Reactor Engineering

University of Melbourne

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Reactor Engineering

  • Host University

    University of Melbourne

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Chemical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Students must have completed:

    MAST10009 Accelerated Mathematics 2


    MAST10006 Calculus 2

    And ONE OF:

    CHEN20010 Material and Energy Balances
    CHEN20008 Chemical Process Analysis 2



    CHEM20018 Chemistry: Reactions and Synthesis

    CHEM20018 Reactions and Synthesis may also be taken concurrently

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This subject introduces students to aspects of reactor system design. Chemical reactors are at the heart of any major chemical process design. Chemical reaction engineering is concerned with the exploitation of chemical reactions on a commercial scale. Chemical reaction engineering aims at studying and optimizing chemical reactions in order to define the best reactor design. Hence, the interactions of flow phenomena, mass transfer, heat transfer, and reaction kinetics are of prime importance in order to relate reactor performance to feed composition and operating conditions.
    This subject is one of the key parts of the chemical and biochemical engineering curriculum upon which a lot of later year material is built.
    Kinetics of homogeneous reactions
    Design of single ideal reactors
    Multiple reactor systems
    Other design reactors (recycle reactors and temperature effects)
    Basics of non-ideal flow
    Models for reactors
    Mixed flow in model reactors.
    On completion of this subject the student is expected to:
    Interpret data from both ideal and non-ideal batch, plug flow and mixed flow reactors
    Model more complex flowing reactor systems using combinations of idealized plug flow and continuously stirred tank ranks
    Design simple reactor systems
    Predict simple temperature profiles in reacting systems.
    A two-hour written test (15%), held mid-semester (on or around week 6). Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1 to 4 are addressed in this test
    Two lab reports (15%); no more than 10 pages per report (not including title page, nomenclature, and appendices). An overall time commitment of 15-20 hours. ILOs 1 to 4 are addressed in the laboratory assignments. One in the first-half of semester and the second in the second-half of semester
    Three-hour end of semester examination (70%). The examination paper will consist of problems designed to test whether the student has acquired the ability to apply fundamental principles to the solutions of problems involving chemical reactors. The problems set for the exam will be similar to those undertaken in the tutorial class. ILOs 1 to 4 are addressed in the examination.
    Hurdle requirement: A mark of 40% or more in the end-of-semester examination is required to pass the subject.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.