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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CAPE5320M Multi-Scale Modelling and Simulation

30 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Dr A Hassanpour

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

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Background in fluid dynamics, heat and mass transfer and mathematical techniques.

Module replaces

PEME5312M Multi-Scale Modelling and Simulation

This module is not approved as an Elective


- To provide an appreciation of current scientific, engineering and technological challenges that render development of multi-scale modelling and simulation approaches desirable.
- To provide an understanding of the concepts underpinning and the steps required for a practical realisation of modern multi-length and multi-time scale modelling and simulation approaches.
- To provide a demonstration of the application of multi-scale modelling and practical experience of implementing and using a number of multi-scale models.

Learning outcomes
The module will deliver an overview of modelling and simulation techniques at the microscopic, mesoscopic and macroscopic length scales, for example molecular modelling, computational fluid dynamics modelling and discrete element method. It will also provide an understanding of how different length scale techniques can be formally integrated. Finally, it will show how multi-scale modelling and simulation can be applied to solve practical problems of relevance to the chemical and process engineering industries via a number of case studies.

This module will enhance, significantly, computer based skills, problem solving skills, research skills and information literacy as well as a students' ability to write project reports based on a number of computer-based projects and targeted reading of topics related to multi-scale modelling and simulation.

Skills outcomes
Training in commerical simulation software.


Introduction to modelling and simulation approaches individually; molecular modelling, discrete element methods and computational fluid dynamics. Typical examples showing application of each technique, and scope for integrating multi-scale modelling concepts in chemical and process engineering applications. Training in use of modelling and simulation approaches, and their application to solve practical problems via the digital twin design approach in chemical and process engineering industries.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours94.00
Private study hours118.00
Total Contact hours88.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Independent online learning will be by way of familiarisation and self-training in the use of computer software, and computer-based modelling software applications that will be used to construct multi-scale models in accordance with the coursework project briefs.

The time allocated for private study will include a structured programme of reading against a list of sources provided to the students and the review of weekly lecture notes. Researching and preparation of reports on the four set assignments are included in this total.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress will be monitored through the training and demonstrator-assisted sessions and through feedback sessions in lectures, in which academic staff and demonstrators will be present. It will also be monitored via the submission of the technical reports associated with each of the projects set.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentMolecular Modelling20.00
AssignmentComputational Fluid Dynamics40.00
AssignmentDiscrete Element Modelling40.00
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: 28/04/2023 14:55:29


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