Module Title - Bioreaction Engineering
Number of credits – 10
This module deals with the engineering science of bioreactor design; of the development of design tools which can be used to select and size equipment to carry out specific bioreaction tasks. This will involve lectures on:
- classification and configuration of bioreactors.
- the basic kinetic models for biological growth which can be used in bioreaction modelling.
- combination of those equations with engineering models for bioreactors to create models for bioreaction systems.
- understanding non-ideal flow effects.
- understanding the effects of mixing and shear in bioreaction systems and how these can affect system behaviour.
- suitable instrumentation and control strategies.
By the end of the module you will be able to:
- Understand enzyme nature and behaviour, and enzyme kinetics.
- Describe the types of bioreactors available, classify them and compare candidate designs.
- Understand and manipulate the equations which are used to describe cell growth in bioreactors and the limitations of these equations.
- Develop mathematical models for ideal bioreactor systems which can be used as the basis of design strategies.
- Understand the limitations of bioreactor models, including the effects of non-ideal and their representation by RTD models, and how shear in bioreactor can damage productivity.
- Describe the ways in which bioreactor control systems are constructed and used in both quantitative and simple mathematical approaches.
Teaching and assessment:
- Semester 1.
- Approximately 20 hours contact time.
- 100% written exam (January).
- Reassessment: 100% exam (August).