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Winter 2017
Date Initials
Prepared by Instructor 12/29/2016 HDS
Approved by Head

1. Calendar Information

ENCH 421 Chemical Engineering Kinetics

A study of the design of chemical reactors; a review of the kinetics of homogeneous reactions and
the interpretation of kinetic data; the design of single and multiple reactors for simple, simultaneous
and consecutive reactions; the influence of temperature, pressure and flow on reactions and reactor
design; an introduction to heterogeneous reaction systems and catalyzed fluid reactions.
Course Hours: 3 units; H (3-1)
Prerequisites: C or better in ENCH 403 (Heat transfer) and CHEM 357 (Organic chemistry)
Corequisite: ENCH 405 (Separation processes I)
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2. Learning Outcomes and Graduate Attributes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to do the following things:
Reaction kinetics:
1. Design experiments to generate kinetic data using any of the three ideal reactor types and
perform tests to ensure model assumptions are obeyed;
2. Analyze reaction rate data to determine orders of reaction and rate constants;
3. Postulate a mathematical form for a rate expression empirically or on the basis of the theory
of chemical reactions;
Reactor design:
4. Choose a reactor type and select temperatures, pressures, and concentrations to optimize
the reaction rate;
5. Construct accurate analytical models of systems of one or more ideal reactors and use those
models for the design, simulation or optimization of a reactor process;
Troubleshooting and analysis of complex systems:
6. Identify and explain the engineering challenges associated with a reaction system;
7. Apply skills and knowledge learned in other courses to reactor design;
Computation / simulation tools:
8. Use spreadsheets (i.e. Excel) to solve simple reactor design problems;
9. Use numerical simulators (i.e. Matlab, PolyMath) to solve systems of differential equations
arising in the design and analysis of chemical reactors;
10. Identify reactive hazards and strategies to reduce safety and environmental risks;
11. Work effectively in problem-solving teams and carry out meaningful performance
assessments of individual team members.
Graduate Attributes are generic characteristics specified by the CEAB (Canadian Engineering
Accreditation Board), expected to be exhibited by graduates of Canadian engineering schools. This
table summarizes how the Learning Outcomes relate to key Graduate Attributes addressed in this
Learning Graduate Attribute
Outcome* A1 A2 A3 A4 A5 A6 A7 A8 A9 A10 A11 A12
1. D
2. A
3. D
4. D
5. D
6. D
7. D
8. D
9. D
10. D
11. D

CEAB Graduate Attributes:

A1. A knowledge base for engineering A7. Communication skills
A2. Problem analysis A8. Professionalism
A3. Investigation A9. Impact of engineering on society/environment
A4. Design A10. Ethics and equity
A5. Use of engineering tools A11. Economics and project management
A6. Individual and team work A12. Life-long learning

*The level at which the learning outcome is addressed in this course:

I (Introduced): Introductory level
D (Developed): Intermediate development level
A (Applied): Advanced application level

3. Timetable
Section Days of the Start Duration Location
Week Time (Minutes)
L01 MWF 10:00 50 ENE 147
T01 Tu 14:00 50 ENE 147

4. Course Instructors

Course Instructor
Section Name Phone Office Email
L01 / T01 H. De la Hoz Siegler 403 220 8804 END204D

Teaching Assistants
Section Name Phone Office Email

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5. Examinations

There will be 1 midterm exam and 1 final exam. Midterm and final exams will be closed book
and closed notes. A one (1) page, single side only, study guide is permitted. The study guide must
be hand written (No photocopies permitted).

The mid-term exam will be held on Friday, March 3, 2016 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm. The
date for the final examination will be scheduled by the registrar and announced later in the term.
Students should be aware that the material covered in the textbook will be supplemented with other
materials given in class and/or posted in the course website.

Note: The timetable for Registrar Scheduled exams (i.e. the final exam) can be found at the
Universitys Enrolment Services website,

Examinations will test the ability of students to analyze and solve problems. The mid-term and final
exams are cumulative.

Quizzes and other graded activities will be held in either the laboratory, during lecture sessions, or
online through D2L.

6. Use of Calculators in Examinations

Non-programmable, non-data-transmitting, handheld calculators will be permitted during

examinations. Cell phones, tablets, laptop computers, PDAs, or any other electronic device with
communication capabilities are NOT allowed.

