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Course unit
INP5071884, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0530, Degree course structure A.Y. 2012/13, A.Y. 2019/20
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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

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2012 course timetable

Prerequisites: Chemical reaction engineering, unit operations (heat exchange, distillation, absorption), process simulation.
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 assess the cost and profitability analysis for a new chemical process. Teamworking for project development.
Examination methods: Team project. 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 capability of i) analysing a production process and developing a process flowsheet in a critical way following a conceptual design approach, ii) assessing an investment profitability; iii) team working, iv) 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. Profitability analysis.
COMMUNICATION: 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, J.A. Shaeiwitz, D. Bhattacharyya, W.B. Whiting,, Analysis, synthesis, and design of chemical processes. --: Prentice Hall, 2018. Cerca nel catalogo
  • J.M. Douglas, Conceptual design of chemical processes. --: McGraw-Hill, 1988. Cerca nel catalogo
  • W.D. Seider, D.R. Lewin, J.D. Seader, S. Widagdo, R. Gani, K.M. Ng, Product and process design principles. --: Wiley, 2017. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Problem solving
  • Work-integrated learning
  • Peer assessment
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Kaltura (desktop video shooting, file loading on MyMedia Unipd)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Responsible Consumption and Production