398203 Development of an Ipad Application for Distillation Analysis

Monday, November 17, 2014
Galleria Exhibit Hall (Hilton Atlanta)
Sephra Thomas, Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX and Jason E. Bara, Chemical & Biological Engineering, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

The Chemical Engineering Application was formulated to revolutionize the information presented in a typical separations and distillations theory class through textbooks into an interactive collection of calculations, equations, and graphs. The information includes substance volatility, Raoult’s Law using Antoine’s Equation, two substance multi-phase composition graphs, and the McCabe-Thiele equation. The time saved by using the application to complete calculations and graphing can be spent analyzing patterns and trends based on changing variables. The student will be allowed the time to focus on the theory and study of distillation analysis, thus building a stronger foundation in data-driven learning. Ultimately, the creation of the application will allow the student to immediately visualize local and global behavior of the underlying function through an interactive and social learning environment.

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