Subject Synopsis Gas Engineering Courses

 

SKPG 1611  Seminar

This course introduces students to the chemical engineering working environment through seminars from respective personnel and industrial visit to various chemical plants in Malaysia. Assignments and group-based project will be given.

SKPG 2113   Combustion Engineering and Gas Utilisation

This course enables students to understand the basic concept of combustion and related calculations as well as to expose them to the concept of flame, explosion, and detonation and its related safety aspects.  In addition, it permits students to explain the use of gaseous fuels and its related energy generating technologies and equipment.  The important concept and methods of fuel inter-changeability will be highlighted.

SKPG 3721  Combustion Engineering and Gas Utilisation Laboratory

The laboratory is the practical introduction to the method of determining fuel characteristics such as specific gravity and calorific value. Then, it offers the practical understanding of the basic concepts of flame, meter clocking and boiler. It is also enables students to obtain understanding of a few phenomena during combustion with some related factors. Besides, students will be exposed to membrane technology and its application in industry.

SKPG 3123  Gas Processing and Liquefaction

This course is designed to expose students’ techniques and technologies of processing and liquefying hydrocarbon and non-hydrocarbon gases. The course enables students to relate and apply the knowledge of some core chemical engineering courses such as Mass and Energy Balance, Separation Process I & II, etc. In gas processing and liquefaction processes. At the end of the course students should be able to identify and explain the gas properties in a single &mixture phases of gas-liquid separation system. Hence students would explain & develop techniques of gas processing, i.e. gas cleaning, drying, sweetening, separation and gas liquefaction and perform analysis of these techniques in relation to the existing available technologies. Through some cases study of group assignments, students may exposure of current technology & technique of gas-liquid production & separation processes. Overall view of gas utilization scope of gas processed hydrocarbon is also presented.

SKPG 3213  Gas Transmission and Distribution

This course is design to expose student to hydrocarbon gas pipeline system used locally and oversea. The course contents include an introduction to gas industry, the type of gas transmission and distribution system, the codes and standards in gas pipeline system, the gas pipeline network analysis and the construction materials and procedures. The students are also required to prepare a group technical report and present their project at the end of the course. A visit to the related industries which requires student to prepare a brief report will be arranged for them gain some industrial experience.

SKPG 3915  Industrial Training

Students shall attend industrial training prior to their final year at UTM and they will have to apply for the company of their choice whose activities related to the area of their study. The placement is subjected to the approval by the UTM after considering the suitability of the company. The industrial training provides an opportunity for students to experience the actual working environment and to be able to put into practice the theories that they learned in class.  A lecturer from the faculty will pay a visit during their training to monitor their progress at the company. The students will return to UTM to complete their studies whereby they could share their experiences with their fellow students and lecturers.

SKPG 4812  Undergraduate Project 1

This course is designed to train students on some important aspects of research management. In the first part of the undergraduate research project course, the students are only required to carry out preliminary studies on the assigned chemical and gas engineering related topics but also to do research planning that will be implemented in the following semester. At the end of this course, students should be able to prepare a complete research proposal and subsequently present their proposal. In addition, students will have opportunity to gain important generic skills such as communication, team working, problem-solving and creative and critical thinking.

SKPG 4223  Storage and Reticulation System

This course enables students to acquire and practice  the fundamental knowledge of liquefied petroleum gases (LPG), natural gases (NG) and liquefied natural gases (LNG) storage and  as well as  of gas reticulation  system.  The course also emphasizes on the important aspects of corrosion system, methods of corrosion control and corrosion protection system as well as pressure testing. The students are also required to prepare a group technical report and present their project at the end of the course. A visit to the related industries will also be arranged for them to gain some industrial experience.

SKKK 3721 Pollution Control Reaction Laboratory

This laboratory course contains experiments that are covered basis concept in chemical reaction engineering and pollution control such as kinetic analysis of reaction, water and analysis. All experiments require students to apply fundamental laboratory techniques and skills as well as communication skill. Students, in group will demonstrate a mastery of laboratory techniques and clearly describe the qualitative and quantitative aspects of the experiments performed.

SKPG4233 Fire and Explosion safety
This course enables students to understand the basic concept of fire science and combustion and related calculations as well as to expose them to the concept of explosion and detonation. In addition, the principles of fire and explosion protection and mitigation will be discussed within the context of understanding the fire and explosion development mechanism. At the end of the course, students should be able to explain and relate the fundamental knowledge of combustion, flame and explosion and its important safety aspects involving gaseous fuel utilization. Students should able to apply general combustion and engineering principles to fires and explosion and should know the parameters involved on the initiation of both fire and explosion. The students should be also able to use CFD fire modeling (CFast) to analyze the fire development on the case studies given.

SKPG 4253 Economic and Management Natural Gas
This course enables students to understand the fundamentals of gas supply engineering and its relations to gas supply economic. The contents of the course have been designed to emphasize on the fundamental knowledge of gas supply system, pipeline integrity, pressure regulation and measurement as well as pipeline quality control. The contents of the course also highlight various aspects of gas supply economic of both local and international and inter reaction of gas supply engineering and gas supply economic in newly-developed and existing market. In addition, the course also reviews some energy policy related issues that will influence the development of gas supply system and gas supply economic.

