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EX3504: PROCESS MODELLING (2015-2016)

Last modified: 25 Mar 2016 11:36

Course Overview

This course aims to develop students? ability in process simulation, broadly, in two areas: 1) the use of commercially available steady-state process simulation engines; 2) the development of process models and simulations from first principles using other applications such as Matlab, MathCad and Excel. In achieving these aims, the course will allow students to further develop their skillset in Process Thermodynamics, Process Analysis and Chemical Engineering Computer Applications.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 10 credits (5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Jacobus Derksen

Qualification Prerequisites


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Course Description

Fluid package choice in process simulation is of critical importance; the course continues the thermodynamics thread from Chemical Thermodynamics by discussing in more depth how to go about selecting an appropriate fluid package to simulate processes. The possibility of using multiple fluid packages to simulate different parts of a process is also introduced. Within the process simulation environment, students are given an in-depth course in process simulation incorporating a variety of process units, components and computational utilities such as optimisations and case studies. The development of process models from first principles is introduced and developed. An in-depth discussion and implementation of the relations between state functions and PVT models is undertaken with the end-goal of students being able to effectively develop their own process models. The basics of non-linear optimisation are embedded into this part of the course as is the development of proficiency in the use of packages such as Matlab, MathCad and Excel.

Further Information & Notes

This course is only available to students in programme year 3 of MEng Chemical Engineering or BEng Chemical Engineering.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Three-hour written examination (80%); Continuous Assessment (20%) Resit: Three-hour written examination (100%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Students may obtain feedback on their progress by the following means;
  • Comparison of tutorial results to published solutions.
  • Submission of tutorial solutions to instructor/demonstrator for marking.
Students are given feedback on their progress by the following means;
  • Discussion with instructor/demonstrator during scheduled lectures, tutorials and practicals.
  • Formal marking and return of assignments.
Students may give feedback on the course by;
  • Filling out and submitting, at any time, the 'Anytime Feedback Form' which is available in MS-Word or pdf format on the course MyAberdeen page.
  • Filling out and submitting SCEF forms during and at the end of the course.

Course Learning Outcomes


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