The objective of this course is the transfer of insight, knowledge and experience for the technological design of (chemical) process equipment. In this course you will learn to design a compressor or pump, a heat exchanger and a distillation column, including mechanical aspects, for a given industrial process.|
The learning objectives of this course are:
After the course, you are able to (in the context of technological design of (chemical) process equipment):
- Apply a design methodology
- Apply the “number of freedom” methodology for selecting the design strategy
- Select the proper types of equipment for the duty asked
- Design, understand, analyze and optimize process equipment for an existing industrial process on large scale (able to as well as skilled in)
- Redesign the concepts to a final design after reviewing of the results of a competitive group of experts and a final discussion with them
- Point out the bottleneck parameters in the design
- Writing technical reports and specification sheets for experts in the fields (able to as well as skilled in)
An industrial process consists mainly of a reactor, separation equipment (for instance distillation), heat exchangers and pumps/compressors. This course starts with lectures to discuss the design in general, and the design of various types of unit operation in detail. Also the mechanical aspects are discussed.|
Topics of the different lectures:
- design methodology in general,
- equipment for momentum transport (pumps, fans, compressors),
- equipment for heat transfer, with and without phase transition,
- equipment for mass transfer: focus on distillation.
- mechanical design aspects of process equipment.
The course is finalized with a group design assignment of three types of unit operations for momentum, heat and mass transfer from an industrial scale process. Each team (in general of 3 to 4 students) delivers a report with the results of the design calculations. At the exam two teams will be present the results. Before the exam the team reports are exchanged to give the team the opportunity to study the other design. The students are asked during the final exam to compare and discuss the two different designs and to come up with a final concept. Finally, the mark is based on the group effort: the report and an individual mark for the oral exam about the design and redesign of the used process equipment part.