Computing for Design

Department of Chemical Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences


Code 17127

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 10

Semester 1

Pre-requisite modules 04 17126 Process Integration and Unit Operations

Module description

The module develops students' skills in using MATLAB and Excel, and introduces students to other advanced computer-based design tools such as SIMSCI PRO/II. It is intended that students will use these tools in concurrent and subsequent modules, particularly the modules Product Design Exercise (Year 2) and the Design Project (Level M; Year 3 or 4). It is presumed that the students are familiar with MATLAB and Excel from Year 1 CH1MCT Modelling Concepts and Tools, if not earlier experiences. The demonstration of these design tools requires production of an outline process engineering design of an unit operation which is covered in Process Integration and Unit Operations A module (which starts in the same semester), as a vehicle on which to practise the work. Ideally, students wishing to undertake a Design Project in Year 3 or 4 would have taken this module, but it is not a prerequisite, as it is not available to Major/Minor students.

Teaching and learning methods

Short introductory lectures. Mainly computer-based learning with example designs being used to practise the tools.