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This module considers the rheology of complex fluids. Course content provides an introduction to rheology from basic classifications of non-Newtonian materials to how the material properties affect processing operations. Consideration is given to the influence of product rheology and the manufacturing process, quality control and how this influences performance and end-user perception. Rheological methods for the characterisation of non-Newtonian materials are reviewed and means by which the results of such tests can be used to describe and predict advanced aspects of transport processes involving non-Newtonian fluids are considered. Materials of interest range from simple inelastic time-independent fluids to more complex viscoelastic systems. Measurement techniques considered range from simple shear viscometers to advanced rheometrical techniques for the characterisation of evolving systems (those which are changing with time due to chemical or physical transformation) and further techniques for the measurement of the extensional viscosity of mobile elastic fluids are reviewed.
This module requires students to tackle a variety of problems often working as part of a team. The module is constructively aligned with fundamental content delivered in EG100 (Chemical Process Principles) and EGA114 (Chemical Engineering Science). The module also introduces more advanced theory related to material balances involving recycles and basic separation processes. Students are required to interrogate and apply taught concepts, analyse process engineering scenarios and synthesize a viable manufacturing solution. The main component within the module consists of a design project which forms the basis of a group report. The report shall address multiple aspects ranging from process flow diagrams, applied theory (material and energy balance calculations using spreadsheets), independent research of material properties and select unit operations.
This module aims to give Environmental Engineering students experience in handling a complex and integrated process design. This task will require, and so reinforce, the material taught throughout the whole undergraduate course. The module provides training and working in a team environment on a major project and incorporates business skills and sustainability.
This module aims to give students experience in handling a complex and integrated engineering process design. This task will require, and so reinforce, the material taught throughout the undergraduate course and an additional amount of material from directed private study. The module provides transferable skills related to for working in a team environment on a major project.
The dissertation study will generally be carried out on a research topic associated with, and supervised by, a member of staff from the Chemical Engineering Portfolio. Study for the dissertation, which may be based on practical, industrial, or literature work, or any combination of these, is carried out over a period of about 12 weeks, with the dissertation submitted at the end of September.