CP507 Process Engineering Research Project Jan–May 2012

Core Course to earn eligibility for Class Honours in the C&P Engineering Stream and Technical Elective for others

 

intended learning outcomes

 

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currently executed (or suggested) project topics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project report guidelines for paper-format (for experimental study and numerical simulation based projects) and for manual-format (for product-based projects) are uploaded.

Click here for a sample paper in paper-format.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intended Learning Outcomes

-        Ability to self-acquire new knowledge and skills

-        Effective management of time and efficient use of available resources

-        Ability to search and extract information from different sources and apply

-        Ability to be analytical in the formulation and solution of problems

-        Ability to use appropriate mathematical and other tools and techniques, equipment, and pertinent software and appropriate programming language

-        Ability to use laboratory and workshop equipment to generate valuable data, to perform tests, and to test a design data

-        Ability to analyze and interpret data and, when necessary, design experiments to gain new data

-        Ability to work within the real-world constraints in applying chemical and process engineering theories to real-world problems

-        Ability to participate in scientific and technical communications effectively with confidence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course Description:

Course objectives:

-   Development of enquiring mind and eager for new knowledge

-   Working experience in open-ended problems/projects

-   Exposure to the research and development potential in the Chemical & Process Engineering and allied areas

-   Development of skills required for synthesizing knowledge already gained in other courses and elsewhere

-   Development of the habits of comprehension, asking pertinent questions and engagement in active communication

-   Appreciation of the importance of taking interest in successfully carrying out a project

-   Appreciation of the importance of innovative approaches in successfully carrying out a project

-   Development of the awareness required for self-assessing progress throughout a project

-   Development of presentation skills by active participation and feedback

-   Development of critical learning and writing skills

Course coordinator: Prof. R Shanthini (accessible at 071-5326835 and at rshanthini@pdn.ac.lk)

Evaluation panel: Dr. CS Kalpage; Ms. SMWTPK Ariyarathna; Ms. AMW Menike; Dr. DGGP Karunaratne (Moderator)

Course credits: 3 GPA credits

Pre-requisites: A project proposal with the work plan and prior approval of the Head of the Department for the selected project proposal and the work plan.

Content

Time allocated

The objective of the process engineering research project is to mathematically model a process, such as drying, heat exchanging or bio-digesting and to experimentally verify the mathematical model.

90 project hours

TOTAL

45 eq. hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assessment Scheme: 

Assessment method

Percentage marks

Self-assessment via the self-assessment record maintained by the student

 

Stage 1 assessment on the project proposal, work-plan and the literature survey submitted before the 4th week via presentation by the student or student group during the 4th week.

20

Stage 2 assessment of the project work carried out via presentation of the results of the project by the student or student group in a seminar during the 7th week.

30

Stage 3 assessment of the performance in a VIVA during the 11th week and assessment of the final project report submitted during or before the 14th week.

50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Timeline:

Week

Date

Activity

Venue

(Time)

1

 26 Jan

- Locating a project supervisor and discussing the project proposal and work-plan with the supervisor

- Search for information required to carry out the project

- Literature survey

- Meeting with the course coordinator to finalize the project initiation stage

- Collecting the self-assessment record form from the course coordinator

 (8-11 & 2-5)

 

 

 

(2-3)

2

02 Feb

- Search for information required to carry out the project continued

- Literature survey continued

- Identification of available resources to carry out the project

(8-11 & 2-5)

 

3

09 Feb

4

16 Feb

Holiday

 

5

21 Feb

 

 

23 Feb

- Submission of the improved project proposal, modified work plan and completed literature survey to the project supervisor

 

- Stage 1 assessment (click for guidelines) by the Evaluation Panel of the project proposal, work-plan and the literature survey presented (click for presentation guidelines) by the student or student group

Department

 (Before 12 noon)

 

Seminar Room

(2-4)

6

02 Mar

Holiday

 

7

09 Mar

- Project execution commenced

(8-11 & 2-5)

8

16 Mar

- Project execution continued

(8-11 & 2-5)

9

23 Mar

- Stage 2 assessment (click for guidelines) by the Evaluation Panel of the completed project work presented (click for presentation guidelines) by the student or student group

Seminar Room

(2-4)

10

30 Mar

- Project execution continued

(8-11 & 2-5)

11

06 Apr

- Project finalization commenced + report writing commenced

(8-11 & 2-5)

New Year Break

12

18 Apr

 

 

20 Apr

- Submission of the project results to the supervisor

 

 

- Stage 3 assessment (click for guidelines) by the Evaluation Panel via VIVA of the project results submitted by the student or student group (maximum of 20 marks)

Department

 (Before 12 noon)

 

Department

(2-4)

13

27 Apr

- Project finalization continued + report writing continued

 

14

04 May

 

06 May

- Project finalized + report writing finalized

 

- Final project report (click for guidelines) submitted to the supervisor

 

Department

(Before 12 noon)

15

11 May

- Assessment of the final project report by the Supervisor (maximum of 30 marks)

Department

(8-12)

 

Note:

Any delay in adhering to the deadlines specified above could cost the student 2.5 marks per week of delay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currently Executed (or Suggested) Project Topics:

-        Priority is given to the project ideas originating from the students themselves. Supervisors from the industry and elsewhere are encouraged provided the primary supervisor is from among the academic staff of the Department of C&P Engineering.

