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EX3504: PROCESS MODELLING (2022-2023)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:27

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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Jacobus Derksen

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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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.

Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Computer Practical during University weeks 27, 29, 32, 35
  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 26 - 35, 39
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 27 - 35, 39

More Information about Week Numbers

Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Computer practicals (20%)
Open book test (80%)



Open book test 100%

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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