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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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Alfonso Martinez-felipe

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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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.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 25 - 30, 32 - 34, 38 - 39
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 25 - 30, 32 - 34, 38 - 39

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Assessment on mass - energy balances (20%)

Lab practical assessment (20%)

Open Book exam (60%)



Re-sit of only the failed assessment component(s)


Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

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