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Integration of the Chemical Engineering Laboratory with a Focus onBio-Fuel Production. The production of renewable energy is one of the most important technologicalproblems that we face today. This challenge also offers us an opportunity to motivate andshape the early careers of Chemical Engineering undergraduate students. With this goalin mind, we have designed an innovative pedagogical model for the ChemicalEngineering Laboratory that is based on the central theme of producing fuels frombiomass. The most innovative component of the new laboratory is the completeintegration of new and existing experimental stations. The second part of the unitoperations laboratory course at the University of Washington was integrated to model abio-fuel production plant where student groups work on individual operations that makeup a complete process. This full-plant view of the laboratory allows students, for the firsttime, to evaluate the effects of their decisions on upstream and downstream plantoperations. Furthermore, it also provides a common framework to promote activediscussion and engagement amongst student groups. The transformation of the courseincluded the development of completely new modules for fermentation of biomass andthe modification of existing equipment and modules for the treatment, separation andextraction of product and waste streams. The new fermentation modules utilize internet-based remote monitoring technologies to track the development of fermentations whilestudents are outside of the laboratory. Fully interconnected units now define a commongoal of reducing costs and improving productivity and replace the original independentand unrelated experiments. The new structure also allows us to easily incorporate designconcepts, such as cost analysis and environmental compliance, into the laboratory. Theobjective of the re-designed course is to provide a realistic structure that is congruentwith what students will experience after graduation. The new laboratory structure is alsodesigned to foster leadership, creative thinking, composure under uncertainty and thecritical review of information. Furthermore, with the new structure, we also continue tomeet the original learning objectives of instructing students on the basics of experimentalplanning and reporting.
Pozzo, D., & Pfaendtner, J., & Matos, M. A., & Baratuci, W. B., & Borgford-Parnell, J. L., & Biermans, A. S. (2011, June), Integration of the Chemical Engineering Laboratory with a Focus on Bio-Fuel Production Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18283
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