Module code: ENG3186

Module provider

Chemical and Process Engineering

Module Leader

THORPE RB 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: 105

Lecture Hours: 36

Tutorial Hours: 11

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
School-timetabled exam/test IN-SEMESTER CLASS TEST (45 MINUTES) 20%

Alternative Assessment


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

The Industrial Systems section introduces the basic principles of industrial systems integration.  The Energy Systems section covers methods and tools employed in systems integration decision making. It addresses the issues surrounding power supply with particular emphasis on electricity generation; a system of supply with several competing technologies. The content ranges from technical detail (the engineering) through to national and international policy making.

Module aims

An appreciation of the issues of retrofitting equipment to existing process plant namely Environmental Design Integration for Atmospheric Emissions and Integrated Industrial Water Systems Design which will be considered with examples from specific process applications.

An appreciation of design heuristics and simple graphical tools that allow the determination of systems performance targets using the above process systems examples.

An awareness of the issues surrounding current and future energy and electrical power supply.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Appreciate the problems associated systems integration principles and challenges            KC
Confidently apply heuristics, graphical and algebraic optimisation techniques to solve both simple and integrated systems     KCP
Develop performance targets for industrial systems design knowing the capabilities and shortcomings of existing technology, be able to compare attributes of the various forms of industrial, transport and domestic energy provision and apply and perform basic engineering calculations relating to energy supply KCP
Explain the advantages and difficulties of mixed energy supply knowing the requirements and costs of the electricity distribution system (national grid) KC
Explain the basic science behind phenomena such as global warming and appraise the issues and strategy behind international agreements such as Kyoto        KC
Discuss how the UK is to meet its obligations through the Energy Bill etc. and have an appreciation of some of the differing views held by pressure groups and politicians (e.g. on nuclear energy)      CP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:


Indistrial Systems 

Emissions to atmosphere

Control of NOx, particulate, Sulphur, VOC’s and combustion emission.

Safeguarding against fire and explosions, DOW Fire and Explosions Index, toxic and flammable chemicals storage, COMAH 

Water treatment systems; primary, biological and tertiary

Design for maximum water re-use for single contaminants: water-pinch analysis

Introduction to practical optimisation of multi-variable numerical problems with constraints (practical = within the context of a design project)

Developing block diagrams from process descriptions.


Energy Systems 

Forms of industrial, transport and domestic energy provision

Industrial: Power Stations (fossil fuels, nuclear, biomass, atmospheric [wind,solar, tidal), direct use, CHP (Combined Heat and Power)

Domestic, sources, electrical, solar, direct use (fossil fuels)

Transport, electricity, fuel combustion (fossil fuels), solar, animal, biomass

Basic engineering calculations that apply to the energy sector

Revision First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics, Carnot engines and maximum efficiency, steam cycles, gas turbines, refrigeration and air- conditioning.

Saving energy, thermal insulation

Thermal cycles of BAT power stations, coal/oil, gas, nuclear, biomass, CHP

Mixed energy supplies, the electricity pool: Start up and shut down times, storage systems, availability of wind, wave and solar generation

Electricity distribution system (national grid), distribution of generating sites and demand in the UK, need for redundancy, transmission losses and other running costs, switch gear, capital costs

Issues and strategy behind international agreements such a Kyoto

Global warming, causes and solutions, UK consumption, global consumption, Rio, Kyoto CO2 trading credits, taxation policy

CO2 trading credits, taxation policy

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Take students logically through the challenging material associated with the analysis of energy and industrial systems
To ensure a logical and progressive learning experience
To allow students to practice their skills on a series of real life tutorial problems in a supportive environment and in doing so prepare students for the analysis required in the Design Projects (ENG3192/3/4/5 and ENG3199) 

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures                                 3 hours per week for 11 weeks
Tutorials                                 1 hour per week for 12 weeks (average)
Independent Learning               8.75 hours per week for 12 weeks (average)


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and analytical skills over the full range of module material and to encourage progressive learning.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         In-semester Class Test – 20%, 45 minutes, (LO1, LO2, LO3)

·         Examination – 80%, 2 hours, two sections, (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5, LO6)

Formative assessment

Examples sheets will be issued with numerical answers.


Verbal feedback verbal feedback in tutorials, written and verbal feedback on class tests.

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.