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Course Overview

Starting from previously attained knowledge and understanding of equilibrium, kinetics, thermochemistry and material and energy balancing on reactive processes, the course sets about developing skills in the design and sizing of industrial chemical reactors.  Batch and continuous reactors of different types are covered with design equations being derived from fist principles for a variety of systems with different degrees of complexity.  The course focuses on homogeneous reactions, design for single and parallel reactions, reactor modelling for non-ideal flow, temperature and pressure effects and chemical reaction process safety.  Other elements of chemical reaction engineering are introduced.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Alfonso Martinez Felipe

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either CM2512 Organic & Biological Chemistry (Passed) or CM2514 Organic & Biological Chemistry (Passed)
  • Engineering (EG) (Studied)
  • One of Non-Graduating Student in Engineering Erasmus (Studied) or Non-Graduating Student in Engineering Iss (Studied) or Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering (Studied) or Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering (Studied) or Master of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering (Studied) or Bachelor of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either EG3030 Heat, Mass & Momentum Transfer (Studied) or EX3030 Heat, Mass & Momentum Transfer (Studied)
  • Either EG3029 Chemical Thermodynamics (Studied) or EX3029 Chemical Thermodynamics (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

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What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course begins with a revision of essential material in chemical reaction engineering covered in previous courses in chemistry and thermodynamics. Homogeneous reactions in ideal reactors are covered in some detail with material being supported by a laboratory exercise linked to the continually assessed part of the course. Flow patterns in non-ideal reactors are then covered in order to provide a clear distinction between the ideal and real systems found in application; flow description and characterisation are covered. Reactions catalysed by solids are then introduced with supporting case studies leading to a detailed coverage of the topic. Non catalytic systems are also covered. The course contains a significant element of embedded process safety in the form of a module on chemical reaction process safety which focuses on batch reactor systems and case studies in chemical reaction process incidents.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • Bachelor Of Science In Engineering (Chemical)
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering

Contact Teaching Time

62 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination paper (80%), and continuous assessment (20%). Resit: 1 three-hour written examination paper (100%).

Formative Assessment



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.
  • Completion of online MyAberdeen self-tests.
Students are given feedback on their progress by the following means;
  • Discussion with instructor/demonstrator during scheduled lectures and tutorials.
  • Formal marking and return of laboratory reports.
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.

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