Product design is one of the new frontiers of chemical and biomolecular engineering. Many products emerge from their processing not as a continuous stream, but as discrete entities. There are many examples of discrete systems in chemical and biomolecular engineering; these include particulate systems (e. g. powders or solid particles in fluids), as well as polymeric and biological systems (e. g. emulsions and cells, respectively). This unit of study is an introduction to the basic concepts in discrete systems necessary for a chemical engineer to be able to formulate and design discrete products with desired properties. In essence it is a course on product formulation and design. The unit of study will provide students with a working knowledge of the types of discrete systems available, the ways in which particulate systems can be characterized and their applications in industry. These aspects will form the foundation for an introduction to the common techniques used to model discrete systems. By the end of the unit of study students should be proficient at understanding the types of discrete systems available, and the techniques used to characterise particulate systems, understanding the basic principles of particle-fluid systems, applying these principles and solving simple problems in product design and particulate engineering.
Lectures, Tutorials, Project Work - own time
Through semester assessment (55%) and Final Exam (45%)
Enrolment in this unit of study assumes that all core chemical engineering units in second year have been successfully completed.
CHNG2801; CHNG2802; CHNG2803; CHNG2804; CHNG2805; CHNG2806Co-requisites