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Bruce A Finlayson
CHEM E 375
Seattle Campus

Chemical Enginering Computer Skills

Use Excell, Matlab, and AspenPlus to solve typical chemical engineering problems. Solve realistic problems and explore alternatives that would be inaccessible for hand calculations. Includes equations of state, chemical equilibrium of simultaneous reactions, phase equilibria, plug flow reactors, heat transfer in 1-D, and time-dependent heat transfer. Offered: W.

Class description

The main thing you will learn is how to solve chemical engineering problems and how to check your work.

Student learning goals

Be able to convince someone you have solved the problem correctly.

Be able to document your work, with figures and text.

Be able to program in Excel, MATLAB, and solve chemical engineering problems using AspenPlus and Comsol Multiphysics.

General method of instruction

Meets two hours per week: one hour in lecture format, and one hour in the computer laboratory.

Recommended preparation

Ch.E. 310 recommended.

Class assignments and grading

A chemical engineering problem that can only be solved with computer programs.

9 of 10 assignments must be turned in correctly (with a chance to correct errors)


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Bruce A Finlayson
Date: 12/21/2007