SKPG 4711  Gas Flow System Laboratory

This course is designed to allow students to undergo some laboratory works related to gas engineering courses which is divided through recipe and project base types. It will consist of 12 hours and 18 hours for recipe and project base respectively. At the end of this course, students should  be able to practically apply  the different methods of gas pipeline jointing  technique, welding work, gas meter verification,  gas flow measurement, and LPG storage and reticulation system. The students are also required to prepare and install a pipe reticulation system by group. The student shall prepare an individual and group laboratory reports. A short quiz will be given at the beginning of each laboratory session. In addition, students will have opportunity to gain important generic skills such as communication, team working, and problem solving and creative and critical thinking.

SKPG 4824  Undergraduate Project II

This course is continuation of the Undergraduate Project I. The second part of Undergraduate Project requires students to implement the research proposal that has been prepared in the previous semester. This might involve practical activities such as laboratory works, data collection from industry and computer programming / simulation. At the end of the course, students should be able to prepare a full report compiling the first and second part of the Undergraduate Research Project and subsequently present their research findings. Finally, students must submit a bound thesis according to the UTM thesis-writing format. In addition, students will have opportunity to gain important generic skills such as communication, team working, problem-solving and creative and critical thinking.

SKPG 4611  Gas Engineering Seminar

This course is designed for final year student which consist of talk by the industrialists and experienced engineers and visit to chemical-gas related industries. By having this course students can understand the past, current and future trend of gas industry and the applications as well as health, safety and environment. The day-to day technology need continuously supply of information. The knowledge gained from this course should be able to supplement the understanding about the chemical-gas engineering discipline. At the end of this course, students should be able to view the actual working environment and strengthen their knowledge prior to graduate or become as a chemical engineer or gas engineer. A speaker and industry to visit may from or to Petronas Gas Bhd., Petronas Carigali Sdn. Bhd., Gas Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., Gas Contractors, etc. In addition, students will have opportunity to gain important generic skills such as communication. It is hoped that this course will be able to broaden students’ knowledge in the real chemical-gas related industry and will be able to draw out in professional, ethical, societal and global contexts.

SKKK 1113  Principles of Chemical Processes I

This course introduces students to the chemical engineering profession and the fundamental operations of chemical process equipment.  It also provides students with the basic principles of chemical engineering material balances as well as calculation techniques to solve material balance problems for chemical process systems and equipment. It also provides students with the basic principles of the First Law of thermodynamics and its applications.

SKKK 2123  Principles of Chemical Processes II

This course introduces students to the chemical engineering profession and the fundamental operations of chemical process equipment. It also provides students with the basic principles of chemical engineering energy balances as well as calculation techniques to solve the material and energy balance problems for chemical process systems and equipment.

SKKK 2213  Chemical Engineering Thermo

This course introduces students to the chemical engineering thermodynamic theory and applications in the areas of volumetric properties of fluids, heat effects, thermodynamic properties of fluids, thermodynamics of solutions, and physical and chemical equilibria. In addition, student will also be given computer assignments to expose them to solving problems using software packages.

SKKK 2313  Transport Processes

This course introduces students to the basic principles and application of heat and mass transfer engineering. The understanding from this courses will be useful for the better understanding in distillation, absorption, liquid-liquid extraction, membrane separation, leaching, evaporation and others chemical processes

SKKK 2133  Chemical Eng. Computation

This course introduces students to some numerical techniques in solving chemical engineering problems that could not be solved analytically. Students will be exposed to the numerical solution for root of equation, simultaneous algebraic equation, curve fitting, ordinary differential equations, numerical differentiation and integration problems. MATLAB programming language will be implemented with the intention of illustrating the nuance of the methods, and showing more realistically how the methods are applied for problem solving.

SKKK 3233  Physical Chemistry for Engineers

Physical chemistry is an important basic engineering subject where introduce fundamental physical principles that govern the properties and behaviour of chemical systems from either a microscopic or a macroscopic viewpoint. In this subject, three important areas which are thermodynamics, electrochemical systems and kinetics are introduced. Thermodynamics embrace an interrelationship of various equilibrium properties of the system and its changes in processes. Electrochemical systems discuss on the electric potential that lead to the determination of thermodynamic properties in the electrochemical cells. Kinetics includes the rate processes of chemical reactions, diffusion, adsorption and molecular collisions.

SKKK 3323  Separations Processes I

This course introduces different types of unit operations involved in the chemical and other physical processing industries such as humidification absorption, distillation, liquid-liquid extraction and solid-liquid extraction (leaching). It also deals with design of separation operations using mass transfer principles.

SKKK 3223  Chemical Reaction Engineering

This course introduces students to chemical reactor design and theories in the area of chemical reaction engineering with emphasis on homogeneous and heterogeneous reactions. It will examine some problems related to multiple reactions and non-isothermal operations. Students will orally present their findings on identification of three industrial reactors.  Students will also work cooperatively working on a computer assignment to expose them to solving problems using software packages such as Polymath.

