Engineering 4432
Chemical Plant Design

Instructor: Dr. L.J.J. Catalan
Office: CB4082B
Phone: 343-8573
Email: lionel.catalan@lakeheadu.ca

Lecture/Tutorial Hours: Mon. and Wed.: 11:30-1:00pm; Wed: 4-5:00pm
Course URL: This course has a site on the AD server (K:\ eng4432). Ensure that you have
access to it. You must check the site at least on a weekly basis for course updates.
Textbook: Seider, W.D., Seader, J.D., Lewin, D.R., Widagdo, S., “Product and Process
Design Principles”, 3
Edition, Wiley, 2009.
Topics Discussed:
1. Overview of the Design Process
2. Process Creation (Chapter 4)
3. Process Heuristics (Chapter 6)
4. Plant Location and Layout
5. Environmental Considerations
6. Property Prediction Methods
7. Mass and Energy Balances with Unisim (Chapter 5)
8. Separation Tower Design (Chapter 19)
9. Design of Azeotropic Separations (Chapter 8)
10. Heat Exchanger Design (Chapter 18)
11. Reactor Design (Chapter 7)
12. Design of Pumps, Compressors and Expanders (Chapter 20)
13. Teamwork and Reporting for the Plant Design Project

Numerical grades will be assigned as follows:
Pop quizzes: 22.5%
Midterm Exam: 22.5%
Final Exam: 45%
Assignments: 10% of the overall course mark if the combined average of written exams
(midterm exam, final exam, and quizzes) is at least 55%. If the combined average of written exams
is less than 55%, then the assignments will be discounted from the final mark.

- Academic dishonesty in assignments and laboratory reports (e.g., copying or lending your work for
copying by others) will result in a penalty of -10% on the total course grade for each offense.
- Evidence of academic dishonesty in examinations and quizzes will be prosecuted according to the
Code of Student Behaviour and Disciplinary Procedures (https://www.lakeheadu.ca/faculty-and-

- Short unannounced quizzes (up to 20 min) will be held during lecture and/or lab times. Any
unattended quiz will be given an automatic grade of zero. The grade obtained on your worst quiz will
be ignored in the calculation of your overall grade. There is substantial scientific evidence
demonstrating the benefits of unannounced quizzes on student performance (e.g.,

Student Learner Outcomes:

ENGI4432:1 Prepare process flowsheets involving reactions, separations, and T-P change operations to
achieve desired products given thermophysical property data.
ENGI4432:2 Execute material and energy balances on process flowsheets using process simulation
ENGI4432:3 Use appropriate methods, including process simulation software, to design separation
ENGI4432:4 Use appropriate methods, including process simulation software, to design heat
ENGI4432:5 Use appropriate methods, including process simulation software, to design chemical
ENGI4432:6 Use appropriate methods, including process simulation software, to design pumps,
compressors, and expanders.
ENGI4432:7 Use appropriate methods to estimate the cost of pressure vessels, separation towers, heat
exchangers, reactors, pumps and compressors.
ENGI4432:8 Use chemical engineering principles and process simulation software to analyze
relationships between process variables, optimize process conditions, and adapt to changes in process
ENGI4432:9 Prepare plant layouts accounting for safety, operation and maintenance considerations.
ENGI4432:10 Apply the principles of waste minimization and select appropriate effluent treatment
ENGI4432:11 Use print and electronic library resources to access information for designing chemical
ENGI4432:12 Discuss effective teamwork strategies for plant design
ENGI4432:13 Describe the reporting requirements for plant design projects.
ENGI4432:14 Demonstrate professionalism by submitting assignments in a timely manner.

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful