CHE4170 - Design project - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Chemical Engineering


Assoc Professor Andrew Hoadley (Clayton)

Mr C M Balaram K P Nair (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


Students work in teams on the design and evaluation of a process plant for a specified duty. This is a capstone design unit drawing together the skills and knowledge previously developed in the areas of detailed design of chemical equipment and processes, process safety, mechanical integrity, equipment selection, process operability (including piping and instrumentation), environmental impact and economic evaluation.


At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Appraise a design brief for a conceptual design study for a specific chemical product, feedstock and location and deliberate on the most appropriate technology for this brief.
  2. Synthesise a chemical process which reflects on efficiency, values inherent safety and mitigates environmental impacts, and demonstrates conservation of mass and energy.
  3. Design a specific area of the plant at a "detailed design level", by generating specification sheets of equipment and a detailed process design of a specific equipment item including detailed engineering drawings.
  4. Generate Piping & Instrumentation Diagrams for a specific design area and reflect on these drawings by assessing the safety of the process individually and as a part of a HAZOP team.
  5. Generate a plant layout that mitigates any risks associated with the process that has been designed and assesses the environmental impacts of the process at the plant level and over the whole product life cycle.
  6. Generate capital and operating cost estimates, and assess the financial viability of the project, and determine the sensitivity to various engineering and commercial factors, and appraise the project viability.
  7. Plan and prioritise the steps required in a conceptual design and monitor the performance of individuals and the team against these plans.
  8. Generate three major written design reports and justify the preparatory work for these reports through three individual interviews.


Presentations/Interviews 20% + Report: 80%

Workload requirements

Two practice classes of 3 hours each week and 18 hours of private study.

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