Module code: ENG3187

Module provider

Chemical and Process Engineering

Module Leader

AMINI HORRI B Dr (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: 106

Lecture Hours: 33

Tutorial Hours: 5

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
School-timetabled exam/test IN-SEMESTER TEST 1 10%
School-timetabled exam/test IN-SEMESTER TEST 2 10%

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 module is designed to develop a student’s applied analytical skills and knowledge of the complex mass transport phenomena in selected types of liquid/gas, solid/gas and liquid/solid/gas contact equipment commonly encountered in chemical process plants. The complexity of the design procedure is covered with selected process examples in which simultaneous heat and mass transfer, mass transfer with chemical reactions and physical fluid/particle separation are studied in depth.

Module aims

simultaneous heat and mass transfer are the predominant transfer mechanisms particularly cooling towers, air conditioning systems and quench towers and solids driers.

simultaneous absorption and liquid phase chemical reactions are taking place.

particles must be separated from the fluid in which they are suspended.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate a sound grasp of psychrometry, the theory of simultaneous heat and mass transfer for gas-liquid and gas/solid contact systems based on interfacial film, transport and phase equilibria and specific flow configurations of the contact equipment, confidently apply the film theory of absorption accompanied with different order chemical reactions to equipment design.        KCP
Propose theoretically well-founded designs for cooling towers, quench towers, solid drying equipment, air conditioning units and absorption towers with chemical reaction.  KCP
Formulate, solve and use the governing equations of filtration.        KC
Appraise the fundamental parameters governing the filtration and centrifugation processes         KC
Prepare accurate design calculations for specific types of filter and centrifuge.    KC

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Introduction               Introduction of simultaneous heat and mass transfer

                                    Revision of basic mass transfer theory using interfacial phase equilibrium criteria

Psychrometry            Revision of psychrometry

                                    Advanced psychrometric constructions using the charts

Humidification and Air-Conditioning

Adiabatic humidification and dehumidification processes

Psychrometric ratio and operating line of humidifiers

Air-conditioning systems

Evaporative Cooling           

Simultaneous Heat and Mass Transfer

Adiabatic Cooling

Cooling towers design

Type of cooling towers and cooling performance

Solid Drying             

Drying principles and drying terminology

Drying rate

Basic design of dryers and drying time

Simultaneous heat and mass transfer in dryers

Type of dryers, dryers for solids, pastes, solutions, and slurries


Crystallisation principles, crystal growth kinetics, and nucleation classification

Supersaturation and theoretical crystal yield

Crystalliser design and operation

Batch crystalliser design


Centrifugation principles, Mechanisms, and sedimentation

Basic theory of centrifugation

Basic design of centrifuges, residence time, sigma Theory

Centrifuge equipment, continuous/batch centrifuges

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Allow students to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to fulfil the module learning outcomes
Allow students to practice applying their learning to selected tutorial problems in a supportive environment and in so doing develop further their skill base
Allow students to solve some real world design problems

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures                                 3.5 hours per week for 11 weeks (average)
Tutorials                                 1.0 hours per week for 12 weeks
Independent Learning               8.3 hours per week for 12 weeks



Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate that they have met the module learning outcomes through

·         Successfully completing the In-semester tests on which they will receive effective feedback

·         Applying their skills to the demanding set of Tutorial problems where again providing effective guidance and feedback is considered critical to their learning

·         Completing the final examination.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         In-Semester test in Solid/Fluid Separations – two at 10% each (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5)

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

Formative assessment



Verbal feedback during Tutorials

Verbal/written feedback from In-semester 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.