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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2023/2024
Scuola Scuola di Ingegneria Industriale e dell'Informazione
Insegnamento 097480 - INDUSTRIAL PLANTS A
Docente Calabrese Antonio
Cfu 10.00 Tipo insegnamento Monodisciplinare

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Insegnamento

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

The Course aims at giving the student the necessary knowledge and technical tools to critically approach industrial plants design. In particular, the course involves the identification and assessment of different planning solutions in the three phases of the design process: industrial plant design, implementation and management, with a particular focus on their interaction. Real-life examples are offered for most of the topics even by case studies and testimonials from companies.

The course targets the following goals, within the broader context of the programme, so as to empower the student capabilities to:

- understand context, functions, processes and performance, with reference to the industrial plants;

- design solutions applying a scientific and engineering approach, with reference to the industrial plants.

Risultati di apprendimento attesi

By the end of the course, students will learn contents and practices according to what defined in the learning objectives.

In terms of acquired knowledge and understanding, students will be able to:

  • Define a problem and its issues
  • Identify appropriate methods, relevant parameters, key data and assessment criteria
  • Collect data and information
  • Interpret and discuss the outcomes.

Concerning the ability to apply the acquired knowledge and understanding, students will be able to:

  • Apply theoretical methods to industrial cases
  • Demonstrate the ability to select relevant data and information for solving the problem and getting the required outcome.

Through in-class discussions about real cases and an elective project work, students will also acquire the skills to formulate a judgment, meaning to identify, select, analyse, classify and connect data in order to formulate possible solutions and rate them compliantly with the assessment criteria.

Argomenti trattati

The course contents are delivered through lectures and exercise courses.

The course covers the following topics divided in modules as per the description below:


Module 1 - Industrial plants

1.1 - introduction and general concepts

Module 2 - Feasibility study

2.1 - market analysis

2.2 - production systems design

2.3 - capability

2.4 - cost analysis

2.5 - investment appraisal

2.6 - risk and sensitivity analysis

Module 3 - Industrial layout

3.1 - product analysis

3.2 - material flows and relationship analysis (rel-charts)

3.3 - layout planning

3.4 - Muther model

Module 4 - Location problem

4.1 - contextual factors

4.2 - strategic directions

4.3 - methods and criteria

Module 5 - Strategy of operations

5.1 - strategic priorities

5.2 - production policies

5.3 - competitive goals of a production system

Module 6 - Quantitative methods for industrial plants design

6.1 - simulation as a tool for industrial plants design (from concept to detailed design)

6.2 - Discrete Events Simulation (DES)

Module 7 - Occupational Health and Safety

7.1 - principles

7.2 - risk assessment and management techniques

7.3 - OHS management

7.4 - principles and techniques for system safety

Module 8 - Industrial storage and material handling systems

8.1 - conveyors

8.2 - loading systems

8.3 - Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV)

8.4 - traditional and automatic store systems

Module 9 - Air conditioning and heating systems

9.1 - criteria for design

9.2 - human thermal balance

9.3 - types of industrial ACH systems

Module 10 – EPC contractors

10.1 - Engineering, Procurement, Construction companies

10.2 - organization and business models

Module 11 – Project management

11.1 - introduction to project planning, control, costs and risks

11.2 - software and tools


The contents of the Industrial Plants C course are those until Module 7 - Occupational Health and Safety included.

Obiettivi di sviluppo sostenibile - SDGs
Questo insegnamento contribuisce al raggiungimento dei seguenti Obiettivi di Sviluppo Sostenibile dell'Agenda ONU 2030:

Module 7 - Occupational Health and Safety (10 hours)

7.1 - principles

7.2 - risk assessment and management techniques

7.3 - OHS management

7.4 - principles and techniques for system safety




Modalità di valutazione

Students will pass the course after successfully taking a combination of (eventually) three different tests: written exam (mandatory), oral exam and submission/discussion of an elective project report.


Written exam

Via this exam, it will be possible to test students’ acquired knowledge and understanding and the application of acquired knowledge and understanding.

The written exam consists of a set of questions to answer (in order to check knowledge and understanding) and quantitative problems to be solved (in order to check application abilities); their assessment equally takes into account the formal development and the quantitative/qualitative content, so as to appraise the capability of each student to:

- identify the relevance of either contextual factors, or functions or processes with respect to the performance of a project, or of a plant as a whole, or of a component;

- set up and solve a problem related to a project, or to plant as a whole, or to a component.

The exam is an individual test through 3 (three) sequential sections:

  1. multiple choice questions: the student must answer correctly at least 66% of them in order to go on with the exam (otherwise he/she gets a fail mark),
  2. open question(s),
  3. exercise(s) (one or two for Industrial Plants A and one for Industrial Plants C).


Oral exam

Via this exam, it will be possible to fine tune the mark got in the written exam. The oral exam will be decided by the professor only, based on the result of the written exam.


Elective project work

Via this elective activity, it will be possible to propose an individual or group (up to three students) elective project work about one of the topics of the course, so to contribute to the final grading.


Final Grading

To pass the course, students must get a pass mark given by the written exam, eventually integrated with an oral exam (based on a decision by the professor), and the additional points (up to 2/30) of the elective project work.

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaIndustrial Plants - Compendium, Editore: Wiley&Sons, Anno edizione: 2021, ISBN: 9781119922568
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaW.Behrens, P.M.Hawranek, Manual for the Preparation of Industrial Feasibility Studies, Editore: UNIDO, Anno edizione: 1991, ISBN: 9211062691
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaBenjamin O. Alli, Fundamental Principles of Occupational Health and Safety (2nd edition), Editore: ILO, Anno edizione: 2008, ISBN: 9221204545

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