SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code MHH824924
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module provides the students to acquire hands on experience on various chemical reactors, distillation, drying, and extraction equipments. A basic practical training in chemical reaction engineering and Mass transfer to provide an opportunity to underpin their understanding of the theoretical aspects of the module. This module also aims to impart the student with basic principles and characterization of the chemical reactions, design and behavior of reactors under various operating conditions applicable to simple reaction systems.


Fundamentals of kinetics and reaction Engineering, constant volume batch reactor, ideal mixed flow reactor. Sequence of reactors. Reactors in parallel and Series. Vapor-liquid equilibria and the ideal stage principle. Distillation and extraction. Principle of steam distillation, drying.Wetted wall column.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able:1. Demonstrate the application of batch, continuous and sequence of reactors to obtain rate law data. (AM1/AM4)2. Calculate the reaction rate constant for saponification reactions. (AM1/AM4)3. Determine the liquid phase mass transfer coefficient in a wetted wall column. (AM1/AM4)4. Estimate the drying time for a given material. (AM1/AM4)5. Verify the principle of immiscible liquid mixture using steam distillation and finding the efficiencies. (AM1/AM4)6. Estimate the number of theoretical plate equivalent to packed column height (HETP) using Fenske Underwood equation and McCabe Thiele methods. (AM1/AM4)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The purpose of this lab is to introduce the undergraduate students with the most important chemical reactions , reactors, and separation equipments used in the process Industry. And also to provide hands-on training of the proper operation of these units.This helps in not only understanding the fundamentals of the subject but also helps to visualize its real- time applications in the process industry .

Indicative Reading

Robert. E.(1981), Treybal Mass transfer operations, 3rd ed : New york; McGraw-Hill Book Company . Geankoplis, C.J.(1997) Transport processes and unit operations, 3rd ed : New Delhi Prentice-Hall of India. McCabe, W.L., Smith, J.C., and Harriot, P. Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering, V ed: New york, McGraw-Hill Book Company. Sherwood,T.K., Pigford, R.L. and Wilke C.R., Mass Transfer , McGraw Hill Welty, J.R., Wicks, C.E Wilson, R.E. and G. Rorrer(1984), Fundamentals of Momentum , Heat, and Mass Transfer, 3rd edition : John Wiley and Sons. Perry C.R. X and Green D., Eds., Perry's Chemical Engineering Handbook, Sixth Edition: McGraw-Hill Inc., New York. Levenspiel O. (1999), Chemical Reaction Engineering, 3 rd Ed: Wiley Schmidt, L.D. (2005) , The Engineering of Chemical Reactions, 2 nd Ed : Oxford Press Fogler, H.S. (2001) Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering. 3rd Edition: Prentice Hall. Froment, G.F. and K.B. Bischoff(1990), Chemical Reactor Analysis and Design, 2nd Ed: Wiley Smith, J.M. (1981), Chemical Engineering Kinetics, 2nd Ed: McGraw-Hill.

Transferrable Skills

Critical thinking and problem solving, Numeracy skills; Independent working; Knowledge and understanding in the context of subject Cognitive/Intellectual skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 28.00
Assessment (FT) 8.00
Independent Learning (FT) 64.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) 1.50 25.00 n/a Midterm Test Lab Test 25% (Unseen written - 1 ½ Hours)
Exam (School) 1.50 25.00 n/a End term Test 25% (Unseen written - 1 ½ Hours)
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 n/a Skill card+ Viva voce +Lab report : 50%