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Chemical Engineering for Non-Chemical Engineers

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This online course is designed for technicians in the chemical industry and non-chemical engineers who work with or supervise chemical engineers as well as legal and other professionals who must interact with or manage chemical engineering work. It will overview the basics of chemical engineering calculations and design. Chemical unit operations covered include:

  • The chemical engineering profession and what it covers
  • Safety and reactive chemical concepts, reaction stoichiometry
  • Chemical stoichiometry and unit conversions
  • Momentum, mass and energy balances
  • Fluid flow and pumping equipment
  • Heat transfer and heat exchangers, cooling towers
  • Mass transfer concepts, distillation, absorption, stripping/desorption, chromatography, ion exchange, and extraction
  • Evaporation, crystallization, filtration, and drying
  • Solids handling, characterization, transfer, and storage
  • Process control
  • Polymers and plastics
  • Tanks and process vessels

Industrial examples are used throughout the course to demonstrate how the fundamentals of chemical engineering are applied in the real world.

This course may be taken as part of the AIChE Credential for Sustainability Professionals (ACSP). More info

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss the basic concepts of chemical engineering including mass and energy balances and the concept of unit operations.
  • Describe basic safety regulations and procedures and the basics of kinetics and reactive chemical analysis.
  • Explain the basics of fluid flow and pumps, the use of cooling towers, and the basics of tank and vessel design parameters.
  • Explain the basics of distillation, absorption, stripping, chromatography and drying processes and equipment choices for these unit operations.
  • Calculate basic stoichiometry and unit conversions.
  • Describe the basics of solids handling, characterization, transfer and storage.

Who Should Attend:

Engineering managers without a chemical engineering background, chemists, non-chemical engineers, patent attorneys, legal and government personnel who interface with chemical engineers and the chemical industry. Participants from any size company or industry in the chemical, petrochemical, and materials processing industries.

Unit One

  • Lecture One: Chemical Engineering for Non-Chemical Engineers
  • Lecture Two: Safety in Chemical Engineering
  • Lecture Three: Basic Toxicology
  • Lecture Four: Economic analysis
  • Lecture Five: The Unit Operation Concept

Unit Two

  • Lecture One: Stoichiometry and Reactions
  • Lecture Two: Mass balances and Process Flow Sheets
  • Lecture Three: Gas laws and EOS
  • Lecture Four: Reaction Engineering, Thermodynamics and Kinetics 
  • Lecture Five: Concepts and Principles for Reactive Chemicals

Unit Three

  • Lecture One: Flow of Fluids, Heat Transfer, and Evaporation
  • Lecture Two: Pumps, Meters, and More
  • Lecture Three: Heat Transfer and Heat Exchangers
  • Lecture Four: Radiative Heat Transfer and More

Unit Four

  • Lecture One: Mass Transfer Fundamentals, Distillation and More
  • Lecture Two: Absorption and Stripping 
  • Lecture Three: Solvent Extraction, Adsorption, Ion Exchange, and Membranes
  • Lecture Four: Cooling Towers, Humidification, and Dehumidification   

Unit Five

  • Lecture One: Liquid-Solids Separations, Solids Handling and Crystallization
  • Lecture Two: Filtration
  • Lecture Three: Drying of Solids
  • Lecture Four: Solids Handling

Unit Six

  • Lecture One: Process Control
  • Lecture Two: Tanks and Process Vessels
  • Lecture Three: Chemical Engineering IN Polymers 

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