Process Equipment Design

By Prof. Shabina Khanam   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 955
ABOUT THE COURSE : Chemical process plants include a number of important equipment such as reactors, distillation columns, absorbers, heat exchangers, evaporators, crystallizers, etc. Design of such equipment should be carried out a priory to set-up a process plant and thus, it is the basic step in a chemical process. The present course enables one to learn about the complete process design of Heat Exchanger, Condenser, Reboiler, Crystallizer, Evaporator, Packed column and Distillation column. Further, mechanical design of distillation column is also illustrated in this course.

Undergraduate students of Chemical Engineering. However, this course will also be helpful for those who have substantial industrial experience while working in chemical processes and designing process equipment.
PREREQUISITES : Basic knowledge of Heat Transfer and Mass transfer
INDUSTRIES  SUPPORT     : Any chemical process plant
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Minor 2 in Chemical
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 23 Jan 2023
End Date : 14 Apr 2023
Enrollment Ends : 06 Feb 2023
Exam Registration Ends : 17 Mar 2023
Exam Date : 30 Apr 2023 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction
      Classification of exchangers-1
      Classification of exchangers-2
      Basic design parameters-1
      Basic design parameters-2
Week 2: Double pipe exchanger-1
      Double pipe exchanger-2
      Double pipe exchanger-3
      Types of Shell and Tube exchangers (S&TE)
      Tubes and Shell-1
Week 3: Tubes and Shell-2
      S&TE design-Kern’s method-1
      S&TE design-Kern’s method-2
      S&TE design-Kern’s method-3
      S&TE design-Kern’s method-4
Week 4: S&TE design-Kern’s method-5
       S&TE design-Bell’s method-1
       S&TE design-Bell’s method-2
       S&TE design-Bell’s method-3
       S&TE design-Bell’s method-4
Week 5: S&TE design-Bell’s method-5
       Condenser design-1
       Condenser design-2
       Condenser design-3
       Condenser design-4
Week 6: Condenser design-5
      Reboiler design-1
      Reboiler design-2
      Reboiler design-3
      Reboiler design-4
Week 7: Reboiler design-5
       Reboiler design-6
       Reboiler design-7
       Evaporator design-1
       Evaporator design-2
Week 8: Evaporator design-3
       Evaporator design-4
       Evaporator design-5
       Crystallizer design-1
       Crystallizer design-2
Week 9: Crystallizer design-3
       Crystallizer design-4
       Packed column design-1
       Packed column design-2
       Packed column design-3
Week 10: Packed column design-4
        Distillation column (process design)-1
        Distillation column (process design)-2
        Distillation column (process design)-3
        Distillation column (process design)-4
Week 11: Distillation column (process design)-5
        Distillation column (process design)-6
        Distillation column (process design)-7
        Distillation column (mechanical design)-1
        Distillation column (mechanical design)-2
Week 12: Distillation column (mechanical design)-3
         Distillation column (mechanical design)-4
         Distillation column (mechanical design)-5
         Distillation column (mechanical design)-6
         Distillation column (mechanical design)-7

Books and references

1. Backhurst, J. R. and Harker J. H.,”Coulson and Richardson Chemical Engineering”, Vol. II, 5th Ed., 2002, Butterworth-Heinemann.
2. Sinnott, R.K., “Coulson and Richardson’s Chemical Engineering Series: Chemical Engineering Design”, Vol. VI, 4th Ed., 2005, Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann.
3. Serth, R.W., “Process Heat Transfer: Principles and Applications” 2007, Elsevier Ltd.

Instructor bio

Prof. Shabina Khanam

IIT Roorkee
Shabina Khanam is working as Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering Department of IIT Roorkee. She has completed B.Tech degree from AMU Aligarh, Aligarh in 2000 and M.Tech and Ph.D. degree from IIT Roorkee in 2002 and 2007, respectively. Her major fields of study are Process Integration, Energy Management and Modeling and Simulation. She has almost 9 years of experience in teaching and research. During this period she has supervised 1 Ph.D. and 14 M.Tech theses. At present 6 Ph.D and 3 M.Tech theses are in pipe line. She has published 29 and 24 research papers in different refereed journals and conferences, respectively. She has taught the course Mechanical Operations six times in her 9 years of teaching career.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 
30 April 2023 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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