Courses - Faculty of Engineering


Chemical and Materials Engineering

Stage I

CHEMMAT 100G
15 Points

Materials of the Modern World

Every aspect of daily living is influenced in some way by the materials that surround us. Ceramics, metals, polymers, and composites; each has its own properties which have, over time, influenced the development of modern technological societies. Take a moment to imagine a world without metal, for example, to see how central the science of materials is to everyday life. This course will explore, at a non-specialist level, the basic principles governing the properties and behaviour of a wide variety of common materials and examine their applications and limitations.

CHEMMAT 121
15 Points

Materials Science

Introduction to materials science starting with the fundamentals of atomic structure and bonding and how this builds up a microstructure to create a solid. Metals, polymers, ceramics, electronic materials, composite and biomaterials will be covered and the properties, advantages and disadvantages of each discussed. Considerations such as corrosion, degradation and failure will be studied with a focus on improving design and creating new materials for our future world.

Stage II

CHEMMAT 201
15 Points

Process Engineering 1: Introduction

Materials and energy balances with and without chemical reaction, materials and energy balances in multiphase systems such as crystallisation, evaporation, drying, humidification, dehumidification, absorption, distillation, extraction and filtration. An introduction to the most important unit operations in the chemical industry, design concept and safety as applied to processing.

Prerequisite: CHEM 110 or 120 or ENGGEN 140

Restriction: CHEMMAT 211

CHEMMAT 202
15 Points

Process Engineering 2: Energy and Processing

Introduction to thermodynamics for process engineering. The first and second laws of thermodynamics. Application of thermodynamic concepts in closed systems, flow processes and cycles, refrigeration and liquefaction. Classical chemical thermodynamics including concepts of chemical potential, fugacity and activities; their applications to vapour-liquid equilibria and reacting systems. Multi-component physical equilibria. Multiple reaction equilibria and system-free energy minimisation. Practical examples and applications.

Restriction: CHEMMAT 212

CHEMMAT 203
15 Points

Process Engineering 3: Transfer Processes

Fluid properties and statics (specific gravity, viscosity, surface tension, flow types, manometry). Modelling fluid motion (Bernoulli equation. Dimensional analysis and similitude: Reynolds Number, Friction factor, Prandtl number). Flow measurement (pumps/pumping and valves). Heat transfer including: steady state conduction, convection and radiation; and effects of geometry, force and natural convection. Heat transfer processes (correlation with flow processes, heat transfer coefficients). Applications.

Restriction: CHEMMAT 213

CHEMMAT 204
15 Points

Materials

Solid state transformation – diffusion, vacancies, solidification, nucleation and growth. Dislocations and plastic deformation, strengthening mechanisms. Mechanical performance of materials. Iron-carbon alloy systems and transformations (including pearlitic, austenitic, bainitic and martensitic), effects of alloying elements. Analytical methods: X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy.

Prerequisite: CHEMMAT 121

Restriction: CHEMMAT

CHEMMAT 205
15 Points

Process Design 1

Mechanics of solids and analysis of stress and strain. Introduction to materials selection. Design of thin walled pressure vessels. Application to the design of vessels, tanks, reactors, piping and heat transfer equipment. Introduction to the chemical industry, unit operations, line diagrams and process equipment. Report writing and oral communication skills.

Prerequisite: ENGGEN 121 or equivalent

Restriction: CHEMMAT 231, 232

CHEMMAT 206
15 Points

Applied Chemistry

Fundamental chemistry required for chemical engineering and materials engineering. Topics may include phase equilibrium, reaction kinetics, thermodynamics, surface chemistry, electrochemistry and polymer chemistry. This course will have an emphasis on problem definition and solution.

Prerequisite: 15 points from ENGGEN 140, CHEM 110, 120

Restriction: CHEMMAT 242

Stage III

CHEMMAT 301
15 Points

Transfer Processes 2

Principles of continuous and staged processes. Mass transfer in various media, systems and phases. Interrelating equipment design to mass transfer processes. Studies of selected separation processes such as absorption, solvent extraction, and distillation. Heat transfer with phase change; nucleate and film boiling of liquids.

Prerequisite: CHEMMAT 203 or 213, and CHEMMAT 242 or 206

Restriction: CHEMMAT 312

CHEMMAT 302
15 Points

Advanced Process Engineering

An in-depth analysis of selected topics that influence the design, operation, and performance of process plants. Topics include: particulate technology, particle mechanics and particle motions, non-Newtonian fluid flow, two-phase solid-liquid and gas-liquid flow, computational fluid dynamics, flow through porous media and packed beds, filtration, centrifugation, fluidisation, variable-analysis of variations in materials and product processing, membrane separation methods and optimisation techniques.

