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Chemical Engineering Courses

Courses offered in Chemical Engineering

CHME 200 - Mass and Energy Balance
Prerequisites: CHEM-237, MATH-102 or 102H, MECH-320
Corequisites: None
Minimum Class Standing: SO
This introductory course is the study of mass and energy balance for small and large scale industrial plants. The application of mass balances for individual species for steady state operation of systems with chemical reactions is discussed. The energy balances for components and systems will be analyzed to find the energy requirements for operations at industrial scale.
Terms Offered: Summer, Fall
 
CHME 300 - Unit Operations
Prerequisites: CHEM-347, CHME-200, MATH-203 or 203H, MECH-320, MECH-322
Corequisites: CHME-301, MECH-420
Minimum Class Standing: JR
This course demonstrates the application of fluid mechanics, phase transitions, and heat and mass transfer in chemical engineering. Fluid studies including statics, dynamics, and metering of flows will be discussed. Mixing and agitation processes will be presented. Heat transfer processes with phase change will be discussed. Chemical engineering processes related to distillation, adsorption, absorption, filtration, crystallization and drying will be covered.
Terms Offered: Winter, Spring
 
CHME 301 - Unit Operations Laboratory
Prerequisites: CHEM-347, CHME-200, MATH-203 or 203H, MECH-320, MECH-322
Corequisites: CHME-300, MECH-420
Minimum Class Standing: JR
This laboratory develops the basic skills needed to conduct experiments related to distillation, adsorption, absorption, filtration, crystallization, heat transfer and drying. This course will focus on the setup and operation of chemical engineering units. Analytical techniques including rheology, viscosity, density, UV-Vis spectrophotometry, and gas chromatography will be investigated.
Terms Offered: Winter, Spring
 
CHME 400 - Mass Transfer Operations
Prerequisites: CHEM-361, CHME-300, MECH-420
Corequisites: CHME-401
Minimum Class Standing: SR
This course will introduce the applications of chemical engineering separation processes. Binary separations and multi-component separations including distillation, absorption, adsorption, leaching, drying, evaporation, extraction, and crystallization will be covered. McCabe-Thiele methods, short cut methods, design of plate columns, plate and column efficiencies will be discussed. Practical applications of mass transfer rates will be covered. Design of gas/liquid, liquid-liquid and liquid-solid separation processes will also be discussed. Terms Offered: Summer, Fall
 
CHME 401 - Mass Transfer Operations Laboratory
Prerequisites: CHEM-361, CHME-300, MECH-420
Corequisites: CHME-400
Minimum Class Standing: SR
This laboratory course will apply hand-on experiments relevant to the principles learned in the Mass Transfer Operations course. Experiments will include Binary separations and multi-component separations including distillation, diffusion, absorption, adsorption, filtration, drying, evaporation, extraction, and crystallization. Simulated experiments will be conducted using ASPEN software.
Terms Offered: Summer, Fall
 
CHME 410 - Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
Prerequisites: CHEM-361, MECH-320
Corequisites: none
Minimum Class Standing: JR
This is an advanced thermodynamics course focusing on chemical engineering thermodynamics. Topics will include thermodynamics of closed and open systems with chemically reacting constituents. The course extends the basic thermodynamics to study chemical potentials, Gibbs and Helmholtz Free Energies and real gases. Vapor/Liquid equilibrium (VLE) with discussions of Duhem’s Theorem, Raoult’s Law, and other models for VLE will be discussed. Fugacity, chemical potential, and partial properties will be discussed. Phase equilibrium (Liquid/Liquid, Vapor/Liquid, Solid/Liquid, and Solid/Vapor) will be covered in detail.
Terms Offered: Summer, Fall
 
CHME 420 - Applied Transport Phenomena
Prerequisites: CHME-400, MECH-420
Corequisites: CHME-421
Minimum Class Standing: SR
This advanced chemical engineering course will focus heavily on mathematical interpretations of the principles of heat and mass transfer, steady and transient conduction and diffusion, and radiative heat transfer. Convective transport of heat and mass in both laminar and turbulent flows will also be discussed. The course will also provide an emphasis on the development of the physical understanding of the underlying phenomena and upon the ability to solve real heat and mass transfer problems of engineering significance.
Terms Offered: Winter, Spring
 
CHME 421 - Applied Transport Phenomena Laboratory
Prerequisites: CHME-400, MECH-420
Corequisites: CHME-420
Minimum Class Standing: SR
This laboratory course will introduce concepts of laminar and turbulent fluid flow. Heat and momentum transfer will be studied. Overall heat transfer and overall mass transfer coefficients will be examined. Experiments related to reactor start-up, transient behavior and steady state operation will be evaluated. Analysis of boiling, condensing, evaporation and filtration will be performed.
Terms Offered: Winter, Spring
 
CHME 435 - Process Control
Prerequisites: CHME-400
Corequisites: CHME-436
Minimum Class Standing: SR
This course will provide an understanding of the basic principles and methods underlying the steady state and dynamic characterization of chemical process control. This course introduces dynamic processes and the engineering tasks of process operations and control. Subject covers modeling the static and dynamic behavior of processes; control strategies; design of feedback, feed forward, and other control structures; and applications to process equipment.
Terms Offered: Summer, Fall
 
CHME 436 - Process Control
Prerequisites: CHME-400
Corequisites: CHME-435
Minimum Class Standing: SR
This laboratory course will apply the principles and methods of steady state and dynamic characterization of chemical process control. Modeling the static and dynamic behavior of processes will be performed using software. Heat exchange, reactors, distillation and separation experiments will be performed to evaluate the effect of process control strategies. The design of feedback, feed forward, and other control strategies will be applied to process equipment.
Terms Offered: Summer, Fall
 
CHME 450 - Reactor Design
Prerequisites: CHME-400
Corequisites: CHME-451
Minimum Class Standing: SR
This course applies the concepts of reaction rates, stoichiometry and equilibrium to the analysis of chemical reacting systems, derivation of rate expression from reaction mechanisms and equilibrium or steady state assumptions, design of chemical reactors via synthesis of chemical kinetics, transport phenomena, and mass energy balances. Topics covered include: batch, plug flow and continuously stirred reactors for chemical reactions and heterogeneous catalysis; and heat and mass transport in reactors.
Terms Offered: Winter, Spring
 
CHME 451 - Reactor Design Laboratory
Prerequisites: CHME-400
Corequisites: CHME-450
Minimum Class Standing: SR
This course applies the concepts of reaction rate, stoichiometry and equilibrium to the design and operation of chemical reactors. Plug flow, batch and continuously stirred tank reactors will be run at various conditions. Reactor analysis will allow for the determination of kinetics, catalyst activity and temperature dependence of reactions.
Terms Offered: Winter, Spring
 
CHME 480 - Senior Chemical Engineering Design Capstone
Prerequisites: CHME-450
Corequisites: none
Minimum Class Standing: SR
This is an advanced course that covers chemical reaction engineering, plant design, process economics and engineering ethics. Plant design topics include computer aided design, design strategy and design reports. Process economics topics include cost and asset accounting, cost estimation, depreciation, profitability and return on investment. A detailed design report is required.
Terms Offered: Summer, Fall
 
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