, conversion in non-ideal reactors, micromixing and macromixing

Objectives: 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
  • One written three hour end-of-semester examination (70%)
  • A written 2-hour mid-semester test and assignments later in the semester (30% in total).
  • A mark of 40% or more in the end-of-semester examination is required 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:

On completion of this subject students should have developed team work skills and enhance the following 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 unfamiliar problem.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of 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 Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Chemical Systems

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