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Tools for Teaching Batch Distillation Inductively using Process SimulationOne approach to active learning involves taking students through a guided exploration process; one whichensures students will observe phenomena and then be asked questions intended to draw conclusionsregarding the observations. In recent years, this has been called inductive teaching, but more recently theexpression “inquiry-based instruction” or related terms have become more common. Concurrently,simulation is becoming an increasingly important tool to perform these guided explorations as constrainedresources prevent operation of laboratory equipment during lecture oriented classes. This paper describesthe development of a tutorial to teaching students how to develop and conduct simulations using AspenBatch Distillation, along with the design of five inquiry activities modeled after the work of Vigeant(Vigeant, et al., JEE, 2011). This model begins with consideration of a scenario, followed by prediction,exploration, conclusion, and reflection. The five inquiry activities are designed to explore keyrelationships in batch distillation involving pressure, heating rate, column internals, and reflux ratios, andto also consider the safety and economic factors in batch distillation design and operation. The tutorialand activities (complete with suggested solutions) will be made available to faculty members uponrequest while in the refinement and testing stages.
Mott, L., & Seay, J. R., & Silverstein, D. L. (2013, June), Tools for Teaching Batch Distillation Inductively using Process Simulation Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22637
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