The student can:
- Set up mass balances for non-reactive processes (especially separation steps such as extraction and distillation), and processes with reactive and recycle streams. Calculate a similar problem based on values both given and to be ascertained.
- Explain the basic principle of distillation and the McCabe-Thiele method for designing a distillation column.
- Calculate energy balances for reactive (reagents) and non-reactive (Heat Exchangers) process steps. Apply the basic design of a Heat Exchanger.
- Explain and perform calculations related to the basic principle of reagents (CSTR and PFR).
Process Engineering introduces the various basic elements that an industrial chemical process consists of, including various ‘unit operations’ for performing chemical reactions and molecular separations. Central is the concept of constructing mass and energy balances for a complete process, and for the involved unit operations. The basic knowledge is offered through lectures and tutorials. Additionally, this knowledge is directly and more expansively applied through a group wise Project, in which students develop a rudimentary design of an industrially-relevant chemical process, and analyse the process by quantifying the magnitudes, compositions, and temperatures of the various process streams. The Project aims at expanding the already acquired knowledge and gaining further insights in the coherence between various elements that, together, form the process. Teamwork and a phased approach are important for this Project.