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Chemical Engineering Essentials from Academic Authors - Session Seven - Thermodynamics: Basics and Modeling

Originally delivered May 18, 2011
Source: AIChE
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Thermodynamics is fundamental to engineering descriptions of natural phenomena and designs for chemical technology. Starting from primitives and only two Laws, rigorous thermodynamic derivations lead to basic quantities, driving forces and limits, and relationships among variables that characterize the states and tendencies for change of chemical systems. Process and product property modeling builds on this thermodynamic structure, providing routes to values for the many quantities of interest, especially in systems of multiple phases and reactions. Strategic application of properties and models can then guide decisions about energy and material feasibility, make estimates of economics, and determine sizes, condition, and configurations of process equipment.

This webinar shows the development of thermodynamics and illustrates applications to modeling. Principal quantities and relations are reviewed, along with suggestions for their reliable utilization. The objective is to help participants more firmly grasp the elements of the subject, and to better structure their property and process design and optimization efforts.


Dr. John P. O'Connell

John O’Connell is Professor Emeritus at the Univ. of Virginia. He has been active in AIChE for more than 50 years. An AIChE Fellow for more than 25 of those years, he served as Fellows Chair from 2004 to 2011, and became founding Chair of the Fellows Council. John is currently the Fellows Council Secretary and Editor of the Fellows Newsletter. He served on AIChE’s Board of Directors from 2015 through 2017.

John has been involved in all levels of Institute programming — as a chair of many meeting sessions, Chair of Group 1 and Area 1A (Engineering Sciences and Fundamentals;...Read more

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