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ES2E4 - Reaction Engineering Principles

  • Module code: ES2E4
  • Module name: Reaction Engineering Principles
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

• Introduce concepts in chemical reaction engineering in view of application to chemical process technology. • Develop a firm understanding of the principles of stoichiometric (mass balance), chemical thermodynamics and kinetic (rate expressions) considerations as prerequisite for mathematical description of chemical conversion and process integrated reactor design. • This module also equips students with the fundamental skills required to perform a 3rd year individual project in the field of chemical engineering.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to... • confidently identify appropriate rate expressions in chemical kinetics based on stoichiometry and reaction network type. • perform a quantitative description of adsorption and desorption processes • compare and contrast the concepts of micro and macro kinetics. • recognize the impact of the residence time distribution on reactor performance and choose appropriate models for given real-life reactor problems. • specify the system of differential equations allowing the mathematical description of a reaction network. • have a strategic vision on constraints in chemical reactor design. • evaluate simplifications in models applied for reactor layout (design) which may cause imperfections in predictions.

Timetabled teaching activities

30 x 1 hour lectures 2 x 1 hour Example classes 1 x 1 hour Revision class 1 x 1 hour Multiple choice test 1 x 1 hour Laboratory briefing seminar 1 x 4 hour Laboratory experiment Total: 39 hours

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Other essential notes

This module is prerequisite for students seeking to carry out 3rd year projects in the field of reaction and materials engineering Advice and feedback hours are available for answering questions on the lecture material (theory and examples).

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES2E4-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) Laboratory assignment report 10%
  Multiple choice test 10%
  3 hour examination (Summer) 80%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • BSc Engineering (H112) - Year 2
  • BEng Engineering (H113) - Year 2
  • MEng Engineering (H114) - Year 2
  • BEng Mechanical Engineering (H315) - Year 2
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H316) - Year 2