Courses Catalogue

Chemical Reaction Engineering

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Industrial Chemistry, Bachelor
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline

Introduction to Chemical Kinetics and Chemical Reaction Engineering

  •  An explanation of what the course is all about, the distinction between conventional Reaction Kinetics and Reaction Engineering.
  •   Knowledge and information for the course.
  •    Reaction rates, chemical identity of species (and loss by different methods), mechanism of reaction, order of reaction and molecularity.
  •     Classification of reactions based on phases.

     Applications of chemical equilibrium in chemical reactor analysis.

  •   Introduce the concepts of elementary and non-elementary reactions.
  •   Reaction stoichiometry.
  • Law of Mass Action.
  • The link between kinetics and thermodynamics.

   The general mole balance equation and its application to different reactors

  •    Derivation of the equation
  •    Introduction to chemical reactors, conversion in reactor and reactor arrangement.
  •    Relative rates of reaction
  •   Mole balances for different reactors.

     Rate Laws and Stoichiometry  

  •   Power Law model for rate laws.
  •  Stoichiometric tables for different reactors and reacting systems.
  • Chemical Reaction Engineering (CRE) algorithm.
  • Typical examples of problem solution using algorithm.

 Collection and Analysis of reaction rate data

  •     Reactors for kinetic experiments
  •   Methods of collecting and analysing reaction rate data (integral, differential, initial rates, half-life and least squares analysis).

       Introduction to reactor design

  •   Concept of reactor design, design parameters.
  •  Design for different reactors.
  •    Multiple reactor systems.

Mode of Delivery:

 Lectures, assignments and tests.