Module code: ENG3184

Module provider

Chemical and Process Engineering

Module Leader

ALPAY E Prof (Chm Proc Eng)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 6

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 100

Lecture Hours: 33

Tutorial Hours: 8

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAMINATION 2 HOURS 70%
Coursework COURSEWORK 30%

Alternative Assessment

A resit examination will be made available.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Completion of the progression requirements to FHEQ Level 6 of degree courses in Chemical Engineering and Chemical and Bio-Systems Engineering or equivalent.

Module overview

This module provides students with the knowledge and skills to complete chemical reaction engineering analysis on biological, catalytic and fluid-solid reactors. The students will acquire knowledge about different heterogeneous reactor configurations and be able to apply chemical engineering principles to model kinetic behaviour applicable to reaction engineering.

Module aims

This module aims to further students' understanding of chemical and biological reaction engineering, relating specifically to the three main areas of heterogeneous non-catalytic reactors, heterogeneous catalytic reactors and bio-reactors (microbial & enzymatic).

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Explain the mechanisms which occur in bioreactors, and heterogeneous catalytic and non-catalytic reactors. KC
Recognise the rate limiting factor for enzymatic, microbial, catalytic and non-catalytic heterogeneous reactors. KCP
Derive from first principles kinetic expressions and concentration profile expressions for catalytic and non-catalytic heterogeneous reactors as well as bioreactors. K
Discuss the analytical and experimental techniques for the characterisation of various reactors and reactor elements in chemical and biochemical engineering. CP
Evaluate the reactor characteristics in bioreactors and heterogeneous catalytic and non-catalytic reactors. KCP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Transport Processes in Heterogeneous Catalysis         
Interfacial and intra-particle gradient effects

Fixed Bed Catalytic Reactor Design

Pseudo-homogeneous and heterogeneous models

Fluidised Bed and Transport Reactors    

Two and three-phase models; transport reactors

Multiphase Reactors           

General design and simplifications

Non-Catalytic Fluid-Solid Reactions

Particle dissolution and shrinking core models.

Industrial Reactor Case Studies                                        

e.g. bio-reactors; polymer reaction engineering; structured reactors

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to help students:

Describe and give examples for the use of heterogeneous and multiphase  reactors in the chemical engineering industry
Develop skills to derive reactor models from engineering first principles, and thus undertake reactor design

Students will have lectures and tutorials to provide them with basic appreciation of the key chemical engineering concepts applicable to heterogeneous reaction engineering. Worked examples in lectures and tutorials will give students the opportunity to place their learning in context. Coursework will enable students to put their learning in context of current industrial applications and visualise the learnt theory. Throughout the module, SurreyLearn will be used extensively to inform students and disseminate specific material such as lecture notes, useful links and literature. SurreyLearn will also be used as the main communication tool between academics and students and to upload assignments and provide initial assignment feedback.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures / Design Seminars – 2.8 hours average per week for 11 weeks (average)
Tutorials – 1 hour per week for 11 weeks
Independent learning – 9 hours per week for 12 weeks (average)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to meet the learning outcomes.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Coursework (3 elements): Elements 1 and 2 - collaborative coursework on reactor design principles – 2x10%,  (LO1-LO5); Element 3 - coursework on industrial reactor case studies – 10%,  (LO6)
Examination – 70%, (LO1-LO6)

Formative assessment and feedback.

There is no formal formative assessment, however students will receive formative feedback throughout the module, including:

Each week a tutorial session will follow the format of problems based on the recent lecture material
In the tutorial sessions formative feedback on problems will be provided, including problems covered in lectures.
Oral feedback from academics, tutors and their peers during practicals and tutorials
Feedback session following each assessment

Feedback to specific queries via email, with responses being made available to all via SurreyLearn or during tutorials

Reading list


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.