Faculties and centres
Compulsory course taught in the 7th semester of the Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. It is highly recommended that students pass the following courses before enrolling in this course:
- Mathematical methods for chemical engineering.
- Chemical reactor design.
- Design of equipment for separation operations.
- Design of equipment for heat transfer in chemical processes.
- Control and chemical process safety.
This subject is taught in the last year of the Chemical Engineering degree, so it is assumed that students have acquired the skills to handle numerical calculation software with ease, and that they have a good command of English. In both aspects, we will strive to make progress.
Specific Competences (CE)
Basic Competences and Competences included under the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education (MECES)
UA Basic Transversal Competences
Regulated Professional Competences
It is intended that students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for the design of chemical process plant. This implies that the student is able to integrate the process design and simulation with the optimization techniques to achieve the best flow diagram of a process plant.
Specifically, by the end of the course the students should be able to manage one of the state-of-the art professional process simulators, Aspen-Hysys, being aware of the underlying working principles of the modular process simulators, which are vital for tackling the common barriers for a effective simulation.
After completing this course, students will be also able to develop the conceptual design of a chemical process including the case study heat exchanger network (using Matlab).
The third objective of the course is to provide students the basic tools for optimizing complex process systems engineering problems. After meeting this third objective, the students should be able to model and solve problems involving discrete decisions by using GAMS software, which is a general algebraic modelling system.