CHE2167 - Process material selection - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Chemical Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Mark Banaszak Holl


Professor Raman Singh (Clayton)
Dr Lee Cherng Leing (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)








This unit introduces the basic concepts of materials properties and their selection for use in both the natural environment where they will be installed and the operating and process environment.

The underlying philosophy of this unit will be used to compare different material selection options. The unit will include a fundamental understanding of static stress loading. It will include material degradation processes which may limit material life such as corrosion, embrittlement processes and oxidation processes. Through open-ended problems students will develop technical knowledge and professional skills.


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

  1. Use appropriate representation (one-dimensional beam theory) of structures and diagrams (Mohr circle) to describe forces and stresses acting in a system and perform analysis of such structures in relation to chemical engineering design.
  2. Solve the forces on solid structures in chemical engineering design problems.
  3. Describe properties of materials and the link between the properties and uses for different applications.
  4. Apply stress-strain relationships to determine elasticity of materials.
  5. Explain corrosion mechanisms that can occur in common materials of construction and describe measures to mitigate corrosion.
  6. Select materials of construction that are fit for purpose in design problems based on appropriate failure theories for engineering materials.
  7. Have an appreciation for the role of a chemical engineer in the safe design of structures and their link with other disciplines in the engineering profession (e.g. mechanical and materials).


Continuous assessment: 50%

Examination (2 hours): 50%

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

2 hours of lectures, 2 hours of tutorial and 8 hours of private study. Students will also have two laboratory sessions during the entire semester, each of 3 hour duration.

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