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CAPE3320 Reaction Engineering

20 creditsClass Size: 230

Module manager: Professor FL Muller

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is mutually exclusive with

CAPE5311MChemical Reaction Processes

Module replaces

PEME3311 Reaction Engineering

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module provides a comprehensive introduction to ideal reactor systems and kinetics.


- In-depth understanding of ideal reactors; batch stirred tank reactor, continuous stirred tank reactor and plug flow reactors.
- Understanding of elementary reactions, stoichiometry, and reaction rates.
- To provide a thorough grounding in performance evaluation, selection, design of batch, continuous stirred tank and plug flow reactors.
- Generate rate expressions from experimental data sets.
- To provide a basis for the reactor design aspects of the Design Project module.

Learning outcomes
Students will attain an appreciation of:
- Distinctive features of batch and continuous ideal reactors.
- Considerations of reactor evaluation, selection and design.

Skills outcomes
- Development of ability of reaction and reactor system analysis.
- Development of problem solving abilities, e.g. by conducting appropriate performance evaluation, to determine the key parameters of reactor and processes.


Topics Include:
- Stoichiometry, reaction order, reaction rate.
- Elementary reaction, reaction kinetics and mechanism, activation energy.
- Integral and differential analysis of rate equations.
- Batch and plug flow reactors, and continuous stirred-tank reactor.
- Select and apply appropriate performance equation.
- Multiple reaction and product distribution.
- Temperature and pressure effects, reversible reaction equilibrium.
- Isothermal and adiabatic operation and heat transfer considerations.
- Numerical solution of reaction engineering problems.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours152.00
Total Contact hours48.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

120 hours for reading (3 hours per lecture)
6 hours for tutorials (1 hour per tutorial)
12 hours for coursework (6 hours per coursework)
10 hours for computer based exercise.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Coursework and computer based exercise.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportPractical 1 report0.00
ReportPractical 2 report0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)0.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

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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