The following is a sample of the typical modules that we offer as at the date of publication but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and the module information in this prospectus is provided for indicative purposes only.
This module covers the essential fluid mechanics needed by engineers to design tanks, vessels, piping systems and pumps. It also forms a basis for later modules on heat and mass transfer in fluids. You'll spend three hours in lectures per week and have regular practical sessions.
This module introduces the algebra of complex numbers to provide a key mathematical tool for analysing linear mathematical and engineering problems. It introduces the complexity of general (large) systems of equations and their study using matrix techniques. You’ll also study the calculus of a single variable to develop techniques used in the analysis of engineering problems. Topics include:
- algebra of complex numbers
- matrix algebra and its applications to systems of equations and eigenvalue problems
- functions and their properties
- advanced differential and integral calculus of one variable
You’ll have a one-hour lecture and a two-hour workshop every week for this module.
Heat and Mass Transfer
The module will introduce the basic concepts of heat and mass transfer with particular emphasis on the chemical process industries. In addition, you’ll use the concept of dimensionless analysis and the use of dimensionless numbers for the correlation of data.
Process Engineering Fundamentals
This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the fundamental material and energy balances that underpin process engineering. You’ll study material balances including:
- once-through and recycle systems
- flowsheets for continuous processes
- batch processes
- steady and unsteady state operation
- reacting and non-reacting systems
- energy balances
- combustion calculations
- heat balances in chemical and physical systems
- enthalpy/composition diagrams
You’ll spend three hours in lectures and have regular practical workshops for this module.
Separation Process Fundamentals
The module aims to introduce basic principles and concepts behind basic unit operations used in chemical and environmental processes and applications. Topics include:
- gas absorption
- single and multiple effect evaporation
- vapour recompression integrated with evaporator
- cascade and counter-current leaching process
- stagewise and continuous liquid-liquid extraction process
You’ll spend around three hours in lectures each week.
This module aims to provide you with the necessary pre-requisite skills and foundation in chemistry required for further study.
This module will present the basics of thermodynamics with particular emphasis on applications to process plant. By the end of the module you should be able to analyse most of the common energy-based operations found on process plant.
This module provides a basic understanding of geology and includes topics such as:
- introduction to the main rock types and minerals
- rock forming processes
- the composition of the Earth
- geological structures
- natural hazards including volcanism and earthquakes
- geological map interpretation
This module comprises two distinct parts. The first part is a revision and extension of important aspects of A-level physics. The second part of the course covers engineering materials used by chemical and environmental engineers in relevant process industries. Every week you’ll have three weeks of lectures and a one-hour tutorial.
Chemistry in the Environment
This module will provide you with a strong foundation in basic chemical principles and practice. You’ll spend three hours in lectures every week and have regular lab sessions in which you’ll gain practical skills and learn how to solve complex problems.
Fundamentals of Engineering Design
This module introduces the deliverables, constraints and conventions of the design process. It will enable you to understand the fundamental basis of design, and the design tools most commonly used by engineers in industry. Each week you will have two three-hour workshops and one one-hour computing session.
This module establishes the principles of mass transfer separation processes, with a focus on binary distillation, gas absorption/stripping and drying. Every week you’ll have a two-hour lecture and a one-hour tutorial. You’ll also have regular practical workshops.
This module aims to ensure that students understand the fundamental basis of design, and the design tools most commonly used by engineers in industry. There is a strong focus on the design criterions for process equipment such as pumps, heat exchangers, and phase separators. You’ll also learn the basics of process plant economics and plant optimisation using cost models. Every week you’ll spend six hours in practical workshops and two hours in computing sessions.
Chemical and Phase Equilibria
This module is an introduction to chemical thermodynamics and its applications to chemical, vapour/liquid/liquid and solid/liquid equilibria, and correlation and prediction of data. You’ll spend two hours in lectures and one hour in practicals per week studying for this module.
In this module you’ll study the flow of fluids through beds of particles. You’ll study modules including: simultaneous flow of gas and liquid through packed columns dynamics of a single particle, terminal velocity, solid/liquid separation processes, solid/ centrifugal separations particle size reduction; drops and bubbles; conveying. You’ll spend three hours in lectures and three hours in practicals per week.
