Research Laboratory

Description

Introduces students to experimental aspects of a number of areas of Chemical Engineering. Both fundamental aspects, such as kinetics and reaction engineering, process control, heat and mass transfer and fluid flow as well as more applied topics will be covered. The course will not only serve to reinforce fundamental principles of chemical engineering, but also to the application of the technology. It will emphasise and help reinforce topics and principles introduced in lectures, and help students gain better ""hands-on"" experience in the laboratory and with practical work in general. In addition it will help develop report-writing skills and the ability to critique experimental data and techniques.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. To help develop an understanding of the fundamental principles underlying chemical engineering through practical experimentation

2. To understand issues related to experimental aspects of chemical engineering

3. To establish expertise relevant to the practice of engineering

4. To develop management skills related to planning, developing and report writing activities

5. To develop some understanding of the professional obligations related to the discipline of engineering, with a special emphasis of the development of safe working practices during laboratory exercises

Content

Students operate in small groups, but submit separate written reports, with each experiment taking between one and three weeks to complete. The report formats will be specified by the academic in charge. The following experiments are indicative of those that may be covered in this course.

  1. Packed and fluidised bed behaviour in a solid-liquid system
  2. Mass transfer from falling liquid drops
  3. An analysis of simple liquid mixing
  4. A study of binary distillation in a packed column
  5. Flotation kinetics of an ore
  6. Reaction kinetics in a tubular flow reactor
  7. Stirred tank power studies
  8. Water softening and ion exchange

Subject to the availability, other projects of longer duration can be undertaken by students.

Assumed Knowledge

CHEE2820. This course is offered in semesters 1 and 2. However, enrolment in the first semester offering is subject to the approval of the Program Convenor or Head of Discipline.

Assessment Items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Prelab Reports

Report: Lab Reports

Report: Lab Report

Presentation: Seminar

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - In order to complete this course students must participate in timetabled laboratory sessions. See Course Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Details of the assessment criteria for participation in the Laboratory Sessions will be given in the Course Outline and distributed via Blackboard. Alternative arrangements to be made on a case-by-case basis with the Course Coordinator.
  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction. See Course Objectives 2 and 5. Alternative arrangements to be made on a case-by-case basis with the Laboratory Manager.

Contact Hours

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term