• Class Number 4494
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • John Pye
    • Dr Ye Wang
    • Dr Alireza Rahbari
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
    • Philipe Gunawan Gan
SELT Survey Results

Industrial processes account for a significant share of commercial thermal and electrical energy use worldwide. Increasing energy and material efficiency as well as the share of renewable energy requires re-engineering of mature processes and development of new technologies. This course provides an overview of state-of-the-art industrial processes that involve significant thermal energy flows as well as novel concepts. Throughout the course, there is a strong theme of fundamental thermal sciences with aspects of mechanical, chemical and process engineering. On completion, students will have skills to analyse and reform energy-intensive industries, including energy efficiency optimisation and renewable energy integration. Selected industrial processes and thermal science aspects are highlighted through in-depth case studies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to
  1. Identify and discuss the current status and development trends in industrial processing in Australia and internationally.
  2. Develop thermodynamic analyses of industrial processes.
  3. Apply heat and mass transfer analyses to industrial process devices and plants.
  4. Evaluate and critically assess the potential for decarbonising industrial processes.
  5. Develop and compare novel concepts for renewably-powered industrial processes.

Professional Skills Mapping
Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies

Research-Led Teaching

This masters-level course addresses the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with emphasis on the industry sector. As a advanced course, it is expected that you will explore the latest literature on specific industry sectors and seek out novel concepts for the improvement of industry energy efficiency and process decarbonisation. This is particularly the case in the group assignment for this course, which will be an open-ended project to examine opportunities in a selected industry sector. This project will require that you work as a research team, dividing up the work, collecting references, undertaking analysis, sharing results, and synthesising a final report based on your individual findings.

Field Trips

Possibly, and if so, optional. To be discussed in class.

Additional Course Costs


Examination Material or equipment

The exam for 2023 will be an in-person exam, unless circumstances change. It will be open book; you will be free to use any printed materials, including notes from class, books. Non-programmable calculators are also permitted.

Required Resources

All required materials should be available via Wattle, no purchase required.

For any students who have not completed a relevant course in engineering thermodynamics, a recommended textbook is Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics by Moran and Shapiro et al, https://booko.com.au/9780470495902/. There are some copies in the ANU library, or you can approach an undergraduate student to buy/borrow a used copy. For heat transfer, especially the topic on heat exchangers, Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer by Incropera and Dewitt et al, https://is.gd/BC9kG9. For heat exchanger networks and especially Homework 2, Turton's Analysis Synthesis and Design of Chemical Processes is recommended https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/0134177401. For chemical reactions, reactors and process analysis, Felder & Rousseau Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/1118092392/ is useful, especially for Homework 3.

A broader and less technical overview book helpful for this course is Sustainable Materials: With Both Eyes Open, http://www.withbotheyesopen.com/.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment. ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments relating to individual/group homework submissions.
  • verbal comments on request to individual students, and general (anonymous) feedback comments to the class as a whole.

We encourage students to request expanded feedback if they ever feel they would like it.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Other Information

Note: students undertaking this course should have previously studied some aspects of engineering thermodynamics. The course ENGN2222 is ideal, but any course that covers the principles of energy balances, laws of thermodynamics, entropy and preferably also exergy, will be sufficient. Some review material is provided within the course, in Week 2.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Course overview. Climate change, industrial emissions, policy. Start Homework 1
2 Review of heat transfer and thermodynamics. Tutorial (heat transfer and thermodynamics) Homework 1 due Fri.
3 Heat exchangers. Heat exchanger networks. Tutorial (Heat exchangers) Commence Homework 2
4 Pinch analysis, Tutorial (Pinch analysis). Chemical reactions, combustion and equilibrium.
5 Tutorial (chemical equilibrium), Mass and energy balances, unit operations. Process optimisation. Integration of renewable energy sources.
6 Petroleum industry. Petrochemicals. Polymers. Biopolymers and bioprocessing. Commence homework 3 (Easter break follows) Homework 2 due.
7 Pulp and paper. Kraft process, mechanical process. Ammonia and fertilisers. Homework 3 due Mon. Start group assignment
8 Lime and cement.
9 Iron and steel. Ironmaking, steelmaking. Ellingham diagrams. Electrolysis.
10 Non-ferrous metals. Alumina and Aluminium. Green steel. Hydrogen.
11 Carbon capture and storage. Life cycle analysis. Energy efficiency audits. Recycling. Smarter use of materials. Group report due Fri.
12 Group presentations. Review. Exam overview. Practice exam. Group presentations

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Homework 1 5 % 1
Homework 2 15 % 3
Homework 3 20 % 2
Group assignment 25 % 45 (123)
Final exam 35 % 1234 (5)

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


There are no specific participation requirements or criteria. Students are strongly encouraged to attend classes in real time and to contribute to questions and discussions. Good engagement in class certainly helps with learning.


The exam for 2023 will be an in-person exam, unless circumstances change. It will be open book; you will be free to use any printed materials, including notes from class, books. Non-programmable calculators are also permitted.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 5 %
Learning Outcomes: 1

Homework 1

Current issues in industrial energy use. Short 1-2 page critical summary of a relevant news article.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 3

Homework 2

Analysis of heat exchanger networks. Pinch analysis. Cost estimation.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 2

Homework 3

Chemical process analysis.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 25 %
Learning Outcomes: 45 (123)

Group assignment

Detailed evaluation of an emerging process, including presentation and report. Groups of ~4 students.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 35 %
Learning Outcomes: 1234 (5)

Final exam

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

Not anticipated.

Late Submission

Late submission of homework and group assignment is permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without a pre- or post-agreed extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Post-agreed extensions will normally require a medical certificate.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

We undertake to return all homework within two weeks of submission.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

There is no provision for re-submission of assignments.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

John Pye

Research Interests

John Pye is a renewable energy researcher, with emphasis on high-temperature thermal energy systems including thermal energy storage and solar-thermal energy, and on industrial decarbonisation, especially green steel. He has a BE (Mech) and BSc (Math) from Univ of Melbourne, and a PhD from UNSW.

John Pye

By Appointment
Dr Ye Wang

Research Interests

Dr Ye Wang

Dr Alireza Rahbari

Research Interests

Dr Alireza Rahbari

Philipe Gunawan Gan

Research Interests

Philipe Gunawan Gan

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