-        Web sources for project ideas: Chemical Engineering Research Bulletin

-        Given below is the list of project topics currently executed (and/or suggested) by the academic staff of the Department of C&P Engineering:

Idea #
Project Title

Executed by

undergraduates

[supervisor]

1

Study of heat exchanger network at 01 unit area in Sapugaskanda oil refinery and its optimization using pinch technology

Mr. APP Asela, E/06/026

 [Dr. CS Kalpage]

2

Laboratory-scale experimental study and mathematical modeling of adsorption kinetics of dye in synthetic wastewater by activated carbon

Mr. IL Ariyaratna, E/06/022

Mr. AS Jayasinghe, E/07/149

[Dr. C.S Kalpage]

3

Experimental investigation of low cost materials for coagulant/flocculent systems for the turbidity removal from water

Mr. SHJA Jameel, E/07/143

Mr. AM Rishadh, E/07/299

 [Dr. CS Kalpage]

4

Continuous production of CaCO3 nano particles and applications

Mr. BAA Izzadheen, E/07/142

[Dr. DGGP Karunaratne]

5

Modelling and scaling-up of fluidized bed coconut dryer

Mr. YG Harishchandra, E/06/084

Mr. EMSN Marampanawa, E/07/234

[Dr. DGGP Karunaratne]

6

Sustainable design of a tomato box

Ms. PKGT Shashinkamali, E/07/343

[Dr. DGGP Karunaratne]

7

Co-gasification of biomass with waste oil

Ms. KRHU Ariyawansha, E/07/028

Mr. RMGD Rathnayake, E/07/288

 [Dr. DGGP Karunaratne]

8

Utilization of fly ash in cement

Mr. P Thanusanth, E/06/285

[Dr. DGGP Karunaratne]

9

Activated carbon production from saw dust

Mr. RPMU Chandrasekara , E/07/047

Mr. HAJN Sameera , E/07/316

Dr. DGGP Karunaratne]

10

Experimental study of the adsorption kinetics of the pesticide Chlorpyrifos in agricultural soils with different organic matter contents

Mr. SI Kodithuwakku, E/07/183

[Ms. AMW Menike &

Prof. R Shanthini]

 

no proposals yet. lost 2.5 marks for the week 8 to 15 Feb.

Mr. WMSC Bandara, E/06/035

Mr. GAN Dharmasiri, E/07/066

Mr. J. Bragatheeswaran, E/06/039

Mr. SMJ Sandaruwan, E/07/415

 

Experimental investigation of the treatment efficiency of three different permeable reactive barriers (PRB) for the treatment of leachate from open solid waste dumping (2-student group)

Source:

 

 

Experimental study of esterification kinetics of FFA in waste vegetable oil (1-student)

Source:

 

 

Experimental study of the potential use of dairy sludge in dye removal from water (2-student group)

Source: Sumanjit, Walia TPS. Use of dairy sludge for the removal of some basic dyes. Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science 2008: 7: 433-438.

 

 

Experimental study of the bioconversion of agricultural solid waste and Water Hyacinth into organic manure (2-student group)

Source: Parveen AA. Bioconversion of municipal solid waste (MSW) and Water Hyacinth (WH) into organic manure by fungal consortium. Journal of Sustainable Development 2010: 3(1): 91-97.

 

 

Experimental study of heavy oil cleanup using corn stem fiber (2-student group)

Source: Hussein M, Amer AA, Sawsan II. Heavy oil spill cleanup using law grade raw cotton fibers: Trial for practical application. Journal of Petroleum Technology and Alternative Fuels 2011: 2(8): 132-140.

 

 

Experimental study of the adsorptive removal of COD by locally available carbonaceous material: kinetics and equilibrium (2-student group)

Source: Kumar A, Prasad B, Mishra IM. Adsorptive removal of acrylonitrile by commercial grade activated carbon: Kinetics, equilibrium and thermodynamics. Journal of Hazardous Materials 2008: 152: 589–600.

 

 

Mathematical modeling of heat recovery from a rotary kiln (2-student group)

Source: Sögüt Z, Oktay Z, Karakoç H. Mathematical modeling of heat recovery from a rotary kiln. Applied Thermal Engineering 2010: 30: 817–825.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentation Guidelines:

Time allocation for each presentation: 10 minutes (not a minute more) to present and 10 minutes to defend the presentation

Content of the 10-minute presentation: Student is expected to guide his/her presentation using the assessment guidelines for Stage 1 or Stage 2 as appropriate. Further guidance could be obtained from the project supervisors and course coordinator (if necessary).

Note:  Printouts of the presentations must be handed over to the course coordinator before the presentation. All CP507 students are expected to be present during the entire assessment sessions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final Project Report Guidelines:

Submission mode: A hardcopy must be deposited in the letterbox of the primary project supervisor, AND a softcopy must be emailed to admin@rshanthini.com in *.doc or *.pdf format before the deadline.

Format of the report: Project report guidelines for paper-format (for experiment study and numerical simulation based projects) and for manual-format (for product-based projects) are uploaded. Click here for a sample paper in paper-format.

VERY IMPORTANT:

Keep in mind that word to word reproduction of material available elsewhere without crediting the source (known as plagiarism and is a serious offence) will earn you a fail grade in CP507.

 

 

email: rshanthini@pdn.ac.lk

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updated on April 03, 2011