Summary: ChBE 4803 Special Topics in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Prerequisite(s): Transport Phenomena II (ChBE 3210) minimum grade "C"
Separation Processes (ChBE 3225), minimum grade of "C"
Kinetics & Reactor Design (ChBE 4300), minimum grade "C"
Catalog Description: This course introduces the concepts of pilot scale experiments,
control room operation, process start-up, and shut-down. The course illustrates the
application of engineering/scientific principles and physical models important in the
development of methods to start-up and shut-down an operation. In addition, the students
will learn about data collection/interpretation of processes important to the practice of
Text: None. (All materials are available in class or on the web, or use other reference
texts that have been used in previous classes or those on reserve in the library.)
Objectives: Going from bench-top experiments to a commercial unit involves a 5-8
orders of magnitude scale-up which presents a challenge in the interpretation of data and
their utilization in the design. The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with
experiments on a pilot scale which represents a bridge between the bench-top
experiments (often found in a research laboratory) and commercial unit in a production
facility. Students will become familiar with the instruments, calibration, and key control
elements (e.g. valve). Students will learn to apply the principles of material and energy