Scheda insegnamento

Anno Accademico 2022/2023

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

In the course the students will develop design projects of equipment used in offshore processes. The project will be done by the student alone or in small groups, under the supervision of the instructor.


Skills required to access the course and to attend it with success:

The course addresses engineering design in the field of offshore engineering. Thus fundamental knowledge of mass and heat balances, thermodynamic equilibria of multi-phase and multi-component systems, transport phenomena, and fluid dynamics are required. Knoweldge of unit operations and principles of unit operation desing (in particular of absorption and distillation), is also required.

Fluent spoken and written English is a necessary pre-requisite: all lectures and tutorials, and all study material will be in English.

Course contents:

1) Introduction to basic design concept and documents

Conceptual and Basic Design in FEED context. Elements of a process plant: utilities, process equipment, storages.

2) Approach to basic design of process equipment

Process requirements and constraints for equipment sizing. Economic, environmental and safety constraints. Technical constraints: utilities and specific site constraints. General approach to sizing of equipment.

3) Design of process equipment

Procedures for the design of heat exchangers. Procedures for the design of condensers. Procedures for the design of evaporators, vaporizers and reboilers. Procedures for the design of tray and packed columns.

4) Case-studies

For each type of equipment for which design procedures are introduced, a case-study will be presented and the practical application of the design procedures to the case-study will be required. Assessment of costs and selection of best design option will also be addressed in a specific case-study.


J.M. Coulson, J.F. Richardson: "Chemical Engineering", Pergamon Press (vols. 1, 2 and 6)

D. Kern: "Process heat transfer", Mc Graw - Hill

R.H. Perry, D.W. Green: "Perry'S Chemical Engineer' Handobook", Mc Gaw-Hill

R.E. Treybal: "Mass transfer operations", Mc Graw - Hill

Metodi didattici

Tutorials, self-directed work, assignements.

Modalità di verifica e valutazione dell'apprendimento

The exam is divided in a written test and an oral examination. Written test will consist in the design of a process equipment among those presented during the course. Written test is passed when a grade higher than 16/30 is awarded.

Positive grades in written exams are awarded to students showing knowledge of design procedures, selecting correctly fluid properties and carrying out correctly the calculations.

In the oral exam design procedures and their theoretical basis will be discussed.

The exam is set to evaluate the students' knowledge-level, application abilities, and technical communication skills.

Higher grades will be awarded to students who demonstrate an organic understanding of the subject, a high ability for critical application, and a clear and concise presentation of their ideas.

To obtain a passing grade, students are required to know the key concepts of the subject, to demonstrate some ability for critical application, and a comprehensible use of technical language.

A failing grade will be awarded if the student has not completed the case-studies proposed during the lessons, shows knowledge gaps in key-concepts of the subject, inappropriate use of language, and/or logic failures in the analysis of the subject.

Strumenti a supporto della didattica

Course materials, tutorials, videos, etc. will be available on the interactive course website:

Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Giordano Emrys Scarponi