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CAPE5330M Advanced Reaction Engineering

15 creditsClass Size: 170

Module manager: Professor FL Muller

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22


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 learn advanced reaction engineering core concepts: complex catalytic kinetics, residence time and mass transfer.

To provide opportunities to apply these reaction engineering principles and demonstrate how to communicate the rationale underpinning reaction engineering solutions.

Learning outcomes
- Recognise and understand the distinctive features of reactor systems with heterogeneous catalysis, non-ideal flow, or mass transfer.
- Understand the core concepts underpinning catalytic reactor systems and to be able to evaluate and design reactors based on networks of reactions.
- Understand the core concepts underpinning reactor systems with non-ideal residence time distributions, to be able interpret RTD experiments and apply this to evaluate and design reactors.
- Understand the core concepts underpinning reactor systems with mass transfer and to be able to apply these in the evaluation and design of reactors.
- Be able to analyse and use complex process information to evaluate, select and design reactor equipment involving non-ideal flow, complex kinetics or mass transfer and to communicate the rationale underpinning reaction engineering solutions.

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

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Coursework Discussion Session22.004.00
Private study hours116.00
Total Contact hours34.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Concept Videos: 25 hrs
Computer practical: 16 hrs
Reading and Study: 30 hrs
Practice Questions: 35 hrs

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

3 simulation tasks

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course MCQClass test15.00
In-course MCQClass test15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)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: 30/06/2021 16:24:15


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