Differential Equations and Calculus for Engineers
The majority of the module is concerned with providing techniques for solving selected classes of ordinary differential equations (ODEs). This module provides the fundamental concepts for solving partial differential equations relevant to modelling of thermodynamic, fluid or elastic problems which is then introduced and illustrated by obtaining fundamental solutions using techniques developed within the module. You’ll spend one hour in lectures and two hours in practicals per week.
Probabilistic and Numerical Techniques for Engineers
The module is divided into two sections: numerical techniques for ordinary differential equations and probability theory and introductory statistical inference. The module aims to develop the foundations of probability theory and to apply large sample statistics within an engineering context. You’ll spend one hour in lectures and two hours in workshops per week.
This module provides an introduction to the properties of engineering materials including topics such as: chemical bonding and structure, mechanical properties, elasticity, viscoelasticity, creep, fatigue and fracture. The module also provides elements of mechanical and structural design using engineering materials. You’ll spend three hours in lectures per week studying for this module.
This module covers the essential principles of key ’liquid’ based surface phenomena, such as surface tension, capillary rise/depression, micelle formation and design of surfactants/interfacial agents.
The aim of the module is to give you an appreciation of the essential aspects of surface chemistry in relation to heterogeneous catalysis and aspects of surface tension as relevant to chemical engineers. You’ll spend three hours in lectures per week for this module.
This module will help you develop the knowledge and skills needed for the successful management of waste. Increasingly, waste is viewed as a valuable resource that must be managed and utilised effectively to minimise environmental impact.
The first part of the module introduces you to conventional waste management practices. You’ll study the development of legislation and how directives from the European Union impact on our daily lives. Current waste treatment techniques and technologies will be studied:
- Biological methods (composting, anaerobic digestion)
- Thermal methods (energy from waste, gasification, pyrolysis)
- Mechanical biological treatment and landfilling
Techniques and approaches for the recovery and recycling of waste products will also be a core component. You’ll explore how successful waste/resource recovery schemes are increasing due to the application and adaptation of technology from other industries. You’ll also analyse case studies on topical aspects such as materials recovery and reprocessing of specific waste streams.
Teaching is delivered through three hours of lectures each week.
This module is designed to give you a theoretical and practical introduction to the principles of analytical measurement. Particular emphasis of the module is on quality control, quality assurance and accreditation. Teaching is delivered through a blend of lectures, practical workshops and computing sessions.
Process Engineering Project
This module builds on and applies the principles of particle mechanics, separation processes, interfacial chemistry and chemical and phase equilibria. You’ll utilise current technical chemical engineering knowledge to plan and operate a multi-step process in order to produce a series of products to a given specification.
Consideration is also given to appropriate safety and environmental guidelines. You’ll spend two hours in lectures and one hour in tutorials per week.
Fundamentals of Process Control
This module forms an introduction to computational techniques and computing and process dynamics and control. It aims to provide you with experience in computer programming, dynamic process simulation and process control concepts. You’ll spend four hours in lectures and three hours in computing per week.
Process Dynamics and Control
This module aims to provide you with a basis for understanding the dynamic behaviour of a process system and the options available for its safe single loop control. It aims to help you develop an appreciation of:
- the dynamic behaviour of processes
- effects of disturbances and single loop controllers
- the features and constraints on choice of conventional process control instruments and equipment
- a basis for process analysis and design using dynamic process models and dynamic simulation
You’ll spend two hours in lectures and two hours in computing sessions every week.
The lectures in this module include problem solving and interactive computer modules (ICM). You’ll work on problems in advance of the sessions. The textbook Fogler, H. Scott - "Elements of chemical reaction engineering", 4th ed., Prentice Hall, 2005 is closely followed. The main topics are:
- mole balances
- conversion and reactor sizing
- rate laws and stoichiometry
- collection and analysis of rate data
- isothermal reactor design
- multiple reactions
- steady-state non-isothermal reactor design
- catalysis and catalytic reactors
Process Simulation 1
This module is an introduction to steady-state process simulation by computer. Students will use a commercial package in a design environment and will develop an understanding of the benefits and drawbacks of such tools. You’ll spend one hour in lectures and around three hours in practicals per week.
