MULTISCALE ANALYSIS AND COMPUTER SIMULATION OF CHEMICAL PROCESSES

MULTISCALE ANALYSIS AND COMPUTER SIMULATION OF CHEMICAL PROCESSES

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Code
90518
ACADEMIC YEAR
2019/2020
CREDITS
5 credits during the 2nd year of 10376 CHEMICAL AND PROCESSES ENGINEERING (LM-22) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
ING-IND/24
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (CHEMICAL AND PROCESSES ENGINEERING)
semester
2° Semester
modules
This unit is a module of:
Teaching materials

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Course objective is multiscale analysis and computer simulations of chemical processes.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The attendance and active participation in the proposed training activities (frontal lessons, numerical exercises, visits to industrial realities, seminars), individual study and group discussion will allow the student:

to identify the theoretical equations present in the most used simulation programs in the field of chemical and process engineering

to distinguish the different scales of detail and the appropriate study approach in each case 

to use the proposed simulation programs

to analyze real problems proposed by characteristic companies in chemical and process engineering 

to critically discuss the various available solutions to the proposed problems.

 Adequate communication skills will be encouraged through group exercises and interaction with the various collaborating industrial realities.

 

PREREQUISITES

For a successful learning, basic knowledge of chemical engineering principles and chemical plants is required, but no formal prerequisites are required.

Teaching methods

The module provides frontal lessons in the classroom (20 hours) and exercises in the computer room (50 hours). The theoretical lessons are intended to provide the theoretical principles of different computer software. Lectures in the classroom alternate with interventions by engineers from the involved industrial realities or external research staff (10 hours) with specific examples of process engineering applications and visits to industrial plants (15 hours). The module also includes seminars on specific supplementary topics (5 hours).

The transversal skills in terms of applied knowledge and understanding will be acquired through the resolution of real problems provided by the companies involved, to be carried out in groups, and the use of suitable simulation tools. Adequate communication skills will be encouraged through exercises between groups and interaction with the different industrial realities.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The program of the module includes the presentation and discussion of the following topics: 

  1. Definition of the concept of multiscale and importance in the industrial context (2 hours)
  2. Microscopic scale (8 hours)
    1. Theoretical fundamentals
    2. Use of VMD
  3. Mesoscopic scale (40 hours)
    1. Theoretical fundamentals
    2. Use of Ansys Fluent
    3. Visit and application in real case
  4. Macroscopic scale (40 hours)
    1. Theoretical fundamentals
    2. Use of Aspen Plus
    3. Visit and application in real case
  5. Data-driven modelling (10 hours)
    1. Theoretical fundamentals
    2. Use of Excel software

Applications: Variations according to the involved industrial realities 

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

The teaching material used during the lessons will be available in Aulaweb. The notes taken during the lessons and the material in Aulaweb are sufficient for the preparation of the exam, but the following books are suggested as supporting texts.

- H. J. C Berendsen. ‘Simulating the Physical World’. Cambridge University Press 2007.

- I. D. Gil Chaves, J. R. Guevara Lopez, J. L. Garcia Zapata, A. Leguizamon Robayo, G. Rodriguez Nino. ‘Process Analysis and Simulation in Chemical Engineering’. Springer 2016.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: Appointment through the following: tel.: 010 353 6560 email: cristina.moliner@edu.unige.it Office location Via Opera Pia 15A, 16145 Genova – left stairs, 2nd floor

Exam Board

JAN OSCAR PRALITS (President)

CRISTINA ELIA MOLINER ESTOPINAN (President)

ELISABETTA ARATO

LESSONS

Teaching methods

The module provides frontal lessons in the classroom (20 hours) and exercises in the computer room (50 hours). The theoretical lessons are intended to provide the theoretical principles of different computer software. Lectures in the classroom alternate with interventions by engineers from the involved industrial realities or external research staff (10 hours) with specific examples of process engineering applications and visits to industrial plants (15 hours). The module also includes seminars on specific supplementary topics (5 hours).

The transversal skills in terms of applied knowledge and understanding will be acquired through the resolution of real problems provided by the companies involved, to be carried out in groups, and the use of suitable simulation tools. Adequate communication skills will be encouraged through exercises between groups and interaction with the different industrial realities.

LESSONS START

Annual couse scheduled as published on the Polythecnic School website

EXAMS

Exam description

It is advisable to take the exam consisting in the preparation of a poster, in groups, showing the topics covered during the module together with its oral discussion on a dedicated day. For this option, 1 exam session will be available at the end of the course with a date agreed by all the involved parties.

In case of not choosing this option, the exam will take place in the traditional way with three exam options for the ‘winter’ session (January, February and during the break provided by the Polytechnic School in Easter) and three options for the ‘summer’ session (July, September and during the autumn break provided by the Polytechnic School).

The traditional exam will consist on the elaboration of a technical report with all the contents developed during the course and its discussion in group. 

No extraordinary appeals will be granted outside the periods indicated by the Polytechnic School.

Assessment methods

The oral exam consists of the oral exposition in groups of a poster summarizing the topics covered during the course on a dedicated day. Details on the preparation for the exam will be given during the lessons.

The exam is aimed at verifying the knowledge of the theoretical fundamentals of the different studied scales, the simulation tools in chemical and process engineering and their adequate application, the ability to solve real problems present in the industrial field, the development of critical thinking and adequate oral communication skills towards different types of public. Creativity, ability to work in groups and adequate use of available resources will also be evaluated.

The exam will be evaluated by the teachers of the course and also by the participants from the involved companies. 

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
12/06/2020 09:00 GENOVA Orale
18/06/2020 09:00 GENOVA Orale

FURTHER INFORMATION

Students with specific needs are asked to contact the teacher before the start of the teaching.