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Particle Technology In The Engineering Curriculum At Njit

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.347.1 - 1.347.13

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Robert Pfeffer

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Rajesh N. Dave

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Jonathan Luke

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Ian S. Fischer

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Anthony D. Rosato

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Session 1626


Ian S. Fischer, Rajesh N. Dave, Jonathan Luke, Anthony D. Rosato and Robert Pfeffer

New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ 07102

Abstract This paper discusses the development of a three-course concentration in particle technology at NJIT offered across the engineering curriculum which addresses the urgent need for undergraduate and graduate education in this vital field of manufacturing. Funded by an NSF-CRCD grant, a major goal is to integrate recent particle technology research conducted at NJIT and by researchers at other institutions into the three-course sequence. This educational initiative also address one of the main focus areas of NJIT’s recently formed Particle Technology Center (PTC), which is comprised of an interdisciplinary group of faculty from the Departments of Mathematics, Mechanical, Chemical, Civil and Electrical Engineering, as well as visiting scholars, post-docs and graduate and undergraduate students. The first course, entitled “Introduction to Particle Technology” which is intended for upper-level undergraduates and first-year graduate students, was given in the Fall 1995 semester and a detailed description of the topics covered is provided. This is followed by a summary of an additional course (“Image Analysis Applications in Particle Technology”) also given in Fall 1995, specifically created to familiarize graduate students with some of the special experimental facilities and analytical tools available in the PTC. An upper-level graduate course, entitled “Special Topics in Applied Mathematics: Particle Technology,” and offered in the summer 1995 through the Mathematics Department is also described. This course, although not specifically a part of the CRCD project, contributed to the implementation of the program through the development of course materials in modeling fluid-particle flows at low Reynolds numbers.

Introduction Particle technology is concerned with the characterization, production, modification, flow, handling and utilization of granular solids or powders, both dry and in slurries. This technology spans a host of industries including chemical, agricultural, food products, pharmaceuticals, ceramics, mineral processing, advanced materials, munitions, aerospace, energy and pollution. Recently, the US Department of Commerce reported that particulate products generate one trillion dollars annually to the US economy. For example, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. estimated that of the 3,000 products that it sold, 62% were powders, crystalline solids, granules, flakes, dispersions, slurries and pastes. A further 18% of the products incorporate particles to impart key end- use properties. In the chemical process industries, a minimum estimate of 40% or $61 billion of the value added by the chemical industry is linked to particle technology. Therefore the chances of our graduating engineers encountering problems related to particle technology in their future careers are very high, and it is important for them to be exposed to this subject during their education.

As a consequence of an NSF Combined Research and Curriculum Development (CRCD) grant, an interdisciplinary concentration of new courses in particle technology is now being created at the New Jersey

1996 ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings

Pfeffer, R., & Dave, R. N., & Luke, J., & Fischer, I. S., & Rosato, A. D. (1996, June), Particle Technology In The Engineering Curriculum At Njit Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia.

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