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CAPE5330M Advanced Reaction Engineering

15 creditsClass Size: 170

Module manager: Professor FL Muller

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20


CAPE3320Reaction Engineering

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module provides a comprehensive introduction to:- Types of heterogeneous multiphase reactions and reactors.- Models, rate of reactions and size analysis of reactors.- Principles of process performance analysis and design of the multiphase reactors. - Non-isothermal and non-ideal flow reactor systems.


- To study advanced reaction engineering core concepts: complex kinetics, residence time and mass transfer;
- To learn how these three concepts are applied in models commonly used for heterogeneous and complex reactors;
- To be able to analyse data of systems in which kinetics is coupled to residence time and/or mass transfer;
- To apply the core concepts to catalytic and multi-phase reactor design.

Learning outcomes
Students will attain an appreciation of:
- distinctive features of heterogeneous reactions and reactors;
- catalytic reaction analysis and multiphase reaction;
- 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 numerical analysis using model of reaction and mass transfer to determine the key parameters of reactor and processes.
- Knowledge application to practical design and experience of industrial practice on design calculations.


Topics Include:
- Reaction kinetics, rate equations for catalysed systems, integral and differential analysis of kinetic data.
- Performance equations for ideal reactors (batch, continuous stirred tank and plug flow), rate constants based on extensive quantities other than fluid volume, observed rate constants, application on fixed and fluidised bed reactors.
- Non-ideal flow reactors: hydrodynamics and mixing in real stirred tank and tubular reactor, residence time distribution for ideal reactors; macro and micro mixedness, tanks in series and axial dispersion models, compartment models, the impact of RTD on the extent of reaction, general performance equation.
- Mass transfer, mass transfer combined with reaction, resistance in series model, gas liquid mass transfer systems, mass transfer in rate equations, pore diffusion limitation, effectiveness factors. Thiele modulus'.
- Application of core concepts on example reactor types: like bubble columns, trickle bed reactors, fixed bed reactors and fluidised bed reactor.
- Mathematical concepts underpinning reaction engineering, numerical and graphical solutions methods, Dirac function, Riemann's sum, integration methods.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours98.00
Total Contact hours52.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

90 hours reading (3 hours per lecture and tutorial)
Coursework preparation

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

3 simulation tasks

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PracticalProblem based concept application0.00
PracticalProblem based concept application0.00
PracticalProblem based concept application0.00
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: 05/11/2019 08:50:01


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