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Course module: 201300155
Process Equipment design
Course infoSchedule
Course module201300155
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact personir. E.A. Bramer
PreviousNext 3
Lecturer T.C. Bor
Contactperson for the course
ir. E.A. Bramer
ir. E.A. Bramer
ir. E.A. Bramer
Examiner A.G.J. van der Ham
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
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):  
  1. Apply a design methodology
  2. Select the proper types of equipment for the duty asked
  3. Design, understand, analyze and optimize process equipment for an existing industrial process on large scale (able to as well as skilled in)
  4. Redesign the concepts to a final design after reviewing the results of a competitive group of experts and a final discussion with them
  5. Point out the bottleneck parameters in the design
  6. Work together in a team to handle and solve challenging technical designs for process equipment, present the results in a report, specification sheets and in a presentation to a group of experts in this field

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  present their 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 + presentation and an individual mark for the oral exam about the design and redesign of the used process equipment part.  

Assumed previous knowledge

All tracks: Basic knowledge about transport phenomena and heat transfer on bachelor level.
Participating study
Master Mechanical Engineering
Participating study
Master Sustainable Energy Technology
Participating study
Bachelor Chemical Science & Engineering
Participating study
Master Chemical Engineering
Required materials
Additional course notes via Canvas
Recommended materials
R.K. Sinnott & Gavin Towler. Chemical Engineering Design, 5th edition, ISBN-13: 978-0-7506-8551-1 (E-book in UT library)
Gavin Towler & R.K. Sinnott, Chemical Engineering Design, 2nd Edition ISBN 13: 9780080966595 (E-book in UT library)
Instructional modes

Project unsupervised



Group Assignment/Presentation/Oral Exam

Group Assignment:
Report + presentation

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