This two semester module (part A in Semester 1, Part B in semester 2) introduces the methodologies for the synthesis of a new process and discusses the factors governing process selection.
Process Integration and Unit Operations Part A first introduces problem-solving approaches reflecting current trends in process integration (efficient material and energy usage and emissions reduction). Pinch technology is introduced and used to develop heat exchanger networks, with software demonstrations.
The following topics concern equilibrium stagewise process design, and starting with the unit operations of absorption, distillation and liquid-liquid extraction, students will be introduced to the concepts of stage to stage calculations and diagrammatic problem solving techniques. They are also introduced to novel processing routes, including a case study on supercritical fluids. Year 1 Chemical and Biochemical Processes is a prerequisite module, because that is where the concept that a process is an integrated whole and not just an assembly of unit operations has been introduced.
In Process Integration and Unit Operations Part B, the interactions and interdependency between different process units are further developed via case studies. The module builds on these principles by introducing a the core set of unit operations (including multicomponent distillation, crystallization, and membrane separations) with particular emphasis on the selection of the appropriate methods to meet process requirements.
Material from this module is used in exercises in the Computing for Design module which is taught in Year 2 Semester 1
Lectures, problem-solving classes, laboratory, industrial visit