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CHEMICAL ENGINEERING (CHE)

Professor Gary C. April, Department Head
Office: A-127 Bevill Building

CHE 125 Introduction to Chemical Engineering. (1-0) One hour.

An introduction to the chemical engineering profession, its history, and its career-enabling potential. The course contains selected topics, plant visits, and alumni seminars covering the full range of career opportunities from emerging areas (nanotechnology, biochemical, multifunctional materials) to those found in the more traditional positions within the chemical, petrochemical, and petroleum industries.

CHE 254 Chemical Engineering Calculations. (4-0) Four hours.

Prerequisites: CH 131 and MATH 131.

Study of physical and chemical processes and chemical reactions; material and energy balance calculations for single- and multi-phase systems; simultaneous energy and material balances.

CHE 255 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics. (4-0) Four hours.

Prerequisites: CHE 254, MATH 132, and GES 132.

Chemical calculations using the first and second laws of thermodynamics, including chemical and phase equilibria, multiphase reacting systems, steady- and non-steady-state material and energy balances. Computer proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.

CHE 304 Fluid Flow Operations. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisite: MATH 132.

Equations of momentum and energy transport and their applications to the analysis of fluid process behavior, filtration, fluidization, and metering of fluids.

CHE 305 Separation Processes. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisite: CHE 255.

Corequisite: CHE 304.

Unified approach to the basic calculations and fundamental concepts involved in the design of equilibrium-stage separations processes and continuous contacting equipment. Computer proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.

CHE 306 Heat Transfer Operations. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisite: CHE 255.

Corequisite: CHE 304.

Study of heat transfer and its application in the design of specific processes and process equipment.

CHE 319 Basic Chemical Engineering Laboratory. (2-0) Two hours.

Prerequisite: CHE 304.

Corequisites: CHE 305 and CHE 306.

Basic chemical engineering measurements and calculations: temperature, pressure, thermal transport rates, fluid flow rates and energy losses, material properties, and specifications.

CHE 320 Operations Laboratory. (5-0) Five hours.

Prerequisites: CHE 305, CHE 306, and CHE 319.

Operations of chemical engineering. Course includes problems and reports based on performance tests; writing proficiency is required for a passing grade. Offered in summer school.

CHE 354 Chemical Reactor Design. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisite: CHE 255.

Reaction rate equations and comparisons with experimental data; use of rate information for the design of chemical reactors.

CHE 412 Polymer Materials Engineering. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisites: CHE 102 and junior standing.

Introduction to the manufacture, processing, and applications of organic polymeric materials. This course covers the chemistry of polymer manufacture, the molecular structures of polymers, and the structure-property relationships for thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers.

CHE 424 Transport Phenomena. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisites: CHE 305 and CHE 306.

Development of the conservation equations for mass, momentum, and energy, with application to steady-state and transient chemical processes. Computer proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.

CHE 445 Introduction to Biochemical Engineering. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisite: CH 232.

Corequisite: CHE 354.

Study of biological processes, application of chemical engineering skills to areas including enzyme kinetics, fermentation, cell growth, and metabolic processes.

CHE 464 Health and Safety in the Chemical Process Industry. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisites: CH 102 and junior standing.

Historical, legislative, and technical aspects of safety, health, and ethical issues. Students develop skills to assess and mitigate health and safety problems in the chemical process industry, as well as knowledge of how to design to prevent such problems.

CHE 481 Chemical Process Design I. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisites: CHE 304, CHE 305, and CHE 306.

Technical and economic design of chemical processes and plants.

CHE 482 Chemical Process Design II. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisite: CHE 481.

Optimal design of chemical processes and plants. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this class.

CHE 491 and CHE 492 Special Problems. (1-3) One to three hours.

Research combined with practical application and testing. Credit is based on the amount of work undertaken.

CHE 493 Process Dynamics and Control. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisites: CHE 304 or MTE 416, CHE 255 or MTE 252, and MATH 238.

Development of model equations that describe the unsteady-state behavior of chemical processes; automatic control design and analysis emphasizing time-domain methods; introduction to digital computer control.

CHE 495 and CHE 496 Undergraduate Honors Seminar. (1-0) One hour each.

Prerequisites: Senior honors student and 3.3 or higher grade point average.

Presentation of research/practical study results before a group of peers (graduate students, other honors students, faculty, and invited guests).

CHE 498 Honors Special Problems. (1-3) One to three hours.

Prerequisites: Junior honors student and 3.3 or higher grade point average.

Credit is based on the amount of work undertaken. Research or practical study in a chemical engineering area, the outcome of which is intermediate to a final result or definitive solution.

CHE 499 Honors Special Problems. (1-3) One to three hours.

Prerequisites: Junior honors student and 3.3 or higher grade point average.

Credit is based on the amount of work undertaken. Research or practical study in a chemical engineering area, the outcome of which is a final result or definitive solution presented in a report, paper, or manuscript.

ADVANCED UNDERGRADUATE/ENTRY-LEVEL GRADUATE COURSES

CHE 512 Polymer Materials Engineering. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisite: CH 102, senior standing, and 3.0 or higher GPA.

Introduction to the manufacture, processing, and applications of organic polymeric materials. This course covers the chemistry of polymer manufacture, the molecular structures of polymers, and the structure-property relationships for thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers.

CHE 525 Polymer Processing and Rheology. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisite: Senior standing.

Basic and advanced concepts in rheology and polymer processing. Polymer properties and morphology, rheology of non-Newtonian fluids, polymer processing, and polymer processing design.

CHE 535 Chemodynamics. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisites: CH 102, GES 132 (or CS 226), AEM 311 (or CHE 304), or permission of the instructor.

A study of the movement and fate of man-made chemicals in the environment.

CHE 545 Introduction to Biochemical Engineering. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisite: CH 232.

Corequisite: CHE 354.

Study of biological processes, application of chemical engineering skills to areas including enzyme kinetics, fermentation, cell growth, and metabolic processes.

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING: PETROLEUM ENGINEERING CERTIFICATE COURSES

CHEP 360 Petroleum Operations. (3-0) Three hours.

Fundamentals of petroleum operations, including an introduction to petroleum geology, rock and fluid properties, drilling, well logging, stimulation, and completion operations.

CHEP 451/551 Reservoir Engineering. (3-0) Three hours.

Corequisite: CHEP 360.

Investigation of linear and radial flow mechanism in subsurface reservoirs; analysis of oil and gas reservoir performance based on reservoir properties and drive mechanisms.

CHEP 462 Mineral Property Evaluation. (3-0) Three hours.

Corequisite: CHEP 360.

Analytical forecasts of petroleum reservoir performance, estimation of reserves and productivity, measure of investment worth, and assessments of uncertainty and risk.

CHEP 466/566 Petroleum Production Engineering. (3-0) Three hours.

Corequisite: CHEP 360.

Fundamentals of production operations, including inflow performance, multiphase flow, naturally flowing wells, artificial lift, and field treatment of produced liquids.

CHEP 468 Natural Gas Engineering. (3-0) Three hours.

Corequisite: CHEP 360.

Fundamentals of natural gas and gas condensate production and processing, including field processing of natural gas, gas measurement, gas compression, gas transmission, and gas storage.

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