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MEC1501 Introduction to Process Engineering

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering


Every aspect of our modern day lives are dependent on the end products of a number of processing activities. The clothes we wear, the cars we drive, the fuel used to power the cars, the materials used to build our homes, the food we eat; are the end products of processes that converts raw material to the finished products. We achieve this transformation by numerous methods utilising a variety of processes each designed to perform a specific function in the transformation process.
For a product to maintain its competitive edge requires the optimisation of the transformation processes from raw material to final product. The effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability in obtaining raw materials, using machinery, and applying production technologies to processing activities requires understanding of the fundamental principles of a number of multi-disciplinary fields.
This introductory course provides the student with a basic knowledge of the technologies applied in a number of different processes. It is further expanded in the next course `Process Engineering Systems', where process systems are designed by applying the fundamental knowledge gained in this course, together with the theory and application of Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Computer Controlled Systems, sensors and actuators and graphic-user interface systems.
The aim of this course is to provide the student with knowledge of a wide range of production processes, including food processing, petro-chemical processing, mining and ore processing, and manufacturing. The course is structured to provide information on each process by discussing the equipment used, safety issues, sustainability, by-products, and control required.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2014 External
Semester 2, 2014 On-campus Toowoomba