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.
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.