Associate Professor Brian Earl - People - Chemical and Process Engineering - University of Canterbury - New Zealand
Associate Professor Brian Earl

Associate Professor Brian Earl


Retired Associate Professor


BSc, BE(Hons), PhD, CEng, FIChemE, FNZIC, FIPENZ



Contact Details

Phone: +64 3 364 2142 (direct)
Internal phone: 6142

Postal Address:
Department of Chemical and Process Engineering 
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand


Brian Earl is recently retired but is still an occasional lecturer in the Department and helps with final year process design and joint supervision of graduate students. He is a consultant to a number of NZ and Australian companies on corrosion or process design matters. He is the current chair of the management committee of SCENZ (Society for Chemical Engineers, New Zealand). He has served on the Clean Air Council, Regional Council resource hearing panels, a Ministerial tribunal, the Board of Wool Research Organisation of NZ from 1983 to 1997 and was head of Department from 1989 to 1998. He is a frequent visiting professor to the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Research Interests

Computer-Aided Process Design
This research is concerned with the development of computer packages as design tools for flow-sheeting and process plant design, particularly for gasification and synthetic fuel plants. Work is also in progress on the use of expert systems in design.

Alternative Fuels
The potential of methanol as a petrol extender and as a fuel in its own right for spark ignition engines has been extensively studied both for its fuel behaviour and for its compatibility with fuel system components and its effect on emissions. More recent studies have concentrated on alternative fuels for diesel engines.

The Electrochemistry of Aluminium
The kinetics of the aluminium electrodes in aqueous and non aqueous solution has been extensively studied over many years. This work is now being extended to specific aluminium alloys in alkaline solutions which are envisaged for Al/air batteries.

Department Administration

Recent Publications

Selected Publications
Earl, W.B. Process Engineering Design - The Hagyard Legacy ? Progress and Practice in Chemical and Process Engineering , seminar proceedings, University of Canterbury, May 1994. 83-86.

Earl, W.B., Bell, R.J., Simmers, A.J., Whineray, F.S., Ford, B.P., Patience, D.B. and Waters, H.B. The production of R 134a. Proceedings of IPENZ Conference, Nelson, New Zealand , February 1994.

Earl, W.B., Chok, T.C., Aitken, R.M. and Drumm, A.L. Control valve sizing and selection expert system. Proceedings IASTED International Conference on Modelling, Simulation and Control , Ottawa, Canada, May 1994.

Earl, W.B., Narayanan, S., Ngugan, D., Tu, R. and Vuong, B. Methanol production by slurry process. Proceedings of the IPENZ Conference, Dunedin, NZ, Feb 1996.

Earl, W.B., Croft, J. and Yeates, P. Azelaic Acid Production from Oleic Acid. Proceedings of the IPENZ Conference , Wellington, New Zealand, Feb 1997.

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