Is process simulation effectively utilized in chemical engineering courses

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Process simulators are being used extensively in senior level chemical engineering design courses, and are becoming more prevalent in lower level courses. This paper explores the impact of chemical engineering programs starting to integrate process simulators throughout the curriculum. We will assess the features of process simulators that are easy to use and are effective in communicating chemical process principles. In addition, we will examine aspects of simulators that are difficult for students to comprehend, use and result in a poor utilization of educational resources. What are the possibilities for courses that traditionally do not use process simulators because standard models have not been incorporated in process simulation? Another aspect that will be discussed will be that many graduates will work for companies that do not currently use process simulators. In many cases these companies include future growth opportunities for chemical engineers including pharmaceuticals, bioprocessing and membrane applications. If a large percentage of students that are trained in process simulators do not use them, then is integrating process simulation an effective use of educational time at the undergraduate level? What issues are brought about when students become dependent on process simulation results and are not able to perform hand calculations for an industry without process simulation?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6561-6573
Number of pages13
JournalASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2001
Event2001 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Peppers, Papers, Pueblos and Professors - Albuquerque, NM, United States
Duration: Jun 24 2001Jun 27 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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