NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Back to results
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ990968
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0009-2479
Teaching Process Design through Integrated Process Synthesis
Metzger, Matthew J.; Glasser, Benjamin J.; Patel, Bilal; Hildebrandt, Diane; Glasser, David
Chemical Engineering Education, v46 n4 p260-270 Fall 2012
The design course is an integral part of chemical engineering education. A novel approach to the design course was recently introduced at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. The course aimed to introduce students to systematic tools and techniques for setting and evaluating performance targets for processes, as well as gaining insight into how these targets can be achieved. The main objectives were efficient use of raw materials, energy and improved environmental performance (reducing CO2 emissions). The approach is to use fundamental principles--mass, energy and entropy--to identify limits of operation or targets. Unlike the traditional approach to process design where the flow sheet is normally chosen from existing literature or from prior knowledge, the flow sheet emerges from the analysis in this new approach. The course was well received by students and allowed the students to gain a better understanding of developing processes which are efficient and have less impact on the environment.
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
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A