Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Chemical Engineering
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Malaysia Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Akshat Tanksale (Clayton); Dr Bahman Horri (Malaysia)


This unit will introduce students to the fundamentals of material and energy balances through a systematic treatment of: single and multiple unit operations, reactive and non-reactive processes, recycle and by-pass, extent of reactions, equations of state, vapour-liquid phase equilibrium, solid-liquid phase equilibrium, internal energy and enthalpy changes for process fluids undergoing specified changes in temperature, pressure, phase, reactions and chemical compositions and computer aided simulation of process flow diagrams. The HYSYS process simulation software will be used to aid in the solution of more complex systems.


At the conclusion of the unit, students should be able to:

  1. Apply the basic concepts of conservation of mass and energy, including phase equilibrium, reaction equilibrium and non-ideal gas behaviour to mass and energy balances
  2. Understand the concepts of unit operations and how they are combined to represent a chemical process
  3. Interpret physical property charts to understand phase equilibrium
  4. Analyse the mass and energy balances of any chemical process, for both steady and unsteady state situations
  5. Analyse the performance of refrigeration and heat pump cycles using tables and/or P-h diagrams
  6. Simulate processes using HYSYS to analyse the mass and energy balance of complex chemical processes
  7. Interpret experimental measurements of mass, energy and chemical composition
  8. Communicate effectively in technical reports


Laboratory/Assignments/Test: 40%
Examination (3 hours): 60%
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

3 hours of lectures, 2 hours of practice sessions and 6 hours of private study per week plus 2 hours of computer labs each fortnight and one 4-hour lab during semester.

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Chief examiner(s)


CHE2113, CHE2140