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Syllabus for Indian Forest Service Examination of UPSC-Chemical Engineering

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Find all the information about the syllabus of Chemistry for Indian Forest Service Exam 2011 to be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission

Union Public Service Commission will conduct examination for Indian Forest Service for the effective management of forests starting 9 July 2011. The syllabus to be covered for the optional Chemistry is divided in two parts as mentioned below:

Section- A

a) Fluid and Particle Dynamics : Viscosity of fluids. Laminar and turbulent flows. Equation of continuity and Navier- Strokes equation-Bernoulli’s theorem. Flow meters. Fluid drag and pressure drop due to friction, Reynold’s Number and friction factor-effect of pipe roughness. Economic pipe diameter. Pumps, water, air/stream jet ejectors, compressors, blowers and fans. agitation and mixing of liquids, Mixing of solids and pastes. Crushing and Grinding Principles and equipment. Rittinger’s and Bond’s laws. Filtration and filtration equipment. Fluidparticle mechanics – free and hindered setting. Fluidisation and minimum fluidisation velocity, concepts of compressible and incompressible flow.Transport of solids.

b) Mass Transfer : Molecular diffusion coefficients, First and second law and diffusion, mass transfer coefficients, film and penetration theories of mass transfer. Distillation, simple distillation, relative volatility, fractional distillation, plate and packed columns for distillation. Calculation of theoretical number of plates. Liquid-liquid equilibria. Extraction – theory and practice; design of gas-absorption columns. Drying, Humidification, dehumidification. Crystallisation. Design of equipment.

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c) Heat Transfer : Conduction, thermal conductivity, extended surface heat transfer.

Convection – free and forced. Heat transfer coefficients – Nusselt Number. LMTD and effectiveness. NTU methods for the design of Double Pipe and Shell & Tube Heat Exchangers. Analogy between heat and momentum transfer, Boiling and condensation heat transfer, Single and multiple-effect evaporators. Radiation – Stefan-Boltzman Law, emissivity and absorptivity. Calculation of heat load of a furnace. Solar heaters.

Section – B

d) Novel Separation Processes : Equilibrium separation processesionexchange, osmosis, electro-dialysis, reverse osmosis, ultra-filtration and other membrane processes. Molecular distillation. Super critical fluid extraction.

e) Process Equipment design: Factors affecting vessel design criteria Cost considerations, Design of storage vessels-vertical, horizontal spherical, underground tanks for atmospheric and higher pressure. Design of closures flat and eliptical head. Design of supports, Materials of construction-characteristics and selection.

f) Process Dynamics and Control: Measuring instruments for process variables like level, pressure, flow, temperature pH and concentration with indication in visual/pneumatic/analog/ digital signal forms. Control variable, manipulative variable and load variables. Linear control theory-Laplace, transforms. PID controllers. Block diagram representation, Transient and frequency response, stability of closed loop system. Advanced control strategies. Computer based process control.

PAPER-II

Section-A

(a) Material and Energy Balances : Material and energy balance calculations in processes with recycle/ bypass/purge. Combustion of solid/liquid/gaseous fuels, stoichiometric relationships and excess air requirements. Adiabatic flame temperature.

(b) Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics: Laws of thermodynamics. PVT relationship for pure components and mixtures. Energyfunctions and inter-relationships-Maxwell’s relations, Fugacity, activity and chemical potential. Vapour-liquid equilibria, for ideal/non-ideal, single and multi component systems. Criteria for chemical reaction equilibrium, equilibrium constant and equilibrium conversions, Thermodynamic cycles-refrigeration and power.

(c) Chemical Reaction Engineering : Batch reactors-kinetics of homogeneous reactions and interpretation of kinetic data.Ideal flow reactors-CSTR, plug flow reactors and their performance equations.Temperature effects and run-away reactions. Heterogeneous reactionscatalytic and non-catalytic and gas-solid and gas-liquid reactions. Intrinsic kinetics and global rate concept. Importance of interphase and intraparticle mass transfer on performance. Effective-ness factor. Isothermal and non-isothermal reactors and reactor stability.

Section- B

(d) Chemical Technology :Natural organic products-Wood and woodbased chemicals, pulp and paper, Agroindustries–sugar, Edible oils extraction (including tree based seeds), Soaps and detergents, Essential oils- Biomass gasification (including biogas). Coal and coal chemical, Petroleum and Natural gas- Petroleum refining (Atmospheric distillation/crack/reforming)–Petrochemical industries-Polyethylene’s (LDPE/HDPE/LLDPE), Polyvinyl Chloride, Polystyrene. Ammonia manufacture.Cement and lime industries. Paints and varnishes. Glass and ceramics.Fermentation-alcohol and antibiotics.

(e) Environmental Engineering and Safety : Ecology and Environment. Sources of pollutants in air and water. Green house effect, ozone layer depletion, acid rain. Micrometeorology and dispersion of pollutants in environment. Measurement techniques of pollutant levels and their control strategies. Solid wastes, their hazards and their disposal techniques. Design and performance analysis of pollution control equipment. Fire and explosion hazards rating – HAZOP and HAZAN. Emergency planning, disaster management. Environmental legislations– water, air environment protection Acts. Forest (Conservation) Act.

(f) Process Engineering Economics :Fixed and working capital requirement for a process industry and estimation methods. Cost estimation and comparison of alternatives. Net present value by discounted cash flow. Pay back analysis. IRR, Depreciation, taxes and insurance. Break-even point analysis. Project scheduling- PERT and CPM. Profit and loss account, balance sheet and financial statement. Plant location and plant layout including piping

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