7. Final Grade Determination

The final grade in this course will be based on the following components:

Component Outcome(s) Weight
Problem sets 1 10 20 %
Quizzes 17 10 %
Midterm Examination 1, 2, 3, 5 30 %
Group project 4, 6, 8, 9, 10 10 %
Final Examination 17 30 %

Total: 100 %
a) Specific due dates and times will be posted on the course website ( Late
submissions will be accepted with a 25% penalty by the following day at noon. All later
submissions will receive a mark of zero. This policy applies to all assignments, unless
otherwise agreed.

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b) Conversion from the cumulative score out of 100 to a letter grade will be determined at the end
of the term using the following scale:
51 56 61 66 71 76 81- 85 89 93
Score 050 > 97
55 60 65 70 75 80 84 88 92 96
Grade F D D+ C C C+ B B B+ A A A+

At the minimum, you are guaranteed the letter grade show in the table above. At the discretion of
the instructor, your final grade might be increased to the following bin if your performance has
substantially improved during the term.

8. Textbook

The following textbook is required for this course:

Title Essentials of Chemical Reaction Engineering
Author(s) H. Scott Fogler
Edition, Year Prentice Hall
Publisher 2011

9. Course Policies

Advising Syllabus

All Schulich School of Engineering students and instructors have a responsibility to familiarize
themselves with the policies described in the Schulich School of Engineering Advising Syllabus
available at:

Emergency Evacuation/Assembly Points

In the event of an alarm sounding, all classrooms and labs must be evacuated immediately. Please
respond to alarms promptly by leaving the building by the closest available exit. Faculty and
students must remain outside the building until the 'all clear' has been given by a Fire Marshall. In
case of emergency, call 220-5333.

Assembly Points have been identified across campus. These areas have been selected as they are
large enough to hold a significant number of people and will provide an evacuated population
access to washroom facilities and protection from the elements. More information on assembly
points can be found at

Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct

Anyone found cheating will be turned over to the University and will be dealt with according to
University policy (see advising syllabus above). Working together on homework is encouraged,
but each person must independently write-up his or her own work. Copying homework and
photocopying graphs and figures between individuals is considered cheating.

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10. Teaching approach and expectations

The involvement of students, meaning you, in the class is critical for effective learning. My role is
to facilitate your understanding of the fundamental concepts and methods involved in the course.
During this course, you are expected to participate actively and constructively, meaning that you
Ask questions whenever something is not clear,
Help each other understand the course material,
Perform all assigned reading on time.
Arrive on-time for class,
Be courteous to each other and to me,
Provide me with feedback or suggestions as to how the course and my delivery can be
Adhere to the Principles of Conduct and other University regulations (see Course Policies
above and linked website).
In return you should expect me to:
Treat each of you with courtesy and respect,
Be committed to help you master the course material,
Be available for out of class assistance,
Work to continually improve the course,
Treat each question or concern seriously and answer these to the best of my ability.

Class discussions and student participation are encouraged as much as possible, in and out of the

11. Course Content and Tentative Schedule


1 Jan 9 Introduction, rate of reaction 1.1
2 Jan 11 General mole balance, reactor types 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5
3 Jan 13 Conversion and extent of reaction 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
4 Jan 16 Space time, space velocity, Levenspiel plots 2.6 Qz1
5 Jan 18 Reactor sizing, sequence of reactors 2.4, 2.5
6 Jan 20 Reaction rates: Empirical rate expressions 3.1, 3.2 Ps1
7 Jan 23 Kinetic data analysis: Integral and differential 7.1, 7.3, 7.4 Qz2
8 Jan 25 Temperature dependence and kinetic theory 3.3, 9.1
9 Jan 27 Reaction mechanisms 9.1, 9.2
10 Jan 30 Pseudo-steady state and rate determining step Qz3
11 Feb 1 Catalysis

