Module Title:Process Engineering
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Teaching will be conducted using lectures and tutorials using a mixture of presentations, example exercises, question and answer sessions, group discussions and online resources. Laboratory classes will be delivered to students working together in groups to obtain experimental data with subsequent individual reporting/assessment
Module Aim: To provide students with specialised knowledge of the processes associated with the generation and consumption of fluids & energy in engineering systems
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Design pipe and duct networks for the distribution of liquids and air.
LO2 Determine the heat gains and losses from buildings leading to the design of air conditioning systems for commercial and industrial applications
LO3 Design and analyse industrial processes for drying, concentrating, heating and cooling of solids, fluids and mixtures
LO4 Describe and specify systems for the safe handling of bulk solids
LO5 Analyse thermodynamic models of representative systems in order to determine the steady state performance of such systems
LO6 Quantify, by calculation and experimental measurement, the characteristics of fluid dynamic and thermodynamic processes
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
• Computational Fluid Dynamics
o Introduction to CFD o Navier–Stokes equations o The heat diffusion equation
• Analysis of pipe and conduit systems
o Pressure drop in non circular ducts, o Duct design methodologies, - Constant velocity, - Constant pressure drop.
• Heat gains to buildings
o Heat gains and losses due to conduction and convection, o Solar heat gains to buildings.
• Psychrometrics (Air/vapour mixtures)
o Psychrometric properties of humid air, o Air conditioning processes: - Mixing, - Sensible heating, - Sensible cooling, - Humidification, - Dehumidification,
• Process Heating and Drying
o Heating Technologies, o Mechanical vapour recompression, o Process drying, o Steam heating system design.
• Refrigeration & Cooling
o Chillers, o Cooling towers.
• Heat transfer
o Forced convection, o Internal flow, o External flow, o Condensation.
• Bulk Solids Handling
o Characteristics of Bulk Solids o Storage & Feeding - Gravity flow in hoppers and chutes - Hopper Design - Feeding Discharge aids o Conveying - Pneumatic - Screw - Belt o Control & Instrumentation - Level detection - Batch & inline weighing o Safety & Environment - Dust Explosion hazards - Dust control
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment20.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination Class Test: Duct Sizing & Design, Solar Gains, Air Conditioning Processes 1,2 10.00 Week 10
Project Air Conditioning Assignment   10.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Labs: Heat Transfer in a Steam Condenser, Cross Flow Heat Exchanger, Cooling Tower 5,6 10.00 n/a
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 1,2,3,4,5,6 70.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 3.00
Estimated Learner Hours Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EMMEC_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering 7 Mandatory