June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
22.590.1 - 22.590.16
Engineering Future Chemical Engineers: Incorporation of Process Intensification Concepts into the Undergraduate Curriculum. Process intensification encompasses a broad spectrum of activities focused on identifyingfundamental limitations in a chemical production route, and developing or combining processesto minimize resource utilization and optimize product quality. Process intensification is essentialto industrial competitiveness as it can enhance safety, increase operating efficiency, lower energyusage, reduce capital costs, reduce waste emissions and process hazards, or encompass several ofthese benefits. Improving processes by process intensification requires engineers to integratemany fundamental concepts and go beyond traditional unit operations. Currently, most chemicalengineers are trained in fundamentals using a unit operations approach where the material issubdivided between courses. Engineers are often taught how to synthesize a process by linkingtogether standard unit operations, but are frequently not trained to synthesize fundamentalconcepts in new ways for novel and efficient process designs. This project seeks to correct thisdeficiency through the development of process intensification instructional modules for use inexisting courses. Four core chemical engineering courses are targeted: fluid flow operations; heat transferoperations; mass transfer operations; and chemical reactor design. Over the three-year CCLIproject, activities/modules will be developed and incorporated into each of these courses, witheach activity/module focusing on a particular element from the process intensification spectrumand designed to also enhance vertical concept integration. This poster presentation will focus onthe activities and modules developed in Year 2. The preliminary assessment data collected fromYear 1 implementation will also be presented.
Toghiani, R. K., & Minerick, A. R., & Walters, K. B., & Hill, P. J., & Henington, C. (2011, June), Engineering Future Chemical Engineers: Incorporation of Process Intensification Concepts into the Undergraduate Curriculum Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17871
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