Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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0 points, SCA Band 2, 0.000 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Chemical Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Andrew Hoadley


This unit is available only to Engineering PhD students.


The unit will cover the purpose and methods of modelling chemical and biochemical processes. This includes the development of constitutive relations, model building, evaluation and sensitivity analysis.

Numerical techniques will include the solution of systems of linear, non-linear and algebraic equations. The basic principles of optimisation including the types of variables and functionality and linear and non-linear models, constraints and objective functions will be covered. Various optimisation algorithms for linear and non-linear problems, branch and bound methods for integer problems will be presented in the context of chemical process design.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • analyse an optimisation problem related to the process industry to determine what type of solution is possible and find the optimal solution.
  • analyse an optimisation problem for a local or global extrema and test the modality of this solution.
  • synthesise flow-sheet simulations using the Aspen or Hysys packages, which will include non-continuous and non-linear functions, and optimise for one and two objective functions simultaneously.


Continuous assessment: 40%
Final examination (3 hours): 60%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component 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 lectures, 3 hours tutorial and 6 hours of private study per week.

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