73487 - Industrial Chemistry And Chemical Processing Development M

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to provide the knowledges and the methodologies to study productive processes.and to select, on the basis of technical- economical and environmental considerations, the best between alternatives.The course will examine for some outstanding chemical processes the reasons that have caused the adopted solutions so that the designer, in other situation, can adopt the best alternative.

Course contents

Fluent spoken and written Italian is  necessary : all the lectures and tutorials will be in Italian.

Module 1 ( 3 credits )

Pre-requisites : base mathematics, knowledge of principal apparatuses of process industry.

Module contents :Mathematics of cost comparison. Capital cost estimation : Lang, Miller, Guthrie methods. Working capital estimation. Operating cost estimation. Evaluation of economic feasibility : ROI, pay back  time, Cash flow profiles , VAN, TIR, B/C, ORR. Inflation.Comparison of independent or mutually exclusive proposals.

Module 2 ( 3 credits )

Pre - requisites :Chemistry, chemical termodynamics and kinetics, unit operations.

Module contents : Syn - gas. Production of methanol. MTG,MTO, MTBE, Fischer - Tropsch process, Production of acetic acid. Hydroformilation processes. Steam crackin for the production of lower alkenes. Production of ethylbenzene, styrene,ethene and propene oxides, maleic anhydride, acetaldeyde. Production of TFA, DMT, PET; ACN


Teacher notes
J.A. Moulijan, M. Makkee, A. Van Diepen " Chemical Process Tecnology", Wiley
M.S. Peters, K.D. Timmerhaus " Plant Design and Economics for Chemical Engineers " McGraw-Hill

Teaching methods

In modulus 1, the different arguments will be explainedand and many examples will be performed to determine some parameters and indexes. The lessons are frontal.
In modulus 2 the previously quoted chemical processes will be explained showing the thermodinamical, operating, economical, environmental reasons that have caused the adopted solutions. The lessons are frontal.

Assessment methods

Achievment will be assessed by the mens of a final exam.

Modulus 1 :  The examination is a written session which consists of a test, duration about two hours, open books . The student must replay to questions on arguments treated during class lessons.
Modulus 2 :  The examination is an oral session on arguments treated during class lessons.

To obtain a passing grade, students are required to demonstrate a sufficient knowledge of the key concepts.Higher grades will be awarded to students who will demonstrate an organic understanding of the subject and will be able of a proper presentation .

Teaching tools

Slide and overhead projector, PC

Office hours

See the website of Carlo Stramigioli

See the website of Ernesto Salzano