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ERIC Number: EJ849967
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-2479
Using a Readily Available Commercial Spreadsheet to Teach a Graduate Course on Chemical Process Simulation
Clarke, Matthew A.; Giraldo, Carlos
Chemical Engineering Education, v43 n2 p160-166 Spr 2009
Chemical process simulation is one of the most fundamental skills that is expected from chemical engineers, yet relatively few graduates have the opportunity to learn, in depth, how a process simulator works, from programming the unit operations to the sequencing. The University of Calgary offers a "hands-on" postgraduate course in Chemical Engineering that gives students an opportunity to learn about how a simulator works, by building their own, fully functioning process simulator. This paper describes the organisation of the course, construction of a chemical process simulator using VBA, as built into Microsoft [R] Excel as the programming platform, the assessment of student progress and finally, and it evaluates the course format from both the instructor and the student point of view.
Chemical Engineering Education, Chemical Engineering Division of ASEE. P.O. Box 142097, Gainesville, FL 32614. Tel: 352-392-0861; Fax: 352-392-0861; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada