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School of Engineering
Course unit
INP5071884, A.A. 2017/18

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0530, Degree course structure A.Y. 2012/13, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PROCESS DESIGN
Department of reference Department of Industrial Engineering
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge FABRIZIO BEZZO ING-IND/25

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ING-IND/25 Chemical Plants 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/09/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Target skills and knowledge: How to set up a flowsheet for a chemical process. How to develop and assess process alternatives. Understanding the input/output relation between reactions and process structure. How to synthesize and design a separation system. How to apply energy integration techniques in process design. How to apply economic principles to assess chemical processes. Teamworking for project development.
Examination methods: Written exam (40% of final marks) and team project (60%). The objective of the team project is the solution of a process design problem, the writing-up of a technical report, and the oral communication of the results.
Assessment criteria: Assessment on knowledge of lecture topics. Assessment on i) capability of analysing a production process and synthesizing a process flowsheet in a critical way, ii) team working, iii) oral presentation skills
Course unit contents: INTRODUCTION TO PROCESS DESIGN: Products in the chemical industry: commodities, fine chemicals, specialty chemicals. Process analysis, synthesis and design. Hierarchical flowsheet decomposition. Interaction between product and process design.
HIERARCHICAL APPROACH TO PROCESS DESIGN: Input data. Production operation: batch vs. continuous. Inputs/outputs structure. Reactor design and recycle structure. Separation system structure. Energy integration (pinch analysis). Rules of thumb for discriminating alternative design configurations. Process simulation for process design.
ECONOMICAL ASSESSMENT OF CHEMICAL PROCESSES: Estimation of capital costs. Estimation of manufacturing costs. Time value of money. Profitability analysis.
DESIGN REPORTS: Oral and written communication of design results.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures, numerical exercises and hands-on exercises on commercial software.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • G. Towler, R. Sinnott, Chemical engineering design. Principles, practice and economics of plant and process design.. --: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo
  • R. Turton, R.C. Bailie, W.B. Whiting, J.A. Shaeiwitz, D. Bhattacharyya, Analysis, synthesis, and design of chemical processes. --: Prentice Hall, 2013.
  • J.M. Douglas, Conceptual design of chemical processes. --: McGraw-Hill, 1988. Cerca nel catalogo
  • W.D. Seider, J.D. Seader, D.R. Lewin, S. Widagdo, Product and process design principles. --: Wiley, 2009.