Prerequisite: CHEMMAT 203 or 213

Restriction: CHEMMAT 313, 316, 411

CHEMMAT 303
15 Points

Chemical Reactor Engineering

Kinetics of multiple reactions, analysis of basic reactors – batch, plug flow, and continuous stirred tank. Performance under isothermal, adiabatic, and varying temperature. Effect of semi-continuous, counterflow and recycle on performance. Heterogeneous reactions and catalysis, diffusion and reaction in porous catalysts, effects of external mass transfer resistance, fixed and fluidised bed reactors, gas-liquid reactors. Reactor engineering for biological and electrochemical systems.

Prerequisite: CHEMMAT 202 and 206, or CHEMMAT 212 and 242

Restriction: CHEMMAT 315

CHEMMAT 304
15 Points

New Developments in Process Engineering

Important current and developing technologies used in energy production, storage and management, both globally and in New Zealand. They include: energy sources and uses, biomass and biofuels, energy storage, petroleum processing, solar thermal stations, and photovoltaics.

Prerequisite: CHEMMAT 201 or 211

Restriction: CHEMMAT 317

CHEMMAT 305
15 Points

Materials Processing and Performance

Materials processing and performance are critical components of a materials science and engineering degree. This course examines the processing and performance of metals, polymers and ceramics. Topics include metal-making, casting, forming, and forms of degradation, such as corrosion. Emphasis is placed on materials applications for process engineering.

Prerequisite: CHEMMAT 204 or 221

Restriction: CHEMMAT 321, 322, 421

CHEMMAT 306
15 Points

Process Design 2

The nature and function of design – process conception, alternatives, constraints and their simulation. Raw materials, safety and environmental considerations. Flow sheet representation of information. Separation systems, heat exchanger networks, and specification of equipment. Process economics and project documentation.

Prerequisite: CHEMMAT 201 or 211, and CHEMMAT 205 or 232

Restriction: CHEMMAT 331, 756

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

CHEMMAT 712
15 Points

Chemical Engineering Seminar

An independent study on a topic or topics from the advanced fields of fluid mechanics, transport phenomena, heat transfer, particulate technology, chemical reactors, fuel technology, process simulation and control and other chemical engineering areas.

CHEMMAT 713
15 Points

Studies in Chemical Engineering

An independent study in advanced topics, current issues, new trends and developing technologies relevant to the field of chemical engineering, for example energy and environment, alternative fuels, process modeling and control. Topics are informed and supervised by leading researchers in the field and students develop critical assessment, report writing and oral communication skills through independent projects and seminars.

CHEMMAT 717
15 Points

Electrochemical Engineering

The thermodynamics of aluminium electrolysis; heat and mass balance; components of the cell voltage; anode effect and its mitigation, resistance and voltage tracking; cell magnetics and magnetic modelling.

Corequisite: CHEMMAT 718, 726, 727

CHEMMAT 718
15 Points

Aluminium Reduction Process Operations

Monitoring overall aluminium cell performance – what are the appropriate parameters to measure, how are they measured and how are they used for process control? Optimising cell performance, scheduling of operations, dealing with process excursions, metal treatment and quality. Novel cell designs.

Corequisite: CHEMMAT 717, 726, 727

CHEMMAT 721
15 Points

Advanced Materials

An advanced course with emphasis on new developments in materials science and engineering and their impact on technology and society, for example surface engineering, nanomaterials and composites, alloy development, high performance ceramics, powder processing, biomaterials. Students develop critical assessment, report writing and oral communication skills through independent projects and seminars.

CHEMMAT 722
15 Points

Materials Seminar

An independent study on a topic or topics in the field of materials to be determined each year by the Head of Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering.

CHEMMAT 724
15 Points

Advanced Materials Characterisation

The underlying theory essential to understanding modern methods of advanced materials analysis including: electron microscopy, surface analysis, atomic force microscopy and nanoindentation. Teaching is highly research informed with examples drawn from the Research Centre for Surface and Materials Science (RCSMS) and involves principles, practical experience and independent project work related to the application of these techniques.

Prerequisite: CHEMMAT 305 or 322

CHEMMAT 726
15 Points

The Light Metals Industry

An overview of the light metals, Ti, Al and Mg, their chemistry, metallurgy and processing. It also deals with trends in the global light metals production and uses and recent advances in extending applications for these materials; economics of feedstock and materials selection and availability; power supply and management; efficient use of equipment and resources; and environmental issues.

