Energy and Fluid Systems Practice (CHNG2803)


CHNG2803 is a practically and theoretically-based course, where students will be introduced to types of problems that the modern chemical engineer may be asked to solve. The material is contemporary in nature, and the projects link with the key concepts taught in CHNG2801and CHNG2802 and across the curriculum.
The objectives in this unit are to provide an interesting, enjoyable, and challenging introduction to fundamental aspects of chemical engineering, particularly conservation and transport processes involving fluids and energy, as well as to the application of mathematical techniques in typical engineering problems.
In this course there is one overall project. The overall goal of the project work throughout this semester is to build a small cooling tower. This cooling tower may be used to cool water from processes that make the water hot, to humidify air that is cold and dry (as in a Sydney winter) or to dehumidify warm wet air (as in a Sydney summer).
The overall project will be split into two sub-projects
i. Fluid mechanics: 4 weeks
ii. Heat and mass transfer: 8 weeks
The project in CHNG2803 addresses transport processes, including the movement of momentum (fluid mechanics), thermal energy (heat transfer) and components with mass. The projects are underpinned by a critical and constructive analysis and best practice in learning and teaching. In addition to the basic knowledge and skills required to pass this unit, the development of an understanding sufficient to enable you to tackle new and unfamiliar problems will be emphasized. You will learn to work in largely unsupervised groups and to be responsible for managing your individual and group performance.
Completion of this unit of study is a minimum requirement of your undergraduate degree program.

Further unit of study information


Project Work - in class 6 hrs/week; Project Work - own time 6 hrs/week.


Through semester assessment (50%) Final Exam (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Ability to conduct mass and energy balances, and the integration of these concepts to solve real chemical engineering problems. Ability to understand basic principles of physical chemistry, physics and mechanics. Ability to use mathematics of calculus (including vector calculus) and linear algebra, and carry out computations with MATLAB and MS EXCEL. Ability to read widely outside of the technical literature, and to synthesise arguments based on such literature. Ability to write coherent reports and essays based on qualitative and quantitative information., (MATH1001 OR MATH1901) AND (MATH1002 OR MATH1902) AND (MATH1003 OR MATH1903) AND (MATH1005 OR MATH1015 OR MATH1905) AND ENGG1801 AND CHNG1103 AND (CHEM1101 OR CHEM1901) AND (CHEM1102 OR CHEM1902)



Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.