Courses Catalogue

Reactor Design

COURSE CODE: 3124
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Industrial Chemistry, Bachelor
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description


This course is concerned with the design (sizing) of the various types of chemical reactors that are commonly used in chemical processing.  The numerous model or design equations for the different reactors together with the various restrictions and conditions under which each equation applies are put together to size a reactor in order to achieve a production goal.  The main focus is on reactors that are operated isothermally and adiabatically as well as non-isothermally and non-adiabatically.  Catalysis, the occurrence and use of catalysts, in reactions, is described and its contribution towards increasing product yield and selectivity from reactors is highlighted.

Course Objectives

This course is intended:

  • To give students interesting background in the sizing of different reactors for both homogenous and non-homogenous reactions.
  • To enable students acquire skills an technique for modelling different reactors.
  • To introduce to students the concept of scale-up of laboratory experiments to full scale production..
  • To enable students acquire practical skills in solving reactor design problems.