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Chemical Engineering (CHE)

Chairperson: Professor Bose

212 Chemical Process Calculations (3)

Orientation to chemical and biological engineering, material and energy balance computations on chemical processes, use of gas laws, vapor pressure, humidity, solubility, and crystallization. (Lec. 3) Pre: CHM 112 or 192.

272 Introduction to Chemical Engineering Calculations (3)

Introduction to the use of computers and numerical methods, including numerical solution of differential equations as applied to chemical and biological engineering. (Lec. 3) Pre: 212 and MTH 243.

313 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I (3)

Applications of the first, second, and third laws of thermodynamics involving thermophysics, thermochemistry, energy balances, combustion, power cycles, refrigeration, and properties of pure fluids. (Lec. 2, Lab. 3) Pre: 212 or CHM 431 and MTH 243.

314 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II (3)

Continuation of 313 with applications to thermodynamics of mixtures, phase and chemical equilibria. (Lec. 2, Lab. 3) Pre: 313.

322 Chemical Engineering Microlaboratory (2)

Use of microprocessors, A/D and D/A converters, sensors, and control hardware to analyze and control laboratory-scale processes. (Lab. 6) Pre: credit or concurrent enrollment in 348.

328 Industrial Plants (1)

Field trips to nearby plants demonstrating various phases of chemical engineering. Written reports are required. (Lab. 3) Pre: 348.

332 Physical Metallurgy (3)

Fundamentals of physical metallurgy as they apply particularly to the engineering metals and their alloys. Properties, characteristics, and structure of metals, theory of alloys, thermal processing, and studies in corrosion. (Lec. 2, Lab. 3) Not open to students with credit in 333 or 437. Pre: CHM 101, 103, or 191.

333 Engineering Materials (3)

First course in engineering materials devoted largely, but not exclusively, to physical metallurgy. Includes structure and properties of pure substances and binary systems at equilibrium and, when used intentionally, at nonequilibrium. (Lec. 2, Lab. 3) Pre: junior standing or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit in 332 or 437.

340 Materials Processing and Metrology I

See Industrial and Systems Engineering 340.

345, 346 Chemical Engineering Laboratory (2 each)

Quantitative studies illustrating chemical engineering principles. Emphasis on report writing and the interpretation of experimental data. (Lab. 6) Pre: 348.

347 Transfer Operations I (3)

Dimensional analysis; fluid statics; mass, energy, and momentum balances for fluid systems, boundary layers, turbulence, incompressible flow; flow through fixed beds of solids and fluidized beds; filtration. (Lec. 3) Pre: MTH 243.

348 Transfer Operations II (3)

Heat transfer: conduction, convection, radiation. Mass transfer: distillation, liquid extraction, gas absorption; staged and differential contact. (Lec. 2, Lab. 3) Pre: 347.

349 Transfer Operations III (2)

Diffusion and mass transfer, humidification and dehumidification, water cooling, absorption and ion exchange, drying, leaching. (Lec. 2) Pre: 348.

351, 352 Plant Design and Economics I and II (3 each)

Elements of plant and process design integrating the principles learned in previous courses. Emphasis is on optimum economic design and the writing of reports. (Lec. 1, Lab. 6) Pre: (for 351) 314 and 348. Pre: (for 352) 349 and 351 and credit for or concurrent enrollment in 464.

391, 392 Honors Work (1-3 each)

Independent study under close faculty supervision. Discussion of advanced topics in chemical engineering in preparation for graduate work. (Independent Study) Pre: junior standing and permission of chairperson.

403, 404 Introduction to Design of Ocean Engineering Processes I, II (3 each)

Theory and basic principles directly applicable to ocean-related processes. Desalinization, mining, combating oil spills, seawater as a coolant, seawater as a waste dilutant, food processing, sulfur and petroleum production, recovery minerals. (Lec. 2, Lab. 4) Pre: permission of instructor.

425 Process Dynamics and Control (3)

Principles involved in automatic control of processing plants. Modeling and responses of dynamic systems, feedback control. (Lec. 3) Pre: MTH 243, CHE 464, and credit or concurrent enrollment in 347 or MCE 354.

437 Materials Engineering (3)

Introduction to engineering aspects of the fundamentals of the solid state. Structural, chemical, and physical properties of engineering materials with emphasis on ceramics, polymers, and composite materials. (Lec. 3) Pre: CHM 101, 103, or 191, or permission of chairperson.

438 Failure Analysis and Prevention (3)

Failure analysis of engineering components. Examples of overload, fatigue, creep, corrosion, and electrical failures in metals, glasses, ceramics, composites, polymers, concrete, and semiconductors. Case studies, microscopic techniques, and prevention are emphasized. (Lec. 3) Pre: 332, 333, or 437.

447 Food Engineering (4)

Basic principles underlying unit operations of chemical engineering applied to food industries. Topics covered include heat transfer, fluid flow, extraction, and drying. (Lec. 3, Lab. 3) Pre: CHM 124, PHY 112, MTH 132 or 142, and permission of instructor. Not for major credit in chemical engineering.

464 Industrial Reaction Kinetics (3)

Modeling of simple chemical-reacting systems; computation of design parameters to satisfy system constraints and typical restraints (e.g., product rate and distribution) and conditions of optimality. (Lec. 3) Pre: 314.

491, 492 Special Problems (1-6 each)

Advanced work under the supervision of a faculty member arranged to suit the individual requirements of the student. (Independent Study) Pre: permission of chairperson. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. Not for graduate credit in chemical engineering.

501, 502 Graduate Seminar (1 each)

Seminars presented by speakers from academia and industry. (Seminar) Required of all graduate students, with a maximum of 1 credit per year allowed. May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credits. S/U credit.

