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CHE654: Computer Application for Chemical Engineering Practice

Academic Year 2021, Semester 1

This course is taught by Asst. Prof. Dr. Hong-ming Ku and Dr. Alisa Kammafoo. The aim of the course is to train ChEPS students in the use of the chemical process simulator called ASPEN Plus (A+) and MATLAB, which are crucial engineering tools for process engineers. Many thesis and site projects will involve process simulation and modeling. Students will learn the fundamentals of process simulation and how to use MATLAB as equation solvers and a programming language.

Course Syllabus and Lecture Slides

Download the course syllabus here

 

A+ slides:

Section 1: Introduction - 1 slide/page, 2 slides/page, and 4 slides/page

Section 2: Output Files & Miscellaneous Topics - 1 slide/page, 2 slides/page, and 4 slides/page

Section 3: Unit Operation Models: 1 slide/page, 2 slides/page, and 4 slides/page

Section 4: Rigorous Distillation RADFRAC - 1 slide/page, 2 slides/page, and 4 slides/page

Section 5: Sensitivity Analysis - 1 slide/page, 2 slides/page, and 4 slides/page

Section 6: Design-spec & Calculator Block - 1 slide/page, 2 slides/page, and 4 slides/page

Section 7: Physical Properties - 1 slide/page, 2 slides/page, and 4 slides/page

Section 8: Flowsheet Convergence - 1 slide/page, 2 slides/page, and 4 slides/page

Section 9: Workshops - 1 slide/page, 2 slides/page, and 4 slides/page

MATLAB slides:

1 slide/page, 2 slides/page, and 4 slides/page

 

Homework and Exercise Problems

Download a copy of "CHE654 Exercise Problems, Ver. 2021" here.

Your homework has been selected from this exercise book as follows:

1. Homework Set 1: #3, #5, #7, #12, and #13. Download Answer Sheet 1 here.

2. Homework Set 2: #16, #18, and #19. Download Answer Sheet 2 here.

3. Homework Set 3: #21, #22, #23, and #26. Download Answer Sheet 3 here.

4. Homework Set 4: #28, #29, #31, #32, and #33. Download Answer Sheet 4 here.

5. Homework Set 5: #34, #35, #38, #40, and #43. Download Answer Sheet 5 here.

6. Homework Set 6: #45, #48, #49, and #50. Download Answer Sheet 6 here.

7. Homework Set 7: #52, #53, #55, #58, and #60. No answer sheet to download.

8. Homework Set 8: #62, #64, #66, #67, and #72. No answer sheet to download.

9. Homework Set 9: #76, #77, #79, and #81. No answer sheet to download. 

References and Papers

1. Download: A+ Getting Started - Building and Running a Process Model (Version 8.4)

2. Download: Is Process Simulation Used Effectively in ChE Courses?

3. Download: Don't Gamble with Your Physical Properties?

4. Download: Don't Let Recycle Streams Stymie Your Simulations

5. Download: Uncovering the Realities of Simulation, Part 1

6. DownloadUncovering the Realities of Simulation, Part 2

7. Download: A Guide to MATLAB for ChE Problems Solving by Prof. Kip Hauch

8. Download: Introduction to MATLAB by Prof. Robert Pinnick

9. Download: MATLAB Applications in Chemical Engineering by Prof. James A. Carnell

Timetable of Oral Presentations

Proposal Presentations - Thursday, Sept 2, 1:30 pm

Progress I Presentations - Thursday, Sept 16, 1:30 pm

Progress II Presentations - Thursday, Sept 30, 1:30 pm

Final Presentations - Thursday, Oct 14, 1:30 pm

Final report due - Monday, Nov 1

List of 5 Plant Design Projects

Download the group, project, and English advisor assignments here.

Download the common project problem statement here.

Project 1: Design of a Styrene Production Process

Project 2: Design of an Ethylbenzene Production Process

Project 3: Design of an Acrylic-Acid Production Process

Project 4: Design of an Acetone Production Process

Project 5: Design of a Phthalic-Anhydride Production Process

Project 6: Design of a Dimethyl-Ether Production Process

Here is a booklet on Technical Report Writing Guidelines.