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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CAPE2030 Process Systems and Applications

20 creditsClass Size: 220

Module manager: Dr E Danso-Boateng

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23


CAPE1020Engineering Science 1


CAPE2050Engineering 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 mechanical pumping systems for hydraulic and pneumatic flows
- Appreciate the theory and principle applications of engineering scale-up for mixing impellers and sizing and design of pumping systems
- Be familiar with principles of common measurement techniques used in process engineering relevant to temperature, flow, level, pressure, gas composition, ultimate and proximate analysis, and thermodynamic properties.
- Appreciate the practical aspects of these measurement techniques
- 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 will be:
- Developing critical understanding and working knowledge of the most common methods of measurement and control of chemical engineering process variables in industrial settings allowing for utilisation in process design and process control.
- Developing critical understanding of background theory and working knowledge of pump designs, and sizing of turbines and pumping systems.
- Developing a range of laboratory skills by performing laboratory experiments on fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and process control.
- Developing on-site practical skills and industrial practice through conducting industrial activities. This would enable students to acquire skills in data collection and analysis, technical 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.


Measurement - techniques and equipment used to determine temperature, gas and vapour-phase composition, elemental analysis, proximate analysis, thermodynamic properties, flow-rate, pressure, liquid level.
Control - automatic control, block diagram and transfer function, feedback control systems, feedback controller tuning.
Engineering scale up - Fundamentals of scale-up design through dimensionless groups, and application to mixing turbines.
Fluid power systems - Positive displacement and centrifugal pump design and selection, practical sizing guides and pressure drop considerations. Pneumatic flows for powder transport.
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
Independent online learning hours16.00
Private study hours147.00
Total Contact hours37.00
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: 12/07/2022


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