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CL3030 - Reactor Design

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Overview of stoichiometry and reaction kinetics; determination of rate law and order of reaction from stoichiometry and rate data; simultaneous mass and energy balances for the design of ideal reactors (batch, semi-batch, well-mixed and plug flow) for single and multiple reactions and reactors (including recycle and bypass arrangements), constant and variable density and temperature conditions, consideration of adiabatic/non-adiabatic and pressure effects, with consideration of catalytic solid-fluid reactions involving diffusion and reaction in porous catalysts; comparison of ideal and real reactors with residence time distribution investigations; modelling and optimisation of industrially significant reactions and reactors; troubleshooting operational reactors; chemical reactor control system design

Learning Outcomes

  • define and explain key concepts that underpin chemical reactor modelling and design for both ideal and industrial settings;
  • apply kinetic and mixing relations within a mass and energy balance framework to estimate reactor parameters;
  • analyse reactor performance using methods and tools and generate metrics that enable design decisions to be made;
  • develop knowledge and comprehension of optimisation methods and apply them to reactor engineering.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (25%) - Individual
  • Oral 7.5% Performance 7.5% - (15%) - Group
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (10%) - Group & Individual.
Prerequisites: CL2501 AND MA2000


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Madoc Sheehan
Lecturers: Mr Leynard Natividad Marin, Dr Liyuan Fan.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours lectures
  • 26 hours tutorials
  • 3 hours specialised
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.