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Second Semester 
Teaching style
Lingua Insegnamento

Informazioni aggiuntive

Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)


-Environmental and energetic issues of process plants; Basics of Pinch Technology
-(CE) Steps of a process plant design, standards and specifics

- Energetic analysis and integration of a process plant: simulation, data extraction, analysis, heat exchangers network design.
- (CE) Basic design of a process plant: choice and sizing of the main devices, PFD, P&ID, strategies of control and interlocks, economic analysis of a process.
- (EE) Choice of an electrochemical system for conversion and storage of energy for a given application

-critical analysis of industrial specification, also referring to environmental issues
-simulation of process units and plants
-analysis of technical literature
-presentation of the results, identification of the main parameters of a problem, preparation of documents according to defined standards


Thermodynamics (Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, Technical physics)
Heat transport mechanisms and correlations
Basics of heat exchanger design
Significant Figures and measurement Units in energy related systems
Basics of process economics.


Heat exchangers network design (60 h)
Composite Curves
Process Constraints and Utility Selection
Cogeneration (Combined Heat and Power Generation)
Integration Of Heat Pumps
Heat Exchanger Network and Utilities Capital and Total Costs
The Pinch Design Method
Stream Splitting
Retrofit of Heat Exchanger Networks
Heat Integration of Distillation Columns
Heat Integration of Reactors
Design of a process plant for a given application, heat and mass balances, PFD, simulation of the plant, sizing of the main equipments, control strategies and interlocks, P&ID. (30h)

Electrochemical conversion and storage of energy (30h)
Introduction and overview of electrode processes 1
Potentials and thermodynamics of cells
Kinetics of electrode reactions
Mass transfer by migration and diffusion
Cells at low temperature: alkaline fuel cells (AFC), polymer electrolyte (PEM) (hydrogen and direct methanol)
Medium-high temperature FC: molten carbonate (MCFC), solid oxide (SOFC), phosphoric acid (PAFC), operating principles, efficiencies, conditions and fields of application, limitations and prospects for development.
Overview of application opportunities and objectives for technological development: automotive applications, co-generation plants
Energy storage systems (ore 4L; E4): analysis of charging and discharging of capacitors,
Lithium ion batteries and supercapacitors. 

Teaching Methods

Lectures 60h
Practice in the computer room 30h

Verification of learning

Referring to the objectives:
-a written test to evaluate competence in process analysis and heat exchanger network design (simulation of a process, data extraction, analysis, HEN design)

-A project of a process plant, with plant specifics, technical report and functional schemes


Kemp - Pinch Analysis and Process Integration – IchemE-Elsevier
Smith – Chemical Process Design and Integration – J. Wiley

More Information

Slides and text of laboratory practice, as well as of previous final tests are available in the teacher website
Warning: the material in the website is not exhaustive, textbooks are necessary to pass the final test.

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