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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CAPE5365M Chemical Reaction Processes

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr X Lai

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Module replaces

CAPE5311M Chemical Reaction Processes

This module is not approved as an Elective


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

Learning outcomes
Students will attain an appreciation of:
1. reaction kinetics and mechanisms;
2. distinctive features of batch and ideal continuous reactors;
3. considerations of reactor evaluation, batch and ideal continuous reactors, selection and design.

Skills outcomes
- Development of an ability to analyse reaction and reactor systems.
- Development of problem solving abilities, e.g. by conducting appropriate performance evaluation, to determine the key parameters of reactor and reaction kinetics.


Topics Include:
- Stoichiometry, reaction order, reaction rate.
- Elementary reaction, reaction kinetics and mechanism, activation energy.
- Integral and differential analysis of rate equations.
- Batch, continuous stirred tank and plug flow reactors.
- Select and apply appropriate performance equations.
- Multiple reactions and product distributions.
- Temperature, reversible reaction equilibrium.
- Isothermal and adiabatic operation and heat transfer considerations.
- Packed bed catalytic reactors.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment22.004.00
Private study hours164.00
Total Contact hours36.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

16 hrs for concept videos, 65 hrs for reading and study about concept videos and tutorials, 18 hrs for computer based practical exercises, 65 hrs for practice questions.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Computer based practicals.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentClass Test 115.00
In-course AssessmentClass Test 215.00
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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