Module Handbook

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Notes on the module handbook of the department Mechanical and Process Engineering

Die hier dargestellten veröffentlichten Studiengang-, Modul- und Kursdaten des Fachbereichs Maschinenbau und Verfahrenstechnik ersetzen die Modulbeschreibungen im KIS und wuden mit Ausnahme folgender Studiengänge am 28.10.2020, bzw. am 13.01.2021 verabschiedet.


Course MV-TVT-86405-K-7

Process and Plant Safety (2V+1L, 4.0 LP)

Course Type

SWS Type Course Form CP (Effort) Presence-Time / Self-Study
- K Lecture with exercise classes and practical course (V/U/L) 4.0 CP 78 h
2 V Lecture with excursion 28 h
1 L Practical course 14 h
(2V+1L) 4.0 CP 42 h 78 h


CP, Effort 4.0 CP = 120 h
Position of the semester 1 Sem. in WiSe/SuSe
Level [7] Master (Advanced)
Language [DE] German
Area of study [MV-LRF] Separation Science and Technology
Additional informations
Livecycle-State [NORM] Active

Possible Study achievement

  • Verification of study performance: proof of successful participation in the practical course / lab
  • Examination number (Study achievement): 10301 ("Process and Plant Safety - proof of successful participation")
  • Details of the examination (type, duration, criteria) will be announced at the beginning of the course.
    Compulsory internship (short internship report on a topic from the lecture under the guidance of doctoral students of the CSE Institute).


Detailed information about the lecture:

The lecture is held in 5 modules with the following topics:

  • Introduction
  • Risk management
  • Hazardous substances and dangerous chemical reactions
  • Modern protection concepts (model-based protective devices and end-of-pipe technology)
  • Retention systems for emergency relief from reactors
  • Dispersion of hazardous substances
  • Explosion protection and electrostatics

Are technical systems really safe? Chemical reactors, tank farms, petrochemical plants, high-pressure gas lines, etc. harbor risks - these are systematically examined in industry in order to establish several barriers to safety measures. The number and quality of such measures is determined by the possible effects in the event of an incident. How do you make such systems really safe? That is the content of the lecture!

At the end of the lecture there will be an excursion to a BASF facility.

Competencies / intended learning achievements

  • Learn about asset risk management
  • Identify and evaluate hazards from substances, processes and systems (Hazard and Operability Study)
  • Design safety equipment and define the necessary safety measures

Methodological competence:

  • Analyze the risks of chemical plants or plant components
  • Apply safety-related design methods to any processes and systems
  • Propose suitable measures to reduce risks
  • Develop modern security concepts for plants

Social competence:

  • Develop a critical reflection on the subject of plant safety
  • Communicatively enforce safety-related measures against economic requirements

Personal competence:

  • Develop a safety mind set (typical way of thinking of the experienced safety engineer)
  • Personally accept and live safety-related principles

Learning outcomes of the individual lecture units (2 lecture units are read per block, lecture unit 01 is only an introduction to the topic:

Learning objectives for lecture unit 02:

You can …

  • classify hazards with a technical risk analysis
  • define and assess risks qualitatively and quantitatively
  • use the risk graph to determine the requirements for protective devices
  • create and evaluate a plant safety concept
  • carry out a safety analysis for a plant

Learning objectives for lecture unit 03:

You can …

  • describe the effects / absorption routes of toxic substances
  • carry out GHS and REACH classifications
  • define safety parameters
  • apply the basics of occupational safety

Learning objectives for lecture unit 04:

You can …

  • recognize the causes of runaway reactions
  • interpret reaction calorimetric data (DTA / DWStau)
  • assess the heat balances of reactors

Learning objectives for lecture unit 05:

You should …

  • know the types and areas of application of safety devices
  • being able to describe the function and characteristics of safety valves
  • being able to show the way in which safety devices are designed

Learning objectives for lecture unit 06:

You should be able to ...

  • show the types and areas of application of retention systems
  • evaluate retention systems for chemical plants in terms of safety
  • propose emergency cooling and stopping systems as an alternative to relief systems

Learning objectives for lecture unit 07:

You should be able to ...

  • decide whether substances may be discharged into the atmosphere in the event of emergency discharges from reactors
  • describe the factors influencing the spread of pollutants
  • name and explain accident assessment values
  • give recommendations for the companies on what to look out for when relieving hazardous substances

Learning objectives for lecture unit 08:

You should …

  • being able to classify PLC equipment
  • be able to name the requirements for a PLC protective equipment
  • be able to reproduce the procedure for the design of PLC protective devices
  • be able to evaluate the use of existing PLC protective devices

Learning objectives for lecture unit 09:

You should be able to ...

  • name the prerequisites for the occurrence of explosions
  • define safety-related key figures and the explosion parameters and describe the associated concepts
  • propose protective measures to avoid explosions
  • evaluate existing protective measures on systems

Learning objectives for lecture unit 10:

You should be able to ...

  • describe the different forms of electrostatic charge and discharge on objects and equipment
  • evaluate existing protective measures and to give recommendations for the correct implementation of new systems


Will be announced during the event


Blackboard, PowerPoint, explanation on model, handouts, excursion

Requirements for attendance (informal)


The basics for the lecture contents are taught in the lecture. This makes the lecture suitable for mechanical engineers, process engineers, chemists, industrial engineers, etc.

Requirements for attendance (formal)


References to Course [MV-TVT-86405-K-7]

Module Name Context
[MV-TVT-300-M-7] Process and Plant Safety P: Obligatory 2V+1L, 4.0 LP