503 Dynamics of Chemical Engineering Applications (3)

Emphasizes analytical and/or numerical techniques commonly used in analysis arising from classical chemical engineering applications; necessary for understanding more complex problems.

513 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I (3)

Applications of the first, second, and third laws of thermodynamics and their relation to chemical engineering processes. Emphasis on properties of fluids, chemical and physical equilibria, phase stability, and polymers. (Lec. 3) Pre: 313, 314 or equivalent, graduate standing, or permission of chairperson. In alternate years.

530 Polymer Chemistry (3)

Molecular weight distribution, polymer synthesis, chain conformation, solution properties and phase behavior, and characterization techniques. (Lec. 3) Pre: CHM 228 and CHE 332 or permission of instructor. In alternate years.

531 Polymer Engineering (3)

Glass and crystalline transitions, viscoelasticity, time-temperature superposition, polymer processing, and mechanical properties of plastics, fibers, and elastomers. (Lec. 3) Pre: CHE 348 or MCE 448 or permission of instructor. In alternate years.

532 Ceramic Engineering (3)

Properties of ceramic materials as related to starting materials and forming, densification, and finishing processes. Emphasis on resulting phases and microstructure. Application of physical and chemical principles to tailor properties to engineering needs. (Lec. 3) Pre: 437 or equivalent. In alternate years.

533 Engineering Metallurgy (3)

Structures and properties of metals and alloys required to meet typical engineering problems; proper selection of tool materials; properties of stainless steels; materials of special importance in nuclear fields, etc. (Lec. 3) Pre: 333 or permission of instructor.

534 (or OCE 534) Corrosion and Corrosion Control (3)

Chemical nature of metals, electrochemical nature of corrosion. Types of corrosion, influence of environment, methods of corrosion control. Behavior of engineering materials in corrosion with emphasis on industrial and ocean environments. (Lec. 3) Pre: permission of instructor.

535 (or OCE 535) Advanced Course in Corrosion (3)

High-temperature corrosion, oxidation by gaseous environments, industrial problems with high-temperature corrosion. Materials selection and techniques to combat high-temperature corrosion. (Lec. 2, Lab. 3) Pre: 534 (or OCE 534) or permission of instructor.

537 (or OCE 537) Advanced Materials Engineering (3)

Engineering properties, molecular design, and applications of materials. Synthesis, fabrication, and processing of materials. Effects of environment on materials, materials products, devices, and systems. (Lec. 3) Pre: 437 and PHY 341.

539 Electron and Light Microscopy of Solids (3)

Theory and physical principles governing the design and use of light and electron optical systems in identification, analysis, and structural characterization of metals, ceramics, polymers, glasses, and composites. Emphasis on polarized light and scanning electron microscopy. (Lec. 3)

541 Transport Phenomena I (3)

Analysis of transport processes including momentum, heat and mass transfer. Development of mathematical models and their solutions. (Lec. 3) Pre: 347, 348 or equivalent, graduate standing, or permission of chairperson. In alternate years.

542 Advances in Interfacial Phenomena (3)

Topics will include capillarity, surface tension; surface thermodynamics, electrical aspects of surface chemistry; contact angles and wettability; emulsions and foams; adsorption from solutions; hydrodynamic stability of interfaces. (Lec. 3) Pre: CHM 431, 432 or equivalent, or permission of instructor. In alternate years.

548 Separations for Biotechnology (3)

A study of methods of concentration used in biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries for production and isolation of products. (Lec. 3) Pre: 348 or 447. In alternate years.

560 Chemical and Physical Processes of Integrated Circuit Fabrication (3)

Chemical and physical processes used in the fabrication of integrated circuits and devices. Emphasis on crystal growth, oxidation, CVD, plasma processes, photochemical processes, solid-state diffusion, lithography, and their relation to device performance. (Lec. 3) Pre: CHM 431, CHE 349, or equivalent. In alternate years.

574 Biochemical Engineering I (3)

Introduction to biotechnology. Includes properties of biological materials, dynamics, control, and operation of biological systems and processing of biological materials. (Lec. 3) Pre: permission of instructor. In alternate years.

576 Process Engineering for Pollution Prevention (3)

Management of processes and development of techniques for waste minimization in the chemical process, machine tool coating, plating, plastics, and other industries. (Lec./Workshop) Pre: permission of instructor.

577, 578 Seminar in Sensors and Surface Technology (1)

Students, faculty, and invited outside speakers present and discuss selected topics related to research interests of the Sensors and Surface Technology Partnership. (Seminar) Pre: permission of instructor. May be repeated. S/U only.

591, 592 Special Problems (1-6 each)

Advanced work under the supervision of a faulty member arranged to suit the individual requirements of the student. (Independent Study) Pre: permission of chairperson. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.

599 Master’s Thesis Research (1-9)

Number of credits is determined each semester in consultation with the major professor. (Independent Study) S/U credit.

614 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II (3)

Advanced topics in phase stability, phase and chemical equilibrium, and statistical thermodynamics. (Lec. 3) Pre: 513. In alternate years.

641 Transport Phenomena II (3)

Steady, unsteady, and multidimensional heat transfer. Mass transport at low and high fluxes; approximate methods for heat and mass transfer problems. (Lec. 3) Pre: 541 or permission of instructor. In alternate years.

643 Fluid Dynamics (3)

Advanced problem course dealing with isothermal and non-isothermal flow of compressible and incompressible fluids. (Lec. 3) In alternate years.

691, 692 Special Problems (1-6 each)

Advanced work under the supervision of a member arranged to suit the individual requirements of the student. (Independent Study) Pre: permission of chairperson. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.

699 Doctoral Dissertation Research

Number of credits is determined each semester in consultation with the major professor or program committee. (Independent Study) S/U credit.

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