Course Descriptions

Chemical Engineering Courses

Faculty

Professors:Joanne M. Belovich, George A. Coulman (Emeritus), Jorge E. Gatica, Bahman Ghorashi (Dean), Edward S. Godleski (Emeritus), Dhananjai B. Shah (Chair), Orhan Talu, Surendra N. Tewari; Associate Professors: George P. Chatzimavroudis, Rolf Lustig, Nolan B. Holland, Sridhar Ungarala; Assistant Professor: N/A

Course Descriptions

CHE 300 Chemical Engineering Principles (4-0-4). Prerequisites: MTH 182, CHM 262, PHY 241. Pre- or co-requisite: ESC 250. Mathematical analysis of steady-state chemical processes based on conservation of mass and energy. An introduction to computer-aided design of chemical processes. Return to top

CHE 302 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (4-0-4). Prerequisites: CHE 300, ESC 321, MTH 283, and ESC 250. Evaluation and application of the laws of thermodynamics with respect to physical and chemical processes. Real gas behavior, solution thermodynamics, phase and reaction equilibria. Return to top

CHE 306 Transport Phenomena (4-0-4). Prerequisites: CHE 300, ESC 301, and ESC 250. Formulation of the physical laws of momentum, heat, and mass transport, with emphasis on their interrelationship. Application of these principles to basic transport processes. Diffusive and convective transport mechanisms. Return to top

CHE 307 Chemical Engineering Methods (2-2-3). Prerequisites: ESC 120, CHE300, and ESC 350. Co-requisits: CHE302, CHE 306, or permission of the instructor. Mathematical formulation of Engineering problems and introduction to Numerical Analysis. Review of software applications for non-linear and iterative calculations in Engineering. Introduction to Process Simulators. Preliminary Statistical concepts on experimental design, data collection, and analysis of experimental data. Introduction to preparation and presentation of technical reports. Return to top

CHE 308 Junior Chemical Engineering Laboratory (0-2-1). Prerequisites: ESC 120,CHE 300, ESC 350, or permission of the instructor. Introduction to common practices in engineering laboratories and preliminary statistical concepts on experimental design, data collection, and analysis of experimental data. Introduction to preparation and presentation of technical reports. Perform experiments on bench scale apparatus with an emphasis on measurements and statistical assessment of experimental data. Concepts examined in detail include: correlation of experimental results with engineering science, design theory, and statistics in engineering. Comprehensive technical report and oral report presentation required. Return to top

CHE 366 Bioprocess Engineering Principles (3-0-3). Prerequisites: Calculus I (MTH 181), General Chemistry (CHM 261/266), Cell Biology (BIO 308), and either Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BIO 306) or Biochemistry (CHM 402). An introduction to the fundamental concepts needed for the design of large-scale cell-based processes. Topics include: material and energy balance analysis of process equipment; the design of batch, continuous, and alternative reactor designs for growth of cells; heat transfer; fluid flow and mixing; aeration and agitation systems; downstream processing. Does not satisfy the technical elective requirement for chemical engineering students. Return to top

CHE 404 Chemical Reactor Design ( 3-2-4 ). Prerequisites: CHE 302, CHE 306, and CHE 308. Basic principles of chemical reaction engineering. Basic (Ideal) reactor description modeling, and design. Analysis of kinetic data. Isothermal and non-isothermal reactor design. Principles of catalysis. Reaction engineering principles in modern technologies. Return to top

CHE 408 Separation Processes (4-0-4). Prerequisites: CHE 302, CHE 306, and ESC 350. Study of diffusion mass transfer and mass transfer operation, including humidification, absorption, stripping, distillation, liquid-liquid extraction, leaching, drying, crystallization, evaporation, filtration, adsorption, and membrane separations. Return to top

CHE 420 Chemical Engineering Laboratory (2-4-4). Prerequisites: CHE 306, CHE 404, and CHE 408. In this course chemical engineering experiments are performed on both bench and pilot plant scale apparatus. The results are used to correlate the chemical engineering science, and the design theory taught in previous course work with the units' actual operation. Emphasis is placed on technical report-writing and oral report presentation. Return to top

CHE 430 Process Control (3-2-4). Prerequisites: ESC 350 and CHE 404. Introduction to the application of process control to chemical and physical processes. Return to top

CHE 440 Process Design I (3-0-3). Prerequisites: CHE 404 and CHE 408. Design of small-scale chemical systems with project and case study approaches, equipment and materials specification, economic evaluation of individual plant subsystems. Return to top

CHE 441 Process Design II (3-0-3). Prerequisite: CHE 440. Large-scale, integrated design of chemical systems within the constraints of return on investment, market forecasts, safety, and pollution abatement. Return to top

CHE 451 Agile Manufacturing (3-0-3). Prerequisite: Senior standing in Engineering, or permission of instructor. An interdisciplinary course in agile manufacturing. Emphasis is placed on re-configurable self-directed work teams, flexible structures, adoption of advanced technology, and quality improvements. Return to top

