MEng Chemical Engineering with Energy and Environment

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Chemical Engineering Design Project

Course unit fact file
Unit code CHEN10122
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


Material and Energy balances for an entire process flowsheet

Reactor design

Detailed heat exchanger design

Sizing of pumps and compressors




Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Process Fluid Flow CHEN10031 Pre-Requisite Recommended
Process Engineering Fundamentals CHEN10041 Pre-Requisite Recommended
Process Heat Transfer CHEN10092 Pre-Requisite Recommended


The unit aims to:

To demonstrate the application of material and energy balances to a complete chemical process.  To integrate material from first year courses on fluid flow, heat transfer, chemical kinetics and thermodynamics. To provide an introduction to equipment design.


Learning outcomes

ILO 1.Identify principal successive steps required in the commencement of a process design

ILO 2.Explain how the principles of mass and energy balance, fluid flow, heat transfer, thermodynamics, chemical reactors and physical separations are interrelated and combined both in the design of specific pieces of equipment and in a composite plant.

ILO 3.Interact and communicate with his/her peer group when tackling common engineering tasks.

ILO 4.Manage his/her allotted time to meet task deadlines

ILO 5.Demonstrate a capacity for independent critical thinking.

Teaching and learning methods

Briefing sessions followed by problem based learning.  Coursework to be completed during allocated time.


Assessment methods


Assessment task


Weighting within unit (if relevant)

Continuous assessment




Feedback methods

Assessment task

How and when feedback is provided

Design Project Coursework


Ongoing specific feedback throughout the design project


Generic course feedback after exam board


Recommended reading

1) Chemical Process  Design and Integration, 2nd Edition, Robin Smith, Wiley (2016) ISBN 978-1119990130

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 24
Independent study hours
Independent study 76

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Bernard Treves Brown Unit coordinator
Nan Zhang Unit coordinator

Additional notes


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