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Module

CME3032 : Process Design & Economics

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sharon Velasquez Orta
  • Lecturer: Dr Richard Law, Dr Mark Willis
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 8.0

Aims

To understand the need for thorough planning and work monitoring when executing complex tasks, and to have students actively plan and monitor their own design projects.
To understand methods of plant costing and process economics and use the techniques for equipment and process selection.
To understand design as a process.
To understand the need for data protection and IP strategy in an industrial context
To further develop skills in computer aided process design.
To develop an understanding of the principles of standard optimisation techniques. To understand where the techniques can be beneficially applied within the context of process design and operation.

The module covers aspects of process design methodology including design processes and decision support. Design optimisation lectures are supported by a practical exercise utilising a process flow sheet simulator. Tools for economic evaluation of projects are introduced, together with the elements of project management. Lectures by visiting industrialist will cover methods for data management and protection in industry.

Outline Of Syllabus

Revision session on the use of HYSYS process flow sheet software. Development of process flow diagrams, selection of process steps. Computer aided optimisation of process flow sheets.

Introduction to a range of basic decision making methods from a theoretical as well as practical point of view. Use of software tools to enable practice and exploration of the methods.

Methods for assessing the economics of proposed designs, involving cost and time estimation, leading to financial appraisal.

Introduction to project planning and project management.

Introduction to business intelligence, data protection, IP strategy of a business

Unconstrained multivariable optimisation (gradient based techniques, gradient free), Constrained optimisation (Lagrange multipliers, penalty functions etc.), Linear Programming, Application areas (e.g. Optimisation of Reactors, Distillation trains, Predictive Control). Basic scheduling methods.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion20:301:00S1 - Summative online tests.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00S2 - Optimisation
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials22:004:00Activity Learning” each with a basic worked example and formative quizzes for process economics.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials101:0010:00S1 - Non-synchronised online sessions: Decision Making Management Flow sheeting Process Economic
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:002:00S1: Synchronous online sessions: Decision making Process Economics
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Preparation of assignment in semester 2.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00S1 - Synchronous online session: Introduction to module during induction week
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion18:008:00Revision for on-line tests in semester 1.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical93:0027:00S2 - Optimisation software practice
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities32:006:00Ad-hoc help sessions for students to support the flow sheeting and modelling of their design units.
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion11:001:00S1 - Tutorial for process economics
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study154:0054:00Review taught material
Total150:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students are introduced to techniques for planning, managing and estimating the cost of complex projects. Design as a process is also discussed and the acquired knowledge is then applied in an assessed assignment. Knowledge and skills are also transferred as a practical set of tools for undertaking the major Stage 3 Plant Design project (CME3039).

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.
Student’s should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M50Optimisation assignment (1000 words)
Computer assessment1M25Summative online test - process economics - 30 minutes
Computer assessment1M25Summative online test - process economics - 30 minutes
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The formative online test assesses knowledge acquired and also problem solving in a timed environment.
The assignment provides an opportunity to put acquired knowledge into practice.

Reading Lists

Timetable