CHE 461 Principles of Air Pollution Control (3-0-3). Prerequisite: Senior standing in Engineering, or permission of instructor. The application of engineering principles to the analysis and control of air pollution; includes techniques of air sampling and analysis, atmospheric chemistry and transport, air quality standards, and methods of air pollution abatement. Return to top

CHE 466 Biochemical Engineering (3-0-3). Prerequisite: Senior standing in Chemical Engineering, or permission of instructor. Introduction to the fundamental concepts in biochemical engineering. Topics include enzyme kinetics, immobilized enzymes, genetic engineering, cell growth kinetics, batch and continuous bioreactor design. Return to top

CHE 468 Process Modeling (3-0-3). Prerequisite: Senior standing in Chemical Engineering, or permission of instructor. Review of the basic principles of transport of momentum, heat, and mass with applied problems. Numerical methods for solving more complex problems of transport phenomena and kinetics. Return to top

CHE 472 Principles of Adsorption and Catalysis (3-0-3). Prerequisite: Senior standing in Chemical Engineering, or permission of instructor. An in-depth study of the chemical principles governing the adsorption of molecules onto chemically active surfaces of catalysts and determining how this adsorptive interaction causes chemical reactions to be promoted. The course emphasizes the study of catalysts in industrially significant reactions, such as in petroleum refining. Return to top

CHE 474 Multiphase Reactors (3-0-3). Prerequisite: Senior standing in Chemical Engineering, or permission of instructor. Isothermal and non-isothermal analysis of kinetic data for gas-solid catalytic and noncatalytic reacting systems. Design of packed bed, fluidized bed, and moving bed reactors. Return to top

CHE 476 Multicomponent Mass Transfer (3-0-3). Prerequisite: Senior standing in Chemical Engineering, or permission of instructor. Diffusion and mass transfer as applied to stagewise and continuous operations. Emphasis will be placed on multicomponent, non-isothermal, unsteady-state operations. There will be a considerable amount of time devoted to computer programs. Return to top

CHE 480 Advanced Materials Processing (3-0-3). Prerequisite: Senior standing in Engineering, or permission of instructor. Use of fundamental principles in design and analysis of advanced materials processing, such as fabrication of semiconductor devices, optical materials fabricated by sol-gel processes, ceramic-metal composites, and control of morphology at submicron levels. Return to top

CHE 482 Introduction to Combustion Phenomena (3-0-3). Prerequisite: Senior standing in Engineering or Science major, or permission of instructor. Develops a foundation in combustion phenomena including transport and other mechanisms in homogeneous and heterogeneous combustion. Environmental implications of combustion. Elementary modeling and preliminary design calculations in industrial and modern applications of combustion, such as hazardous waste incineration, gas turbines, catalytic converters, and coal combustion systems. Regulatory concerns, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, incinerators and air pollution control. Return to top

CHE 484 Principles and Applications of Rheology (3-0-3). Prerequisite: Senior standing in Engineering, or permission of instructor. Rheological models for non-Newtonian fluids. Study of principles of equipment design. Return to top

CHE 486 Fundamentals of Polymers (3-0-3). Prerequisite: Senior standing in Engineering, or permission of instructor. Study of polymer molecular structure and its relation to physical properties, such as molecular weight distributions, gel point, glass transition, heat capacity, and viscosity; polymerization kinetics; condensation esterification, emulsion polymerization; methods of analysis, such as X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, and other important basic engineering properties of polymers. Return to top

CHE 488 Materials Selection and Specification (3-0-3). Prerequisite: Senior standing in Engineering or permission of instructor. Application of engineering of materials science principles in the selection and/or specification of metals, ceramics, and plastic materials for use in structural, mechanical, and chemical usage. Mechanical properties, corrosion, oxidation, and variation of properties with temperature are considered. Return to top

CHE 494 Selected Topics in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (3-0-3). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Topics of current importance in chemical and biomedical engineering. Return to top

CHE 496 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Projects (1-4-3). Prerequisites: Senior standing in Chemical Engineering and 3.0 GPA or higher, or permission of chairperson. Special individual chemical engineering projects under the direction of a faculty adviser. May be repeated for up to 6 credit hours. Return to top

CHE 496H Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Honors Project (1 to 3 credit hours). Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing, Honors standing or permission of university Honors Program, and approval of student honors adviser. Student will be involved in an engineering research or development project under the personal supervision of a faculty member. The specific responsibilities of the student will be arranged by mutual consent of the student, the student honors adviser, and the departmentís undergraduate adviser. May be repeated for credit. Return to top

CHE 499H Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Honors Thesis (3 credit hours). Prerequisites: Senior standing, Honors standing or permission of university Honors Program, and approval of student's honors adviser. Student will be involved in an engineering research or development project under the personal supervision of a faculty member. The specific responsibilities of the student will be arranged by mutual consent of the student, the student honors adviser, and the department undergraduate adviser. The culmination of this course is a written thesis that is approved by a committee of departmental faculty members. The student will also make a public, oral presentation of the thesis to Department faculty and students. Return to top

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