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Efficient and Effective Instruction in Process Simulation Across the Chemical EngineeringCurriculumOne challenge to incorporating process simulation instructional activities into the chemicalengineering curriculum is the placement of said activities. Placed too early in the curriculum,one might worry that students become overly reliant on the software, failing to truly understandthe fundamentals of mass and energy balance calculations and of equipment rating/sizingcalculations. Placed too late in the curriculum, one might worry that students don’t haveextensive experience with the software to effectively use it as a tool in the senior design courses.Inclusion of process simulation only in the senior design courses also results in a lost opportunityfor students to connect calculations/results from process simulators directly to the underlyingfundamentals. This paper and presentation will focus on activities readily integrated into thechemical engineering thermodynamics, heat transfer, separations and reactor design courses.How does one integrate process simulation exercises into these courses, without sacrificingcurrent instructional content? What avenues of approach allow the students to gain confidenceand experience with the process simulation software in these courses, so that they are well versedin its use when they begin the senior design sequence? Approaches and activities will bepresented so that others can readily adapt them to the process simulation program in use at theirinstitutions.
Toghiani, R. K., & Toghiani, H., & Pearson, L. E. (2013, June), Efficient and Effective Instruction in Process Simulation Across the Chemical Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19482
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