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Introduction to Chemical Engineering

Course Notes
Faculty Member(Members):
Dimitris Vayenas
 
Undergraduate, 1st Semester
Core Courses
Course Number: CHM_140
Credits: 4
ECTS Credits:4

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course the student should be able to:

  1. Understand a flowsheet of a simple Chemical Industry
  2. Develop the physical and mathematical model of a process.
  3. Use fundamental equations and write mass and energy balances in simple processes.
  4. Use differential and integral methods for the treatment of reaction rate data.
  5. Write mass and energy balances of chemical compounds in simple physical processes and simple chemical reactors.
  6. Use dimensional analysis in order to extract equations
  7. Understand the concept of linearization.

Understand the concept of Residence Time Distribution (RTD) in simple single- and multi-chemical reactors

Competences

At the end of the course the student will have further developed the following skills/competences:

  1. Ability to understand a flowsheet of a simple Chemical Industry.
  2. Ability to develop the physical and mathematical model of a process.
  3. Ability to use fundamental equations and write mass and energy balances in simple processes.
  4. Ability to use differential and integral methods for the treatment of reaction rate data.
  5. Ability to write mass and energy balances of chemical compounds in simple physical processes and simple chemical reactors.
  6. Ability to use dimensional analysis in order to extract equations.
  7. Ability to understand the concept of linearization.

Ability to understand the concept of Residence Time Distribution (RTD) in simple single- and multi-chemical reactors.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisite courses. It is, however, recommended that students should have a basic knowledge of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.

Course Contents

Definition of Chemical Engineering science and activities of Chemical Engineers in Greece. Overview of the flowsheet of a simple Chemical Industry in relation to the courses in the Chemical Engineering curriculum. Physical and mathematical model of a process. Types of chemical and electrochemical reactors. Mass balances in simple chemical reactors and simple unit operations. Use of differential and integral methods for the treatment of reaction rate data. Dynamic behavior of simple reactors. Dimensional analysis. The concept of scale-up. The concept of linearization. Residence time distribution (RTD) in simple single- and multi-chemical reactors.

Teaching And Learning Methods

Lectures using power-point presentations and problem solving based on the syllabus of the course

Assessment and Grading Methods
  1. Problem solving by the students during the semester (1 unit bonus to the final mark if it is > 5)
  2. Written examination in the middle of the semester (50% of the final mark)
  3. Final written exams (50 % of the final mark)

 
*  those who participated in procedure 2 with a mark > 5 considers the final examination in the second half of the course syllabus. Those who didn’t participate in procedure 2 or got a mark < 5 considers the final examination with the whole course syllabus.