Design Manufacturing Processes



Lev MirzoianDupuis 302lev.mirzoian@queensu.ca613-533-6000 ext. 78544


Mitchell de
Kristian KraemerDupuis

Program Associate

Zack McDonaldDupuis

Engineering Design Course Coordinator

Ashwin GuptaDupuis

Course Description

This course will consolidate the necessary skills and knowledge for a working chemical engineer by carrying out an industrial process design and developing a Front End Engineering Design (FEED) Document. The students will develop competency in the following: Process selection and synthesis, the use and recognition of the limitations of process simulation software, development of Piping and Instrumentation diagrams, analysis of Process Safety, equipment sizing, materials selection, and Capital, Operating Cost and economic analysis along with optimization. (0/0/0/0/75)

Objectives and Outcomes

The principal objective of the course is to prepare students for technical positions in industry through a complex, open-ended engineering problem. This includes design of equipment and processes that meet specified needs with appropriate attention to health and safety risks, applicable standards, economic, and environmental considerations.

Specific course learning outcomes (CLOs) are (i.e. the students should be able to):

  1. Identify gaps in knowledge and develop a work breakdown structure that identifies the steps of a process design.
  2. Gather and synthesize the basic process data required to build a process model. Execute (or conduct) simulation using commercial process simulation software, while recognizing software limitations.
  3. Develop a Process Hazards Analysis including Hazard Identification, Hazard evaluation, Consequences Analysis, Risk analysis, and create recommendations.
  4. Select materials and size equipment including vessels and rotating equipment based on plant configuration
  5. Develop capital and operating cost estimates and use them to develop an economically optimized solution. Make recommendations based on detailed economic analysis including NPV and IRR.
  6. Implement process instrumentation, including control loops and safety control and construct process flow and P&I diagrams.
  7. Develop a Front End Engineering Design (FEED) package, which documents the final design, integrates appropriate standards, codes and regulatory factors and includes environmental considerations and recommendations.
  8. Utilize quality assurance techniques to produce project deliverables of high quality.
  9. Demonstrate team work, professionalism and understanding of ethics and equity.
  10. Deliver accurate technical reports using appropriate terminology and documentation.

This course develops the following attributes:

  • Design (CLO 1-7)
  • Tools (CLO 2, 3, 5)
  • Individual and team work (CLO 9)
  • Communications (CLO 7, 10)
  • Professionalism (CLO 9)
  • Impact of Engineering (CLO 3, 7)
  • Engineering Ethics (CLO 3, 9)
  • Economics and Project Management (CLO 1, 5, 8)
  • Lifelong Learning (CLO 1, 8)

Relevance to the Program

This is a capstone design course, which consolidates the knowledge acquired in previous engineering science courses, and refines the skills acquired through the design spine.

The course assumes knowledge of lower level Chemical Engineering courses.

Course Structure and Activities

6 hours of combined lectures / workshops / tutorials


Students will be granted access to the course wiki during the first day of class. 

Secondary Textbook

"Chemical Engineering Design", by Towler and Sinnott

The textbook is available from the campus bookstore in hard copy.