Project work

Year one and two

Year one and two project work

Year one

In your first year, you’ll participate in an introductory group project, which will form part of your coursework. This project is concerned with the design of processing plants – a major aspect of all process-based engineering – and you’ll gain your first experience of the design process.

You’ll research and review different aspects of the manufacture of a specific commodity chemical including:

  • the different process routes available to the group and the selection of a specific process
  • the construction of a process flow diagram
  • the chemistry involved in the process
  • the unit operations used on the manufacturing plant
  • the sources and properties of the raw materials
  • the uses and applications of the product
  • the health and safety, environmental and ethical issues associated with the manufacturing of the chemical
  • the economics of the process.

​Year two

In your second year, you’ll work on a mini project which is a simplified version of an industrial process that you may meet in a real-life situation as a Chemical Engineer.

You’ll learn to balance a chemical process which usually includes a recycle and a purge, and then calculate the energy balance across a reactor. After designing a heat exchanger, you’ll calculate the pressure drops across and the piping to help you produce a pump and its motor. The project will give you experience of working in a team and help you to develop your communication and time management skills.

 

Charlotte Ransom - MEng Chemical and Nuclear Engineering

All of my projects have been heavily related to the nuclear industry, and in first year my group were given a project involving the conversion of uranium ore to a material called uranium yellowcake which can then be enriched for use within nuclear processes.
Charlotte Ransom