Chemical Process Design



Ehssan KoupaieDupuis



Program Associate

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

Course Description

This capstone course integrates skills, knowledge and experience gained from engineering science components of the Chemical Engineering and Engineering Chemistry programs to solve open-ended chemical process design problems. Students will develop competency in the following: process hazard analysis, appropriate use of process simulation techniques, identification and mitigation of process inefficiencies and risks, strategies for acquiring technical data, and costing of process revisions. (0/0/0/0/75)

Objectives and Outcomes

The main objective of the course is to prepare students for technical positions in industry by solving a series of open-ended engineering design challenges. Particular emphasis is placed on process synthesis, with design decisions driven by health and safety analyses, sustainability and environmental stewardship, regulatory constraints, and assessments of process operability and economics.

Specific course learning outcomes (CLOs) are:

  • CLO 1.    Apply project management tools (work breakdown structures, activity lists, network diagrams, Gantt diagrams) to distribute project workload amongst team members and facilitate the timely completion of course deliverables.
  • CLO 2.    Develop a Process Hazard Analysis (hazard identification, hazard evaluation, consequences analysis and risk analysis) from a P&ID of a unit operation, and formulate recommendations for mitigating identified risks.
  • CLO 3.    Assess a process design from the standpoint of sustainability, environmental stewardship and applicable regulations / standards.
  • CLO 4.    Conduct a design review of a process flow diagram to identify performance limitations, health and safety issues, operational inefficiencies and unnecessary costs.
  • CLO 5.    Identify gaps in knowledge needed to revise unit operations and develop an experimental program to acquire the necessary data.
  • CLO 6.    Use MATLAB to simulate the dynamics of a batch unit operation, and  HYSYS to simulate a continuous process element, while recognizing the limitations of process modelling approaches and software.
  • CLO 7.    Develop capital and operating cost estimates for proposed process revisions, and formulate recommendations for improving process safety and economics.
  • CLO 8.    Generate concise technical reports using appropriate terminology and documentation, with particular emphasis on the correct application of PFD and P&ID conventions.

This course develops the following attributes:

  • Design (CLO 1-7)
  • Tools (CLO 6, 7)
  • Individual and teamwork (CLO 1)
  • Communications (CLO 1, 8)
  • Professionalism (CLO 8)
  • Impact of Engineering (CLO 2, 3, 4)
  • Engineering Ethics (CLO 2, 3)
  • Economics and Project Management (CLO 1, 6)
  • Lifelong Learning (CLO 1, 4)

Relevance to the Program

This is a capstone design course that consolidates knowledge acquired in previous engineering science courses, and refines skills acquired through the design spine. The course assumes knowledge of prior Engineering Chemistry and Chemical Engineering core courses.

Course Structure and Activities

4 hours of group-centred workshops each week. Attendance is mandatory. Please refer to SOLUS for times and locations.


"Chemical Engineering Design" by Towler and Sinnott is a primary resource and is available from the campus bookstore in hard copy. Specific information pertaining to each design challenge, including exemplars and student learning guides, are posted to OnQ.