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Code 16011
Year 3
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 4
Workload T(20H)/TP(20H)
Scientific area Industrial Chemistry
Entry requirements -
Learning outcomes In this curricular unit it is intended that students:
- Learn how to make energy balances on systems with chemical reaction;
- Know how to use chemical kinetics and energy balances in ideal reactors design, operating in batch, semi-continuous and continuous (CSTR and Tubular) modes.
At the end of the curricular unit the student should be able to:
- Perform energy balances for processes with chemical reaction;
- Mathematically describe the operation of various types of chemical reactors;
- Determine the main design variables of industrial chemical reactors.
- Determine the main design variables of industrial biochemical reactors.
Syllabus Energy balances in processes with chemical reaction: Reaction heat; Flame temperatures.
Mathematical models used in the description of ideal chemical reactors: batch reactor, semi-continuous reactor, continuous stirring tank reactor and tubular reactor; Catalytic reactors. Biological reactors.
Main Bibliography - Himmelblau, D. M., “Basic Principles and Calculations in Chemical Engineering“, Prentice-Hall, N.Y.
- Coulson, J. M.; Richardson, J.F., “Tecnologia Química“, vol III, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian ed., Lisbon.
- Ana M. Carreira Lopes; M. Fátima Costa Farelo, “Operações Unitárias”, Manual da disciplina de Operações Unitárias, UBI, Covilhã.
- Lemos, F.; Madeira Lopes, J.; Ramôa Ribeiro, F., “Reactores Químicos”, IST Press, Lisbon.
- Perry’s Chemical Engineers´s Handbook, Perry, R. H.; Green, D.W. edts., MaGraw-Hill, Inc., N.Y.
- Nunes dos Santos, A. M., “Reactores Químicos“, vol. I, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian ed., Lisbon.
- Baley, J.E.; Ollis, D.F. "Biochemical Engineering Fundamentals ", 2nd Ed., McGraw-Hill.
- Nielsen, J.; Villadsen, J.; Lidén, G. "Bioreaction Engineering Principles", 2nd Ed., Kluwer Academic/ Plenum Plublishers, New York
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria The teaching-learning activities consist of theoretical and theoretical-practical lectures. The theoretical lectures are mostly interactive, and exposure of matter aims to encourage the participation of students in the lesson. In the theoretical-practical lessons, pratical questions are solved only by students. The teacher
guides the students with general comments and give theoretical explanations when a general difficulty in solving the proposed problem is observed.

Evaluation comprises tests and/or 1 exam. The students aproved by frequency (in the tests) are dispensed from the exam.
To obtain frequency: The arithmetic mean of the tests has to be at least 6 values.
To be approved by frequency: Arithmetic mean of tests equal to or higher than 10, with a minimum of 6 in each test.
To be approved by Exam: Exam mark equal to or higher than 10 values.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2024-01-16

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