Corequisite: CHEMMAT 717, 718, 727

CHEMMAT 727
15 Points

Materials Performance and Selection for Light Metals Processing

Performance requirements of anodes, cathodes, cell refractories and other aluminium cell construction materials are assessed. Techniques for monitoring materials performance in operation and post operation (autopsies) are discussed. This course also covers materials specifications, how well they predict performance in the aluminium cell as well as the relationship between the fabrication of the cell components and their performance. New materials.

Corequisite: CHEMMAT 717, 718, 726

CHEMMAT 732
30 Points

CHEMMAT 732A
15 Points

CHEMMAT 732B
15 Points

Advanced Design Project

An advanced design project utilising the application of the specialised knowledge required for the design and manufacture of a sophisticated product based on multiple plastics materials. Detailed considerations will include material and process selection, mould design, costing and economics, and environmental impact.

To complete this course students must enrol in CHEMMAT 732 A and B, or CHEMMAT 732

CHEMMAT 750A
15 Points

CHEMMAT 750B
15 Points

Design Project

Specification, planning and executing a specific process design project. The detailed considerations in the project to include environmental impact, safety and occupational health issues, material selection, process energy demand and efficiency, costing and economics, process start-up and operation.

Prerequisite: CHEMMAT 306 or 331

Restriction: CHEMMAT 431, 432

To complete this course students must enrol in CHEMMAT 750 A and B

CHEMMAT 751A
15 Points

CHEMMAT 751B
15 Points

Research Project

Students are required to submit a report on independent investigation carried out on a topic assigned by the Head of Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering. The work shall be supervised by a member of staff.

Restriction: CHEMMAT 441, 442

To complete this course students must enrol in CHEMMAT 751 A and B

CHEMMAT 752
15 Points

Process Dynamics and Control

Application of mathematical modelling and simulation for understanding modern methods of process control via open-ended workshop study projects. Includes rigorous treatment of control fundamentals (dynamics, hardware, transient analysis, feedback, tuning), advanced classical control (feed-forward, cascade), and advanced control (multiple variable control, whole plant control and model predictive control). Research informed with examples from the Industrial Information and Control Centre (I2C2).

Prerequisite: ENGSCI 211

Restriction: CHEMMAT 311, 411, 412

CHEMMAT 753
15 Points

Biomaterials and Applications

In-depth coverage of biological materials, biomaterials and their applications. Topics include genes, cells, proteins, tissue, organs and joints. Applications include drug delivery, tissue engineering and implant designs. Individual and team research projects apply advanced concepts and methods to design and implement a scaffold or implant prototype.

Prerequisite: BIOMENG 221, or CHEMMAT 204 and 205, or CHEMMAT 221 and 232

Restriction: CHEMMAT 422

CHEMMAT 754
15 Points

Materials Performance Enhancement

Materials under extreme service conditions – surface engineering, high-temperature corrosion/oxidation. Nanomaterials and nanotechnology – special properties, synthesis and processing techniques, applications in sensing, catalysis and biomedical areas. Advanced manufacturing technology – additive manufacturing, powder metallurgy, and sustainable/green manufacturing. Selected advanced concepts in materials performance enhancement are taught through research based individual projects.

Prerequisite: CHEMMAT 121, and 305 or 322 or equivalent

Restriction: CHEMMAT 423

CHEMMAT 755
15 Points

Materials for Energy and Environmental Applications

Electronic properties of materials. Applications in energy storage. Smart materials and devices – magnetic and dielectric materials, sensors and actuators, recording devices. Materials for environmental applications – photo-catalysis and environmental cleaning, membrane materials, and eco-materials. Core concepts related to energy and environmental applications are extended by individual research projects on selected topics.

Prerequisite: CHEMMAT 121, and 305 or 322 or equivalent

Restriction: CHEMMAT 424

CHEMMAT 756
15 Points

Food Process Engineering

Application of engineering principles to food processing. Topics include: heating and thermal processing, cooling, freezing and thawing, evaporation, dehydration, the use of membranes and packaging. Innovative food processes: high pressure, pulsed electric, UV, ultrasounds and ohmic heating/cooking, and fundamental areas of engineering relevant for food processing such as heat and mass transfer. Process impact on food safety, quality and preservation.

Prerequisite: CHEMMAT 201 or 211, and 15 points from ENGGEN 150, ENGSCI 111, MATHS 108, 110

Restriction: CHEMMAT 463

CHEMMAT 757
15 Points

Engineering Biotechnology

Principles of biochemical engineering. Exploitation of bioreaction and bioprocess systems. Enzyme and microbial reaction kinetics, bioreactor design and downstream processing. Examples of biochemical process and food industry applications.