SKKK 3144  Process Control & Instrumentation

This course covers the fundamentals of dynamic process modeling, dynamic process behaviours and process control.  Although more concentration is given to lumped parameter systems modeling, distributed parameter systems is introduced.  Feedback control system design, analysis and tuning are dealt with in detail.  Also included are model estimation techniques for FOPDT systems.  Other commonly found control structures, such as feed forward, ratio and cascade control, and plant-wide control systems design are taught qualitatively.  This course employs Cooperative Problem-based Learning.

SKKK 3413  Environmental Engineering & Sustaininability

This course introduces the cause, effect and method to control pollution from industries. The course covers the three major categories of industrial pollution; water pollution, air pollution and industrial waste management. In the first part, the course includes the source and types of water pollutants, environmental regulations pertaining to waste water discharge, and techniques to treat waste water before discharging to the environment. The second part of the course covers the source and effect of air pollution, regulations requirement for air pollution control, and technology to control air pollution emissions from industries.  The third part covers the management of industrial waste that includes definition of scheduled waste, scheduled waste regulations, and techniques to manage the waste.

SKKK 3731  Separation Process Laboratory I

This subject introduces students to the equipment in the separation processes discussed in Separation I. This will give a ‘hands on’ experience to the students how to handle the equipments and to interpret the data taken from the experiments. There are also various types of packing and plate in the column (absorption and distillation) that are being used in the laboratory. Comparison can be made on the efficiency of each packing/plate after all the packing/plate types have been used. This subject also demonstrates the basic principles of different types of equipments involved in the chemical/bio-process industries such as liquid-liquid extraction, leaching and heat exchanger. Students will be assessed by their performance in the report submitted and by a test that will be conducted at the end of the course after the students have all completed the experiments.

SKKK 3333  Separation Process II

This subject introduces different types of unit operations and separation processes involved in the chemical industries such as particle technology, crystallization, solid-liquid separation, filtration, membrane separation processes, drying and evaporation. All of the topic is illustrated by detail examples and is accompanied by homework exercises.

SKKK 413  Engineering Economics and Project Management

This is a two-in-one course covering both Engineering Economy and Project Management topics. Engineering economy is the application of economic factors and criteria to evaluate alternatives, considering the time value of money. The engineering economy study involves computing a specific economic measure of worth for estimated cash flows over a specific period of time. Project Management is the art of planning, scheduling, and controlling of project activities to achieve performance, cost, and time objectives, for a given scope of works, while using resources efficiently and effectively.

SKKK 3761  Separation Process Laboratory II

This course introduces students to the equipment in the separation processes taught in Separation 1 and 2. This will give a ‘hands-on’ experience to the students on how to handle the equipments, obtain, analyze and interpret the experimental data. This laboratory covers particulate solid separation process, drying, and evaporation experiments. It will expose the students to the variety of the equipment that can be applied in the chemical/bio-process industries. Assessments will be based on report writing and presentation to the selected experiment that will be conducted at the end of the course after the students have completed their experiments.

SKKK 4163  Safety and Health in Chemical Industry

This course presents the principles and methodology for occupational and process safety and health in chemical industry.  In particular, it emphasises on the safety law and regulations, occupational safety and health management systems and also methods in safety and loss prevention. The course features extensive work group exercises as well as individual project and assignments.

SKKK 4153  Plant Design

This course presents the principles and methodology for product and process design.  In particular, it emphasises on the key elements of process design which include process creation/synthesis, process analysis, process evaluation and process optimisation in generating inherently safe, economic and environmentally friendly processes.  The course features extensive use of process simulation tools through group as well as individual project works.

SKKK 3741  Process Control Laboratory

This course exposes students to areas of process control systems in the chemical industry. It also teaches the students how to control the specific control variables through the use of simple PID control. Students will experience how to perform open loop and closed loop tuning method for specific process. Students will also gain hands-on experience in process control through experiments employing pilot-scale chemical processes.

SKKK 4824  Plant Design Project

This course is design to provide an opportunities to final year student to apply and integrate fundamental knowledge that they have learned from other courses to conceptually design an inherently safe, economic and environmentally friendly processes.  In this course, the student will explore various aspects in designing a process plant, which include project background, evaluate  alternative design and operation options, selection of process route, market survey, site study, gathering data for raw materials and products (e.g. physical properties, cost), constructing process flowsheet, mass and energy balance, heat integration, equipment sizing and costing, waste treatment, safety, hazop and assessment of project profitability. Commercial process simulator also will be used extensively e.g. ASPEN PLUS, HYSYS, DESIGN II to perform detailed (rigorous) plant design calculations and produce process flow diagrams (PFD). The project is carried out by a team not more than five students. At the end of the course, students should be able to prepare a comprehensive report and subsequently present their research findings. By completing this project, students will develop important generic skills such as, team working, problem-solving, life-long learning, creative and critical thinking as well as written and oral communication skills.

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