In this module you’ll look in detail at the process of mass transfer in multi-component separation equipment and multicomponent separation processes. You’ll learn principles of design for distillation and absorption columns and use computer applications. You’ll spend two hours in lectures and one hour in workshops per week studying for this module.
Advanced Transport Phenomena
This module aims to provide an in depth knowledge of heat, mass and momentum transport that is necessary in assessing, analysing and developing chemical, biochemical and environmental processes.
Furthermore, this module fills the gap between first year transport phenomena and the fourth year CFD module while introducing the multi-physics aspect of the discipline. You’ll spend three hours in lectures and three hours in practicals each week studying for this module.
This module aims to introduce to students and build fundamental knowledge and skills in the utilization of biological systems in bio-manufacturing and bioconversion. Students will learn basic biological science applied to the exploitation of living systems and their components. Fundamentals of bioprocess safety will be developed. You’ll spend three hours in lectures per week studying for this module.
Industrial Process Analysis
This module aims to provide you with a thorough understanding of how process, hygiene and material characteristics influence the total transformation design of chemical process plants via the reverse / forensic engineering based analysis of exemplar plant designs. You’ll learn how to:
- assess the physical-chemical basis for safe process design, including handling of extremely hazardous materials, appropriate safety and control measures and the effect that such considerations have upon influence of scale-up
- evaluate the basis for selection of construction material based on the characteristics of the materials being processed, conditions required to achieve the transformation, etc
- critically evaluate physical-chemical basis for application of novel/alternative processes and plant designs (for example, green chemistry/process intensification/process integration)
- explain the physical-chemical and practical factors which influence process economics, for example achievable yields, economies of scale of process, work–up and purification, Sue stages
- demonstrate what influence whole system thinking, total life-cycle and critical analysis have upon the physical-chemical basis of process designs
- explain control choices with respect to the material, physical and chemical properties of the process relating them to product specifications and legislation requirements etc
- evaluate interactive risk within a complex system
- understand the potential influence of that environmental impact and societal opinion has upon process design
Every week you’ll have two hours of lectures and a one hour tutorial.
Process Engineering Laboratory
In this module you’ll be given a laboratory-based problem and you’ll need to plan experiments to collect the data required to solve the problem. You’ll work in groups but write individual reports covering process assessment, experimental procedure and the description and discussion of the experimental results.
By solving a laboratory-based problem, you should gain the confidence in making decisions in a technical/scientific environment and adopt a rational, efficient approach to problem solving. You’ll also become more familiar with the operation of commonly-encountered chemical engineering equipment and improve your skills in collecting, analysing and interpreting experimental data.
Design and Project Management
This is a group design project involving the preparation of heat and mass balances and flow sheets for a particular process scheme and the detailed design of certain important plant items. A study of the control, operational, safety, environmental and economic aspects will be included. You will also gain an appreciation of project and financial planning.
You’ll spend one hour in a tutorial and make use of self-study sessions each week studying for this module.
In this module, you’ll undertake a combined design and research project in a team of two to four students. In addition, you’ll gain detailed knowledge in the specific topic of study.
The aim is for you to gain skills in planning, executing and reporting on an individual research study thereby developing their powers of analysis, independence and critical judgement. You’ll spend one hour in tutorials and make use of group-study sessions each week studying for this module.
Advanced Biochemical Engineering
This module covers the design of processes and equipment that make use of biological entities for the synthesis of chemicals and materials. Key elements include:
- principles of mass and heat transfer in biological systems
- sterile operation
- bioreactor design
- downstream processing
- specialist instrumentation
- regulatory environment and biosafety
The module enables you to apply chemical engineering principles to processes involving biological systems and to appraise the significant issues of reactor engineering, product recovery, isolation and purification specific to biotechnology. You’ll learn problem solving skills to design bioprocessing unit operations. Every week you’ll have three hours of lectures and tutorials.
Advanced Reaction Engineering
The intent of this module is to help the student master advanced concepts in chemical reaction engineering. You’ll study topics such as: advanced reactor design; chemical reaction mechanisms and rate theories, transport effects in reactive systems, and rate expressions for complex and heterogeneous catalytic reaction system. You’ll spend three hours in lectures per week.
This module will identify the industrial occurrence of the simultaneous flow of more than one phase and highlight the implications for design. It will establish the principles of flow and heat transfer in gas/liquid systems and the principles of design methods. You’ll spend three hours in lectures per week.