Prerequisite: ENGSCI 111 or equivalent

Restriction: CHEMMAT 361, 464, FOODSCI 704

CHEMMAT 771
15 Points

Advanced Food Process Technology

Advanced knowledge essential for the application of food process technology. Topics include advanced food processing technology in specific food sectors strategic to New Zealand including dairy processing, meat processing, fruit and vegetable processing, seafood processing, wine processing. Teaching is highly research informed and involves principles, practice and independent project work related to the application of these skills.

CHEMMAT 772
15 Points

Advanced Food Process Engineering

Critical evaluation of the latest research and development in innovative thermal and non-thermal food processing technology. Open-ended application of these latest developments to different specific end-point food processing requirements. Teaching is highly research informed with principles, application examples and related individual research project work.

CHEMMAT 773
15 Points

Food Process Systems Engineering

Advanced understanding of the theory and application of process systems engineering for the food industry. Includes advanced process analytical technology, real-time quality control, multivariate data analysis, advanced statistical process control, advanced control methods and strategies, and real-time optimisation. Teaching is highly research informed with examples from the Industrial Information and Control Centre (I2C2) and includes an independent laboratory based project.

CHEMMAT 774A
15 Points

CHEMMAT 774B
45 Points

Food Process Engineering Research Project

A structured supervised research project addressing a topic relevant to the development and commercialisation of food process engineering technologies.

Restriction: CHEMMAT 775, 776, 777

To complete this course students must enrol in CHEMMAT 774 A and B

CHEMMAT 775A
30 Points

CHEMMAT 775B
30 Points

Food Process Engineering Research Project

A structured supervised research project addressing a topic relevant to the development and commercialisation of food process engineering technologies.

Restriction: CHEMMAT 774, 776, 777

To complete this course students must enrol in CHEMMAT 775 A and B

CHEMMAT 776A
30 Points

CHEMMAT 776B
60 Points

Food Process Engineering Research Portfolio

A structured supervised research portfolio addressing a topic relevant to the development and commercialisation of food process engineering technologies.

Restriction: CHEMMAT 774, 775, 777

To complete this course students must enrol in CHEMMAT 776 A and B

CHEMMAT 777A
45 Points

CHEMMAT 777B
45 Points

Food Process Engineering Research Portfolio

A structured supervised research portfolio addressing a topic relevant to the development and commercialisation of food process engineering technologies.

Restriction: CHEMMAT 774, 775, 776

To complete this course students must enrol in CHEMMAT 777 A and B

CHEMMAT 778
15 Points

Dairy Process Engineering

Industry-focused advanced topics in post-farm-gate processing of milk including liquid milk, powdered dairy and fermented products. Waste and high value product recovery from milk processing. Trends in global dairy industry including new development in food physics and chemistry, new products and processes, design and production of novel foods. Includes individual project-based work, laboratory work and completion of a group-based project. Includes independent research to create unique innovative solutions to an open-ended problem.

CHEMMAT 779A
15 Points

CHEMMAT 779B
15 Points

Food Engineering Research Project

A structured supervised research project addressing a topic relevant to the development and commercialisation of food process engineering technologies.

Restriction: CHEMMAT 774, 775, 776, 777

To complete this course students must enrol in CHEMMAT 779 A and B

CHEMMAT 787
15 Points

Project X

Students are required to submit a report on a topic assigned by the appropriate Head of Department.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

CHEMMAT 788A
15 Points

CHEMMAT 788B
15 Points

Project Y

Students are required to submit a report on a topic assigned by the appropriate Head of Department.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

To complete this course students must enrol in CHEMMAT 788 A and B

CHEMMAT 789
30 Points

Project Z

Students are required to submit a report on a topic assigned by the appropriate Head of Department.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

CHEMMAT 795
45 Points

CHEMMAT 795A
15 Points

CHEMMAT 795B
30 Points

Research Project (Chemical and Materials)

Students are required to submit a report on a topic relevant to the specialisation, as assigned by the appropriate Head of Department.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

To complete this course students must enrol in CHEMMAT 795 A and B, or CHEMMAT 795

CHEMMAT 796A
60 Points

CHEMMAT 796B
60 Points

ME Thesis (Chemical and Materials)

Students are required to submit a thesis on a topic assigned by the appropriate Head of Department.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

To complete this course students must enrol in CHEMMAT 796 A and B

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