Chemical Engineering

Undergraduate study

Facilities for students

Our world class laboratories allow you the opportunity to gain practical hands on experience with industry scale equipment, offering students an enhanced learning experience.

Outside view - Igloo interactive learning environment
Inside view - Process plant simulation in the Igloo interactive learning environment

New £4 million state-of-the-art facilities

We have invested £4 million into the facilities in S-Building, home to our Chemical Engineering Department. This means new laboratory space and equipment has been installed since 2016 including:

State of the art pilot Engineering facilities – with the addition of new mezzanine floors, housing new equipment and providing flexible student space for computational and modelling work.

A new 87 seater IT Laboratory – for taught sessions, but also available for project work and private study.

A new Interactive Learning Facility – the “Igloo” that uses state-of-the-art software to create simulations of real-life engineering scenarios, e.g. working in hazardous areas of industrial plants. This will allow small groups of students to engage with realistic situations in a safe and accessible environment.

Using the Igloo virtual reality environment

First year lab classes examine how actual plant is controlled and students work in the Igloo and a remote control-room to simulate how communication and control is carried out in a real life facility.

Our laboratories are equipped with over fifty experimental rigs, including:

  • a double effect evaporator
  • five metre gas absorption columns
  • a pressurised steam canning retort
  • spray dryer
  • distillation column
  • three phase separator
  • membrane emulsification rig
  • ultrafiltration and vacuum filtration units
  • hydrocyclone
  • automatic continuous level control rigs
  • gas fluidised beds
  • liquid fluidised beds and particle mixers
  • plate heat exchanger
  • shell-and-tube heat exchanger.

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These teaching Labs are equipped with over fifty different experimental rigs. Each one is custom built to offer a learning experience of some of the most important and fundamental industrial process control scenarios.

These teaching Labs are equipped with over fifty different experimental rigs. Each one is custom built to offer a learning experience of some of the most important and fundamental industrial process control scenarios.

Get your hard hat on! Our newly refurbished pilot plant area contains pieces of larger industrial process equipment, including: plate heat exchanger, double effect evaporator, spray freeze drier, particle technology equipment and associated analytical instrumentation.

Within the Igloo Interactive Learning Facility, Virtual Reality representations of industrial processes are being used to deliver the experience of full-scale processes within a teaching environment. This helps with flowsheeting, troubleshooting, consequence analysis, process design, control and safety training. The VR facility is fully immersive in 3D and interactive, enabling students to control and troubleshoot the full-scale process

An IT facility for teaching aspects of chemical engineering where specialist software is used by engineers in industry. Also available for students' individual study when not in use for classes and out of hours. Split into 3 different sized zones with different capacities, allowing mixed use as well. The PCs are high specification, equipped with the specialist software required by chemical engineering students for their studies, in addition to all the usual general software applications. Printing, scanning and copying facilities are also available in the room. Capacity 86 (split 46-20-20 or any combination of).

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