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12 Feb 3 Numerical data analysis 7.5 Ps2
13 Feb 6 Stoichiometry: constant V or 4.1 Qz4
14 Feb 8 Stoichiometry: variable V or 4.2, 4.3
15 Feb 10 Isothermal reactor design: General approach 5.1
16 Feb 13 Isothermal reactor design: batch and CSTR 5.2, 5.3 Qz5
17 Feb 15 Isothermal reactor design: Residence time, PFRs 5.4
18 Feb 17 Isothermal reactor design: PBRs, pressure drop 5.5 Ps3
Feb 19-26 Reading Week No lectures or tutorial
19 Feb 27 Unsteady state operation: semibatch and CSTR 6.1, 6.2, 6.5, 6.6 Qz6
20 Mar 1 Multiple reactions: Selectivity and yield 8.1, 8.2
Mar 3 Midterm Exam
21 Mar 6 Reactor selection 8.3, 8.4
22 Mar 8 Equilibrium reactions 4.3, 6.4, 8.6
23 Mar 10 Non-isothermal operation: thermodynamics 11.1
24 Mar 13 Non-isothermal operation: energy balances 11.2, 11.3, 11.4 Qz7
25 Mar 15 Energy balances in Batch reactors 13.1, 13.2
26 Mar 17 Energy balances in CSTRs 12.4 Ps4
27 Mar 20 Multiplicity of steady-states in CSTRs 12.5 Qz8
28 Mar 22 Energy balances in PFRs 12.1, 12.3
29 Mar 24 Adiabatic equilibrium conversion, optimum To 11.5, 11.6
30 Mar 27 Safe operation of chemical reactors Qz9
31 Mar 29 Heterogeneous catalytic reactors 10.1, 10.2, 10.3 Ps5
32 Mar 31 Mass transfer limitations: diffusion D2L-11.1, 11.2, 11.3
33 Apr 3 Diffusion and reaction D2L-12.1 Qz10
34 Apr 5 Thiele modulus, effectiveness factor D2L-12.2, 12.4
35 Apr 7 Dispersion D2L 14.4
36 Apr 10 Mixing: Residence time distribution D2L 13.1,13.2,13.3, 13.4 Qz11
37 Apr 12 Review FPr

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D2L readings correspond to section numbers from the additional chapters posted in the D2L course
website. Note that these chapters were not included in the printed version of the textbook, but are
available in electronic version in the DVD that came with the textbook.

Quizzes (Qz): quizzes should be completed in D2L by no later than 11:59 pm on the due date
indicated above.

Problem sets (Ps): solutions to the required problem sets should be deposited in the assignment
box located in the corridor of END, 2nd floor, before 4:00 pm on the specified due date. If you
are not able to submit a physical copy of your solution (e.g. you are away for a conference or
competition) you should contact the course instructor before the posted deadline to arrange for
electronic submission of your solution. When submitting electronically, a single PDF file should
be submitted.

Final project (FPr): Final project report is due on the last day of classes. However, you should
start working on the project as early as possible.

12. Suggested problems for study (from Foglers book)

Please note that you are not required to submit your solution to these problems. Required problems
sets will be posted directly in D2L. The recommended problems listed below are just a suggestion
for your study. It is advisable that you attempt these problems in the week they are suggested.


Jan 9 -15 1-2A, 1-5A, 1-7A, 1-8A, 1-11B, 1-14A
Jan 16-22 2-5B, 2-6B, 2-7B, 2-11B, 2-13A, 5-4A
Jan 23-29 7-8B, 7-10B, 7-15C, 3-4A, 3-5B, 3-7B, 3-8C, 3-10A, 3-11A, 3-13B, 3-16B
Jan 30-Feb 5 7-5B, 7-6A, 7-7B, 7-14C, 9-3B, 9-5B, 9-7A, 9-9B, , 9-13B 4-4B, 4-5A, 4-7C
Feb 6-12 4-8B, 4-10C, 4-11A, 5-8A, 5-21B`
Feb 13-26 5-11B, 5-15B, 5-19A, 5-23B, 5-25A, 5-29B, 6-5A, 6-13C, 6-14B
Feb 27-Mar 5 8-5B, 8-7B, 8-9C, 8-10B, 8-20B
Mar 6-12 6-4B, 6-8C, 6-12C,8-18B
Mar 13-19 12-6B, 13-5C, 13-8B
Mar 20-26 11-5B, 11-7B, 11-9A, 11-10B, 12-5C, 12-14A, 12-16C, 12-17C, 12-18B
Mar 27-Apr 2 12-22B
Apr 3-9

Template revised on Aug 9, 2016 (AN)

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