Course Title: Chemical Engineering Computer Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chemical Engineering Computer Design

Credit Points: 12.00



Course Coordinator: TBA

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

Course Coordinator Email: TBA


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced pre-requisites:

  • Chemical Engineering Fundamentals (PROC2077)
  • Mathematics For Engineers (MATH1122)
  • Reaction Engineering (PROC2083)
  • Process Thermodynamics (PROC2080)
  • Process Principles (PROC2078)


Course Description

This unit will establish an understanding on the use of advanced simulation platforms in process design and control. It will help students in developing necessary computational skills to use simulation platforms for solving number of chemical engineering design and control problems for a range of industrial sectors such as oil and gas, power, petrochemicals, mining, fertilizer and pharmaceuticals. The students will develop knowledge and skills by spending majority of their time in computer labs and through open-ended individual/group projects.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) (Honours) and associated double degrees.

1.1 Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.
1.2 Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.


On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. apply process engineering knowledge to solve problems related to range of unit operations and plant operations.
  2. apply the fundamentals of process modelling using numerical and computer aided design methods and techniques.
  3. build block diagrams, process flowsheets and process models of plant operations based on conservation laws.
  4. develop necessary skills and confidence to work with various commercial modelling packages.
  5. make necessary decisions related to reactor design, catalyst volume, operating parameters, energy and raw materials requirement etc. based on design considerations such as product quality and throughput.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will participate in lectures and related quiz, computer labs and related tutorials and a group project. You will need to work individually to perform quiz, tutorials and assignment 1 and in a team to conduct the assignment 2 which is a group project.

The course is supported by the online learning management system.

Details of Learning Activities
Lectures in Computer Aided Design course are conducted to cover basics of process modelling, conservation laws, construction of block diagram and process flowsheeting and development of unsteady and steady state mass and energy balance models for various utilities and unit operations. A thorough understanding on the basics behind the construction and operation of various simulation platforms will be described. At an end of each lecture, a quiz in the form of multiple choice questions will be conducted.

Computer labs will provide hands-on experience and develop basic skills among students to use several of the widely-used simulation packages in process modelling area such as ASPEN HYSYS, ASPEN Plus, CHEMKIN and Fact-sage. First half of each computer lab will cover a short lecture explaining the problem, its significance and simulation package to be used followed by performing an exercise individually/in group to solve the problem using a guide book made available on the online management system. In a second half, the students will be given a tutorial related to the first half. One of the tutorial questions will be assessable and will normally need to be submitted by the end of the tutorial session.

You will also need to do a group/individual project (will be decided based on enrollment numbers) covering the use of multiple simulation packages. The objective here is that you develop problem solving, systems thinking, teamwork and communication skills in the context of solving and analysing process engineering problem.

Video recording of lectures and computer-labs (except tutorial and assignment answers) will be provided to the students via online management system for revisions in their own time.


Overview of Learning Resources

Lectures, tutorials, computer-based tutorials, computer-based laboratory practicals and case studies.


Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Early Assessment Task: Quiz and Tutorial Questions related to each lecture and computer lab
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2 and 3

Assessment Task 2: Mid-semester Exam
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2,3,4 and 5

Assessment Task 3: Assignment 1 (Individual)
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2,3,4 and 5

Assessment Task 4: Assignment 2 (Group Project)
Weighting 10%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2,3,4 and 5

Assessment Task 5: Final Test (Theory and Practical)
Weighting 40%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2,3,4 and 5