Process Synthesis and Design
This module develops the student's ability in directed group work to synthesising and designing sustainable chemical processes. The group project will involve teams of three to four students. Two projects covering flow-sheet synthesis and resource conservation will be undertaken. You’ll spend three hours in lectures per week.
Advanced Computational Methods
The module is designed to give you experience of advanced software applications in chemical engineering, and their potential application to research projects. You will learn how to use advanced features of HYSYS, including:
- the optimiser for (a) a two-stage compressor (b) an economic assessment of a refrigeration process
- the dynamics package to simulate (a) fluid flow in tanks in series (b) the control of a separator drum
You’ll spend three hours per week in computing sessions.
Computational Fluid Dynamics
In this module you’ll develop an advanced understanding of fluid mechanics. You’ll use computational methods in fluid mechanics to further understand how techniques are applied to real fluid engineering problems. For example, you’ll study fluid/structure interactions, air flow, channel flow and water wave propagation. You’ll spend between two and four hours in lectures and two hours in computing sessions each week.
Advanced Rheology and Materials
This module will introduce you to the flow properties of complex fluids. It will cover rheological models, outline characterisation techniques and explore selected applications. Case study supervisions are carried out in groups of three to five students and are intended to support your research into an industrial application of rheology and/or materials. You’ll spend three hours in lectures per week.
Petroleum Production Engineering
This module covers:
- the formation and location of petroleum hydrocarbon reserves
- drilling and completion engineering including well control techniques
- basic reservoir physics and evaluation
- production management and enhancement
- primary separation
You’ll spend two hours in lectures every week.
Power Generation and Carbon Capture
The following topics are covered:
- fossil fuels, occurrence, use and world-wide availability
- fossil power generation, conventional and advanced technologies
- current environmental/climate change issues in power generation using fossil fuels
- emission problems and reduction technologies
- climate-forcing carbon emissions and fossil energy de-carbonisation
- co-firing of fossil fuels and biomass
- carbon (CO2) capture and storage (CCS)
The challenges in tackling climate change call for a sustainable re-structuring of our energy infrastructure, particularly the fossil fuel fired power generation sector. The primary aim of this module is to address the major issues and challenges facing the power generation sector using fossil fuels. This will be related to emissions problems and their abatement technologies and will address both conventional and advanced power generation technologies.
There will be a particular focus on various aspects of CCS technologies and their application in a range of fossil energy sectors, from the technical and deployment status of CCS to related financial and environmental challenges and opportunities. You’ll have two hours of lectures a week for this module.
Process Risk Benefit and Analysis
The module will explore decision making in the presence of uncertainty. Risks of particular interest are those associated with large engineering projects such as the development of innovative new products and processes. The module will present and interpret some of the frameworks helpful for balancing risks and benefits in situations that typically involve:
- human safety
- potential environmental effects
- large financial and technological uncertainties
Case studies will be used to illustrate key points and these will centre on the use and recovery of plastics, metals, industrial minerals and energy. You’ll spend three hours in tutorials per week.
This module aims to provide you with the fundamental knowledge of energy storage science and the practical skills related to this area. It covers the following topics:
- fuels storage (coal, oil, natural gas, biomass, hydrogen etc)
- mechanical energy storage (springs, compressed air, fly wheels etc)
- heat or thermal energy storage (phase transformation, endothermic and exothermic reactions etc)
- electricity storage (electrochemical means, such as batteries, fuel cells, redox flow batteries, supercapacitors)
- integration of storage with supplier and users (power electronics for interfacing energy stores with power grid, renewable sources and users)
You’ll spend two hours in lectures and three hours in practicals per week.
This broad-based module covers the chemistry, material properties and manufacturing methods relevant to polymers. Topics include:
- polymer chemistry and structure
- routes to synthesis, polymerisation techniques, practical aspects of industrial production
- viscoelasticity, time-temperature equivalence
- rheology of polymer melts, heat transfer in melts, entanglements
- properties of solid polymers, yield and fracture, crazing
- manufacturing with polymers, extrusion, injection-moulding
- design/processing interactions for plastic products
Every week you’ll have two hours of lectures and a one-hour seminar.