Students will be able to solve steady-state material and energy balances as they relate to operating lines and multi-stage separation units.
Mixture Phase Diagrams
Students will be able to read mixture phase diagrams (solid solubility, liquid-liquid, VLE) and construct mass balances from them using the lever rule, tie lines, etc.
Mass Transfer Coefficients
Students will be able to estimate mass transfer coefficients and use them to determine mass transfer rates across phase boundaries.
Students will be able to apply solution thermodynamics fundamentals to solve VLE, LLE, SLE, and GLE problems including bubble point, dew point and flash calculations.
Solution Thermodynamics Basics
Students will understand the fundamental concepts of solution thermodynamics including chemical potential, fugacity, activity, partial molar properties, ideal solutions, and excess properties.
Students will demonstrate effective interpretation of graphical data.
Students will be able to use a process simulator to design separation columns.
Solve Engineering Problems
Students will demonstrate an ability to solve engineering problems.
Solve Engineering Problems
Students will be able to integrate topics from various Chemical Engineering courses to solve realistic problems.
Students will exhibit critical and creative thinking skills for analysis and evaluation of problems and cause-effect relationships.
Students will be able to rationalize units, make order of magnitude estimates, assess reasonableness of solutions, and select appropriate levels of solution sophistication.
Students will understand and have a basic knowledge of how safety considerations are incorporated into engineering problem solving.
Students will understand and have a basic knowledge of how environmental considerations are incorporated into engineering problem solving.
Basic Separation Techniques
Students will have an overall understanding of basic separation techniques used in industry, the principles upon which they are based, and their limitations and assets.
Students will be able to set up and solve single-stage flash calculations.
Students will be able to design tray-type columns (e.g., number of trays, tray efficiency, column height, column diameter, product specs) and packed columns (e.g., height of column, packing material, column diameter, flooding velocity).
Students will be able to find the number of stages required for liquid-liquid extraction from ternary phase diagrams.
Students will be able to solve binary batch distillation design problems with and without rectifying stages.
Non-ideal Phase Behavior
Students should understand the implications of non-ideal phase behavior (e.g., azeotropes and partial miscibility) and the practical constraints of pressure, temperature, and available utilities on distillation column design.
Students will demonstrate effective reading of technical material.