Mathematical analysis of steady-state flow processes including those with chemical reactions. Emphasis on general principles and techniques used in problem solving. Material and enthalpy balances as applied to physical and chemical systems. Heats of reaction. Recycle and purging. Digital and graphical procedures. Lecture/recitation.
Fundamental thermodynamic relationships and their application to non-reactive chemical engineering systems. Equations of state involving ideal and non-ideal behavior. Estimation and use of thermodynamic properties. Analysis of open systems. Lecture/Problem-solving.
The study of the basic concepts of thermodynamics, including energy, heat, work, enthalpy, and entropy. Equations of state involving ideal and non-ideal behavior. The study of the first and second laws of thermodynamics for open and closed systems, and the application of these laws and equations of state for the analysis of power and refrigeration cycles.
Unified treatment of continuum descriptions of momentum, heat, and mass transfer and analogies among the three. Evaluation and use of transport coefficients. Shell balances and equations of change. Molecular (laminar) transport and introduction to convective transport. Lecture/Problem Solving.
Statistical analysis of data from laboratory experiments which illustrate the basic principles of thermodynamic and transport properties. Emphasis on laboratory safety, statistical analysis of data, and technical writing. Lecture/laboratory. [W]
Analysis of fluid flow in complex geometries and porous media; unsteady heat conduction, convection, and heat exchange. Analysis and design of driving forces. Introduction to integrated fluid flow-heat transfer processes.
Statistical design of laboratory experiments which illustrate the principles of fluid flow and heat transfer culminating in integrated separations processes in pilot-scale equipment. Emphasis on statistical experimental design and analysis of data, instrumental analysis, technical writing, and oral presentations. Lecture/Laboratory.
Application of fundamental thermodynamic relationships to phase and reaction equilibria in chemical and biological systems. Solution thermodynamics; solid, liquid, vapor equilibria for ideal and nonideal systems; prediction of equilibrium data; chemical reaction equilibria for ideal and nonideal systems. Lecture/Problem-solving
Analysis of dynamic process and control systems including controllers, measuring elements, control elements, and system components. Design of controlled systems. Analytical and experimental evaluation of process dynamics. Dynamic simulation and stability analysis. Lecture/problem period.
Unit operations of chemical engineering pertaining to mass transfer and separations processes. Staged and continuous equilibrium separations including multi-component distillation, gas absorption/stripping and liquid extraction. Rate-based separations such as chromatography and membrane systems. Lecture/Problem Solving.
Principles of separation processes, mass transfer, reaction kinetics in developed and emerging applications illustrated by multi-scale laboratory experiments. Emphasis on analysis of safe practices, hazards analysis, kinetic data, computer simulation, technical writing, and oral presentation. Lecture/Laboratory.
The kinetics of reacting systems and the design of chemical reactors. Analysis of rate data; multistep reaction mechanisms, enzymatic reactions, catalysis and heterogeneous processes; design of single phase isothermal reactors, multiple-phase reactors, non-isothermal reactors, and nonideal reactors. Lecture/recitation.
Quantitative study of current processes. Analysis and flowsheet layout of typical systems; safety, health, environmental, quality control, and ethical concerns in design; economic factors in estimation, design, construction, and operation of process equipment. Lecture/recitation.
One of the central roles of chemical engineers is to design and operate chemical processes yielding chemical products that meet customer specifications. Metrics for success include profit, but increasingly also incorporates sustainability. This course provides students with the fundamental tools needed for process design and practicing the principles of green engineering. Specific topics will include regulations and safety, heuristics, simulation software, economics, impact assessment, and life cycle analysis.
This capstone design course provides opportunities for the application of all prior course work in the resolution of an industrially realistic or derived chemical process design problem in a team format. Teams demonstrate a practical ability to define the required technical challenge, develop relevant criteria to evaluate alternatives, and present the resolution of the technical challenge in both oral and written formats.[W]
Applications of high-level computer languages, spreadsheets, software, and computer operating systems as tools for engineering problem solving. Lecture/ laboratory.
Formation, structure, and properties of polymers. Thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers; stereospecific structures; polymer solutions and solvent resistance; chain conformation; molecular weight; morphology; transitions; condensation polymerization; free radical and nonradical addition polymerization; copolymerization; rubber elasticity; viscous flow; viscoelasticity. Lecture/laboratory.
ES 231, or permission of instructor
This course acts an introduction to foundational principles of physics, chemistry, and thermodynamics that occur in atmospheric processes. Students will explore governing mass and energy balances present in the atmosphere, and their application to fundamental weather, air quality, and climatological phenomena. Topics include atmospheric dynamics, cloud formation and microphysical behavior, radiative forcing, and chemistry in gas/condensed-phase systems.
Mathematical analysis of transport phenomena in biological systems, including pharmacokinetic modeling, diffusion and kinetics of biochemical reactions. Analysis of current drug delivery systems through problem solving, discussion of peer-reviewed literature, and laboratory experiences. Lecture/recitation/laboratory.
This course will set a framework by which to analyze and compare the engineering challenges associated with various energy technologies. The course will first review fundamental thermodynamics associated with energy production followed by the introduction of theory and technology for fossil based (coal, crude oil, natural gas, shale) and alternative energy systems (including biofuels and solar energy). Biomass extractions and conversions for the production of biocrude, biogas, and biodiesel will be studied in the context of a biorefinery. Both conventional and alternative energy resources will be compared considering economics, viability, and environmental consequences of production. An introduction to carbon dioxide capture and storage will also be provided as a means for sustaining the fossil fuel option. Through this structure, students will also lead explorations into other alternative energy options.
This course introduces students to the structure, properties, and processing of engineering composite materials. The emphasis is on the modeling and understanding the behavior of fiber reinforced materials. Topics to be discussed include: selection of fiber and matrix materials, strength and stiffness of fiber reinforced composites, elastic stress-strain relationships, laminated composites, fatigue and impact properties, composite-environment interactions, and the experimental characterization of composites.
An opportunity for selected students to engage in an individualized learning experience for a wide range of technical topics. Before registering, a proposal for the work must be submitted to a faculty member who serves as the adviser and to the department head for approval. Each student is required to submit a course portfolio, detailed in the syllabus, and present a summary of the work completed in both a paper and oral presentation.
An opportunity for selected students to engage in a high quality, hands-on, independent research experience. Before registering, a research proposal must be submitted to a faculty member who serves as the adviser and to the department head for approval. Each student is required to submit a course portfolio, detailed in the syllabus, and present a summary of project results in both a paper and oral presentation.
This program is designed and operated in accordance with the requirements of the Honors program as administered by the Academic Progress- Committee. [One W credit only upon completion of both 495 and 496]