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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CAPE3300 Process Engineering Operations

20 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Dr SJ Antony

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

Year running 2022/23

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of the module, students should be familiar with the background and industrial applications of key particulate process engineering operations including manufacturing processes, particle comminution and classification, separation and materials handling systems as used in a wide range of chemical, pharmaceutical, mineral and related operations. They should also have developed a range of skills relating to process experimental design, problem solving, data recording and analysis, team working and report writing.

Learning outcomes
- Acquiring a broad understanding of the principles of formation and processing materials in particulate form with relevance to chemical and bioprocessing industries.
- Developing understanding of the upstream unit operations of chemical and bio particulate reactors including medium preparation and sterilisation.
- Understanding the working principles of batch and continuous bio particulate reactors.
- Acquiring the knowledge of particulate solid formation and downstream particulate process engineering operations including particle comminution and classification, comminution and sizing, crushing and grinding equipment, particle breakage mechanisms and classification systems, storage and discharge of particulates.
- Acquiring practical skills through conducting laboratory experiments of key process engineering operations including packed tower gas absorption, cooling tower, continuous stirred tank reactor, distillation column, and fluidised bed experiments. Furthermore, this would enable students to acquire team-working skills by gathering experimental data in groups. Furthermore, students would gain skills in reviewing technical literature, analysing data, and writing technical reports.


Semester 1: Experimental - students work in teams and undertake five experiments: packed tower gas absorption, cooling tower, continuous stirred tank reactor, distillation column and fluidised bed experiments. Individual reports are submitted for each experiment, in which the data gathered are critically analysed and conclusions are drawn.

Semester 2: Manufacturing processes, theories of upstream sterilisation processes, principles of batch and continuous reactor processes of current relevance for example pharmaceutical manufacturing, particulate materials characteristics and properties, powder flow, powder mixing and associated segregation, size reduction and enlargement of particles.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Review of weekly lecture notes
Directed reading of recommended texts
Compilation and submission of experimental reports
Compilation and submission of specified coursework
Revision for examination

Opportunities for Formative Feedback


Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentTest30.00
In-course AssessmentTest30.00
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: 29/04/2022 15:31:49


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