CHEN 364 Kinetics and Reactor Design
Kinetics of reactions and application of fundamental principles to design and operation of commercial reactors. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in CHEN 320; grade of C or better in CHEN 323 and CHEN 324, or concurrent enrollment, or approval of department. Specifically, the course introduces the basic concepts of chemical kinetics and chemical reactor design and analysis. Emphasis is placed on homogeneous reactions occurring in batch, plug flow, and perfectly mixed flow reactors. Methods of analyzing data from these reactor types to determine the reaction order and mechanism are also discussed.
Textbook: H. Scott Fogler, Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering, 5th edition, Prentice-Hall (2016), ISBN-13: 978-0133887518.
CHEN 455/655 Process Safety Engineering
Process Safety differs from Personnel Safety, in that it is concerned primarily with the identification of potential process hazards and hazardous operation conditions associated with the processes and equipment involved in the chemical process industries. Process Safety focuses on predictions of the likelihood and severity of possible process hazards, and measures of preventing, controlling or mitigating these hazards. As such, it is necessary to understand the hazards related to industrial operations and processes, and to apply engineering fundamentals to the analysis and prediction of performance under various circumstances. Therefore, this course covers applications of engineering principles to process safety and hazards analysis, mitigation, and prevention, with special emphasis on the chemical process industries; includes source modeling for leakage rates, dispersion analysis, relief valve sizing, fire and explosion analysis, hazards identification, and accident investigations.
Textbook: Daniel A. Crowl and Joseph F. Louvar, Chemical Process Safety: Fundamentals with Applications, 3 edition, Prentice-Hall (2011), ISBN-13: 978-0131382268.
CHEN 489/689 Industrial Fires & Explosions
Fires and explosions are most likely to occur in the chemical process facilities where there are a lot of flammable chemicals present. Chemical plant losses resulting from fires and explosions are substantial. This course will cover the fundamental principles related to the growth and effects of fires and explosions in the process industries. We will introduce fundamental thermodynamics, combustion chemistry, fire behavior, and explosion phenomena.