472416 Case Studies for Vertically Integrated Curriculum Projects

Monday, November 14, 2016: 5:09 PM
Continental 2 (Hilton San Francisco Union Square)
Justin Opatkiewicz, NanoEngineering, UCSD, La Jolla, CA

Often, students are unable or unwilling to “connect the dots” when it comes to various courses in the chemical engineering curriculum. To combat courses being interpreted as isolated or unrelated to one another, U.C. San Diego has begun experimenting with a curriculum-wide course project. In this project, students are exposed to a single industrial-scale chemical process and repeatedly analyze it from different perspectives in each class. Starting with material balances, expanding to complex energy/entropy/exergy balances in thermodynamics, to designing the reactors, and so on. In this discussion, several case studies already implemented as UCSD are discussed, including: methanol synthesis, the Haber-Bosch process, vinyl chloride production, and hydrodealkylation (HDA) of toluene. Specific focus will be attached to how the projects progressed and expanded from course to course.

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See more of this Session: Steal This Project!: Case Studies, in-Class Projects, Design Projects
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