Process Equipment Design

Subject CHEN90012 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 x 1 hour lectures + 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated 200 hours



Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2


Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2

(Prior to 2013 ENGR30001 Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics)



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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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Prof George Franks


Prof George Franks


Subject Overview:


Application to the design of chemical equipment. Design of fluid storage and transfer equipment; pressure and non-pressure vessels, pumps and compressors, nozzles, piping, valves. Design of other operational units commonly used in chemical plants; heat exchangers, solid handling devices, fluid processing units. Hydraulic aspects of plate distillation column, packed columns, fluidised beds. Safety and integrity of equipment; safe working stress. Design standards and codes of practice. Flow sheets, plant layout; equipment, piping and site layouts.


To be able to conduct technical design of process equipment such as: pressure vessels, non-pressure vessels, compressors, heat exchangers, plate distillation columns, packed absorption columns, fluidised beds. To be able to design and layout pipelines. To be able to select valves and pumps. To be familiar with general concepts of process equipment design so that other process equipment, not covered in this subject, can be designed. To be able to design equipment safely. To be able to design equipment in compliance with regulations and standards. To be able to design equipment in an economically efficient manner. To be able to produce equipment specification sheets and equipment drawings. To be able to develop and draw process flow sheets and plant layouts.

This subject has been integrated with the Skills Towards Employment Program (STEP) and contains activities that can assist in the completion of the Engineering Practice Hurdle (EPH).

Learning Outcomes:


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Display an understanding of the principles of process equipment design, the mechanical aspects of the design and operation of process equipment, including safety considerations
  2. Students will have completed detailed designs of several unit operations
  3. Students should be able to develop process flow sheets and lay out of equipment and pipelines in chemical process plants

  • One written 3-hour end-of-semester examination (40%)
  • One assignment due in three or more parts during semester, requiring approximately 75-80 hours of work in total (60%).

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1 to 3 are addressed by the examination and the assignment

Hurdle requirement: Students must pass both components of assessment and pass the examination with minimum score of 40% to pass the subject.

Prescribed Texts:


Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Capacity for independent thought
  • Awareness of advanced technologies in the discipline
  • Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance.



Lectures, tutorials, worked examples, Problem based learning


The required text for this subject are the Lecture Notes compiled by Franks. They are available on LMS.

Lecture Notes produced by Dr. Teresa Pong prior to 2006, are available on LMS. These notes contain additional information which may be needed for your Design Project in Semester 2. Please down load them and save them for reference.

Additional texts used in compiling these notes will need to be consulted from time to time including:
Sinnott, R. and Towler, G., 2009 Chemical Engineering Design, 5th Edition, Elsevier,
Australian Standards,
AS 1210 – Pressure Vessel, UniM ERC f 681.760410218 STAN - hard copy
AS 4041 – Pressure Piping, UniM ERC f 681.76041 PRES - hard copy
AS 1200 – Pressure Equipment
AS 1692 – Steel tanks for flammable and combustible liquids
AS 4343 – Pressure Equipment, Hazard Levels
AS 1940 – Handling and storage of flammable and combustible liquids for e-version, go to supersearch – find data base – SAI global – AS1210, AS1200, AS1692, AS4041 etc – view document
Additional TEXTS Also used in compiling these notes
Treybal, R.E., , 1980, ‘Mass Transfer Operations’. McGraw Hill, New York.
Zappe, R.W., , 1991, ‘Valve Selection Handbook’, Gulf Publishing, Houston.
Pell, M., , 1990, ‘Gas Fluidization’, New York, Elsevier.
Howard, J.R., ‘Fluidized Bed Technology, Principles and Applications’, Adam Hilger, New York, 1989
Couper, J.R., Penney, W. R., Fair, J.R., Walas, S. M., , 2004,Chemical Process Equipment, Selection and Design, 2nd Edition, Elsevier, On line edition available from library through Knovel.
Perry’s Chemical Engineers Handbook (7th Edition), McGraw-Hill, 2004, On line edition available from library through Knovel.
Sinnott, R. K., , 1999, Coulson and Richardson’s Chemical Engineering, Volume 6, 3rd edition. Also volumes 2 and 1.


National and company standards are covered. The role of engineers in the profession is discussed.

Related Course(s): Doctor of Philosophy - Engineering
Master of Philosophy - Engineering
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: B-ENG Chemical Engineering stream
B-ENG Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering stream
Master of Engineering (Biochemical)
Master of Engineering (Chemical with Business)
Master of Engineering (Chemical)

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