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Process Equipment Design (CHEN90012)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeCHEN90012
Semester 1
Semester 2
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Application to the design of chemical equipment. Design of fluid storage and transfer equipment; pressure and non-pressure vessels, pumps and compressors, nozzles, piping, valves. Design of other operational units commonly used in chemical plants; heat exchangers, solid handling devices, fluid processing units. Hydraulic aspects of plate distillation column, packed columns, fluidised beds. Safety and integrity of equipment; safe working stress. Design standards and codes of practice. Flow sheets, plant layout; equipment, piping and site layouts.


To be able to conduct technical design of process equipment such as: pressure vessels, non-pressure vessels, compressors, heat exchangers, plate distillation columns, packed absorption columns, fluidised beds. To be able to design and layout pipelines. To be able to select valves and pumps. To be familiar with general concepts of process equipment design so that other process equipment, not covered in this subject, can be designed. To be able to design equipment safely. To be able to design equipment in compliance with regulations and standards. To be able to design equipment in an economically efficient manner. To be able to produce equipment specification sheets and equipment drawings. To be able to develop and draw process flow sheets and plant layouts.

This subject has been integrated with the Skills Towards Employment Program (STEP) and contains activities that can assist in the completion of the Engineering Practice Hurdle (EPH).

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Display an understanding of the principles of process equipment design, the mechanical aspects of the design and operation of process equipment, including safety considerations
  2. Students will have completed detailed designs of several unit operations
  3. Students should be able to develop process flow sheets and lay out of equipment and pipelines in chemical process plants

Generic skills

  • Capacity for independent thought
  • Awareness of advanced technologies in the discipline
  • Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance.

Last updated: 30 July 2019