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This module covers the fundamental operating principles behind the various types of measuring instruments, pumps and valves in common use in the processing industries, and the criteria for correctly selecting and specifying them. Concepts of process control in terms of architecture and control modes are covered from a mainly qualitative point of view as well as analogue and digital signal types.
This module supports and amplifies lectures by providing practical experience of process equipment, its operation and performance. The Unit Operations Laboratory (UOL) experiments are carried out in pairs. The module involves a range of activities to enhance team work, report writing and time management skills, as well as developing further the understanding of subjects covered in taught modules.
Newly employed graduate process engineers need to be able to perform a wide range of fundamental process engineering calculations. The module will focus on aspects of process engineering design for the majority of equipment but will provide examples of detailed design and mechanical design in some cases. In all cases, industrial standards, best practice and safety will be at the heart of the design process to ensure the finalised designs will be reliable and robust, economically viable, safe and sustainable. The module will include topics such as pump selection, pressure relief calculations, line sizing, utilities, equipment specification including PFRs and stirred tanks in both batch and continuous operation. Heterogeneous systems, in particular, the inter-phase mass transfer of nearly insoluble gases. Heat transfer through jackets, coils, electrical heaters and direct steam injection. Sterilisation of gases. The module also builds upon topics covered in EG-206 (Instrumentation, Measurement and Control) to further develop students understanding of process automation with specific emphasis on the quantitative aspects of control.
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 working in a team environment on a major project.