Module Title:Brewery and Distillery Engineering
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Module will be delivered through lectures, tutorials, and practical sessions.
Module Aim: To give the students an understanding of the physical principles underlying brewing and distilling with emphasis on the underlying principles of Fluid Dynamics and Thermodynamics.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Describe the nature, structure and properties of fluid and heat in the context of brewing and distilling
LO2 Solve problems in dynamics, fluid dynamics and thermodynamics involving physical laws
LO3 Application of key analytical instrumentation used in the brewing and distilling process
LO4 Program PLC’s in Ladder Logic to control various Mechanical Machines and processes (software simulations).
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Principles of Heat Transfer & Heat Exchangers
• Newton’s law of cooling • Fourier’s law of conduction • Conductance of solid layers • Conductance of boundary layers • Heat losses & gains from surfaces, • Log Mean Temperature Difference • Heat exchangers
Refrigeration & Cooling
• Introduction to refrigeration cycles & evaporative cooling • Cooling towers
Carbonation: Solubility and equilibrium of gases, rate of carbonation. Decarbonation. Nitrogenation
Filtration, sedimentation, flocculation
Filtration: methods/mechanisms, filtration media and filter aids, resistance to flow, filtration theory, prediction of filter performance, filtration equipment, filter press/ mash filter, lauter tun, pressure leaf filter. Other filtration systems. Sedimentation – principles. Flocculation by gravity, effect of yeast type, divalent cations and filter aids
Centrifugation, conveyors
Continuous centrifugation – theory. Types of continuous centrifuge: plate separators, nozzle centrifuge, opening bowl centrifuge, decanters, sieve centrifuges. Materials handling Bulk storage, cleaning and grading. Conveyors and conveying: Screw conveyers, belt conveyers, bucket elevators, continuous flow conveyers, pneumatic conveyers, other conveyer systems. Conveyor control systems
Milling: milling techniques, mill capacity, mill roll setting, energy requirements of milling
Process Instrumentation 2
Operational principles of analytical process instrumentation, calibration requirements and factors determining the choice of appropriate instruments including • Process gas analysers - Oxygen Analyser - NDIR ( CO/CO2 ) analysers • Process liquid analysers - pH Analysers - Electrical Conductivity analysers - Humidity Analysers - Density Analysers - Viscosity Analysers - Dissolved Oxygen CO2 Analysers - Oxygen Headspace Analyser • Process Sampling systems for off-line analysers - Liquid Sampling Systems - Gas Sampling Systems
Control Systems 2
Definition, description and aims of process control • The Control Loop - Objectives of Automatic Control, - Block Diagrams, - Components of Sample Systems, - On/ Off control, - Open and Closed-Loop Control, - Feedback in Control Systems, - Process Disturbances, - Control Definitions. • Process Characteristics - Process Load, - Supply and Demand Load. Relationship, - Process Lags, - Capacitance, - Resistance, - Dead Time, - Process Gain, - Process Reaction Curve, - Process Dymanic Characteristics. • Control Valves - Common Valve and Actuator Types, - Ancillary Equipment, - Control Valve Performance, - Valve selection and Sizing. • Modes of Control - On-Off Control, - Proportional Control, - Proportional + Integral Control, - Proportional + Derivative Control, PID (3 Term) Control, - Controller Selection, Zeigler-Nichols Open and Closed Loop Tuning Methods.
Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems for monitoring and controlling processes, System Architectures and Topologies, Hardware – Master Stations, RTUs, PLCs as RTUs. Software – Features and Protocols, Communication Architectures. FieldBus, LAN and Wireless Communications
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Special Regulation
Students must achieve a minimum grade (35%) in both the practical/CA and final examination.
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Multiple Choice Questions Written class tests and or online assessment may be employed to encourage individual learning. 1,2 10.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Programming of PLC's using simulation software. 4 40.00 End-of-Semester
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam A final written examination will assess the extent to which the student has achieved the module learning outcomes. 1,2,3 50.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Laboratory 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Independent Learning 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Total Hours 180.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SABRE_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Brewing and Distilling 3 Mandatory