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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CAPE2030 Process Systems and Applications

20 creditsClass Size: 220

Module manager: Dr VA Dupont

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20


CAPE1020Engineering Science 1


CAPE2010Engineering Science 2

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of the module, students will:
- Be familiar with the theory and industrial applications of electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic power
- Appreciate the techniques used for the measurement of industrial process parameters
- Have a basic knowledge of process control
- Have obtained experience in working with process equipment and diagnostic tools
- Have developed a critical awareness of the quality of data generated and quantifiable sources of error
- Have developed skills in data collection and recording, report writing and team working
- Have gained on-site practical experience of process operations.

Learning outcomes
By the end of the module, students should have developed a working knowledge of fluid power systems and pumping in an industrial setting. They will be aware of parameters that need consideration when choosing a measurement technique for flow, temperature or gas composition and they will have learned the principles of closed loop control. In addition, they should also have developed a range of laboratory and on-site practical skills, including data collection and analysis, report writing, team working, problem solving and identifying sources of experimental error.

Skills outcomes
The module provides students with knowledge and practical experience of equipment and operating systems commonly used in process engineering.


Fluid power systems - pump design and selection, electric motors, furnaces, boilers and turbines.
Measurement - techniques and equipment used for flow-rate, low and high temperature ranges, vapour-phase composition.
Control - automatic control, block diagram and transfer function, feedback control systems, feedback controller tuning.
Experimental - students work in groups and carry out a series of experiments designed to demonstrate various aspects of fluid flow measurement, heat transfer, thermal conductivity, pump characteristics and process control.
Process plant experience - visits to process plants with possible computer based learning to gain on-site practical experience.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment12.002.00
Private study hours147.00
Total Contact hours53.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Directed reading of recommended texts
Review of weekly lectures
Compilation and submission of experimental reports
Revision for examination

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative problems
Two laboratory reports (one report, one conference paper)

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportPractical report format15.00
ReportVisit report (group submission)15.00
ReportConference paper format10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

The resit for the visit report will be an individual submission.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2019


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