Chemical Engineering (CHEG)

5301. Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I

Three credits.

An advanced study of classical thermodynamics with emphasis on phase and chemical equilibria and applications to the chemical process industries. Kinetic theory and statistical thermodynamics with emphasis on the prediction and correlation of physical and chemical properties of gases and liquids, including mixtures. Theory and application of flames, plasmas, and shock waves.

5302. Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II

Three credits.

An advanced study of classical thermodynamics with emphasis on phase and chemical equilibria and applications to the chemical process industries. Kinetic theory and statistical thermodynamics with emphasis on the prediction and correlation of physical and chemical properties of gases and liquids, including mixtures. Theory and application of flames, plasmas, and shock waves.

5311. Transport Phenomena

Three credits.

An advanced study of transport phenomena and rate processes with emphasis on a differential balance approach. Designed for non-chemical engineers and chemical engineers with an inadequate background in differential balances.

5315. Transfer Operations I

Three credits.

An advanced study of momentum, heat and mass transfer with application to complex problems. Cartesian tensors, non-Newtonian flow, statistical theory of turbulence. Mass transfer in multicomponent systems and with chemical reaction. Mass transfer in drops and bubbles; two-phase flow and fluidization.

5316. Transfer Operations II

Three credits.

An advanced study of momentum, heat and mass transfer with application to complex problems. Cartesian tensors, non-Newtonian flow, statistical theory of turbulence. Mass transfer in multicomponent systems and with chemical reaction. Mass transfer in drops and bubbles; two-phase flow and fluidization.

5321. Reaction Kinetics I

Three credits.

Chemical kinetics and reactor design. An advanced study of chemical reaction engineering with emphasis on catalysis. Applications to stirred-tanks, fixed-bed, and fluidized bed reactors.

5331. Process Engineering

Three credits.

Applications of thermodynamics, kinetics, unit operations, mechanics, and economics to the design of process plant equipment and complete plant design.

5336. Optimization

Three credits. Prerequisite: department consent.

Advanced topics in optimization such as linear and nonlinear programming, mixed-integer linear and nonlinear programming, deterministic and stochastic global optimization, and interval global optimization. Example applications drawn from engineering.

5345. Chemical Engineering Analysis I

Three credits.

Techniques for the solution of chemical engineering problems including the solution of ordinary and partial differential equations, numerical analysis, and computer simulation.

5347. Process Dynamics and Control I

Three credits.

Dynamic behavior of chemical process operations. Distributed parameter and non-linear processes. Specification of control systems. Stability analysis. Optimal operation of chemical processes. Design of feedback and feedforward control schemes for multi-loop processes. Adaptive control.

5351. Polymer Physics

Three credits.

Modern concepts relating to glassy, rubbery and organized states of bulk polymers. Considers rubber elasticity, glass-to-rubber transitions, networks, elements of crystallization, blends and interfacial phenomena.

5352. Polymer Properties

Three credits.

Interrelationships between solid state structure, dynamics, and mechanical properties of non-crystalline and semi-crystalline polymers. Considers polymer viscoelasticity, diffusion, failure mechanism, and elementary polymer rheology.

5355. Polymer Structure and Morphology

Three credits. Prerequisite: CHEM 5381.

A fundamental study of the various levels of structure and morphology in polymers from the molecular to the macroscopic level, and how this structure influences the overall material properties. The principle methods used to characterize morphology are described for the analysis of amorphous and crystalline homopolymers, polymer blends, and copolymers.

5356. Adhesion

Three credits. Prerequisite: CHEG 5351.

A study of both physical and chemical factors controlling adhesion behavior. Thermodynamics, surface energy and surface tension. Intermolecular forces. Surface roughness effects. Mechanical evaluation of bond strength. Factors controlling adhesion durability. Chemical coupling agents.

5358. Composite Materials

Three credits.

An introduction to the mechanical properties of fiber reinforced composite materials. Included are discussions of the behavior of unidirectional composites, short fiber composites and laminates. Special topics such as fatigue, fracture and environmental effects are also included.

5363. Electrochemical Engineering

Three credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

Principles underlying electrochemical processes. Transformation of chemical and electrical energy. Applications of fundamental electrochemical laws to industrial processes, energy conversion, and electrometallurgical operations.

5367. Polymer Rheology

Three credits.

Analysis of the deformation and flow of polymeric materials. Topics include non-Newtonian flow, viscoelastic behavior and melt fracture with application to polymer processing.

5368. Polymer Rheology and Processing Laboratory

Three credits. Prerequisite: CHEG 5367.

Classical and modern experimental techniques for measuring the viscoelastic properties of polymers. Experiments include: creep, dynamic mechanical analysis, cone and plate viscometer, single-screw extruder, capillary rheometer, and extensional viscosity.

5373. Biochemical Engineering

Three credits.

Principles and design of processes involving biochemical reactions. Nature of biological materials, biochemical kinetics, heat and mass transfer, application to fermentation and other biological processes.

5374. Bioremediation

Three credits. Prerequisite: department consent.

Application of engineering and biological principles toward remediation of hazardous wastes. Degradation of toxic chemicals using genetically-engineered microorganisms. Biological contacting devices for waste remediation.

5375. Fermentation and Separation Technology Laboratory

Three credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

Introduction to techniques used for industrial mass culture of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, and methods used to extract useful products from these cultures. Metabolic processes, energentics, growth kinetics and nutrition of microorganisms. Synthesis of cellular material and end products. Heat exchange, oxygen transfer, pH control, sterilization and design of fermenters. Culture of eukaryotic cell mass. Immobilized enzyme and cell reactors. Product recovery methods of precipitation centrifugation, extraction filtration and chromatography. Formerly CHEG 384. Also offered as MCB 384.

5381. Water Purification Principles

Three credits.

An advanced study of the application of thermodynamics, transfer operations, and chemical kinetics to disposal and recovery of aqueous industrial and municipal wastes.

5385. Air Pollution

Three credits. Prerequisite: CE 5210 or ENVE 5210 or enrollment in a Chemical Engineering graduate degree program.

Sources and properties of air pollutants, atmospheric chemistry, dynamics of atmospheric pollution, analytical and sampling techniques, control and abatement processes and air pollutants.

5389. Chemical Transport Processes in the Environment

Three credits.

Movement and fate of chemicals within the air, water, and soils in the environments. Emphasis on interfacial processes and exchange rates involving surface water, groundwater and air pollution problems.

5393. Seminar

Zero credits.

5394. Seminar

Zero credits.

5395. Investigation of Special Topics

Variable (1-3) credits. May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Designed for special topics, or for individual students who desire to pursue investigations in a specialized field.

5399. Independent Study

Variable (1-3) credits. Instructor consent required. May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Independent study under the supervision of a Chemical Engineering faculty member.