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CAPE3320 Reaction Engineering

20 creditsClass Size: 230

Module manager: Dr X Lai

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is mutually exclusive with

CAPE5365MChemical Reaction Processes

Module replaces

CAPE3311 Reaction Engineering

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module provides a comprehensive introduction to ideal reactor systems and kinetics.


To learn the concepts underpinning chemical reaction and reaction engineering and demonstrate how to communicate the rationale underpinning reaction engineering solutions.

To provide opportunities to apply reaction engineering principles for reactor design and evaluation in preparation for the Design Project module.

Learning outcomes
- Understand elementary first and second order reactions, stoichiometry, and reaction rates and be able to analyse experimental data to determine rate expressions.
- Recognise and understand the distinctive features of batch, fed batch and continuous ideal reactors (plug flow reactor, packed bed and CSTR in series).
- Be able to analyse and use complex process information to set up dynamic mass balances and use these to solve reaction engineering problems.
- Be able to evaluate, select and design reactor equipment 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 performance evaluation, to determine the key parameters of reactor and processes.


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

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Coursework Discussion Session22.004.00
Independent online learning hours98.00
Private study hours75.00
Total Contact hours27.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Independent online learning;
Concept videos: 42 hrs
Group work: 56 hrs
Private study:
Computer practical
Reading and study
Practice questions

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Computer based practical.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentTest25.00
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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