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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.
Students are required to tackle a variety of engineering problems and to work within a team to deliver results. This module tests a variety of fundamental engineering skills, highlights the importance of basic project management skills and serves to provide experience of working in partnership with others. Projects are student-led with support and feedback provided throughout by the lecturer. The module deals with the formulation of both material and energy balances for operations which involve either recycle or by-pass systems, and is aligned with key concepts introduced in EG100 (Chemical Process Principles) and EGA114 (Chemical Engineering Science). The module also considers vapour-liquid equilibria with application to the design of distillation units. These concepts are then used to design a manufacturing process and students are encouraged to further assess both the environmental and the safety impacts of their chosen design. The team design project leads to the production of a design report which is the major assessed component within the module, however there are other smaller items of assessment. Students will be required to complete a review which provides assessment of the team and individual team member performances.
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 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 in the SPEC, CCFP or Cwater. 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.