2021 Introduction to Chemical Engineering (Basics)

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Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Yamaguchi Takeo  Tamaki Takanori 
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Course description and aims

[Summary of the lecture] This course covers the fundamentals of chemical engineering, and is offered for students whose major are not chemical engineering. For students at the other graduate majors, this course provides opportunity to learn about frontier researches in the fields of chemical engineering.
[Aim of the lecture] The concept of chemical engineering is essential for the chemical industry, and nowadays applied to various fields such as environment, energy, biomaterials and medical devices. This course introduces the concept of mass and energy balances, transport phenomena, fluid dynamics, and thermal engineering.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to
1) Understand mass and heat balances and solve basic problems related to mass and heat balances.
2) Understand transport phenomena of mass, heat and momentum and solve basic problems related to transport phenomena.
3) Understand the basis of fluid dynamics and thermal engineering and solve basic problems related to fluid dynamics and thermal engineering.


Chemical engineering, Mass balances, Energy balances, Transport phenomena, Fluid dynamics, Thermal Engineering

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

In every classes, students are given exercise problems related to what is taught on that day.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Fundamentals of chemical engineering: Mass and energy balances, Transport phenomena Understand and derive mass and heat balances.Explain analogy of transport phenomena of mass, heat and momentum.
Class 2 Fundamentals of fluid dynamics: Equation of continuity, viscosity, Newton's law of viscosity, Reynolds number Understand viscosity and explain Newton's low of viscosity. Understand Reynolds number and determine laminar or turbulent flow.
Class 3 Fundamentals of fluid dynamics: Laminar flow in tube, flow in the particle bed, Bernoulli's principle Explain Hagen-Poiseuille equation and Bernoulli's principle.
Class 4 Exercise of fluid dynamics Solve basic problems related to fluid dynamics.
Class 5 Fundamentals of thermal engineering: Heat transfer, Fourier's law Understand the fundamental modes of heat transfer, and explain Fourier's low.
Class 6 Fundamentals of thermal engineering: Convection, radiation, heat exchanger Understand convection and radiation of heat, and explain heat exchanger.
Class 7 Exercise of thermal engineering Solve basic problems related to thermal engineering.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Edited by The Society of Chemical Engineers, Japan. "Fundamental and Practice of Chemical Engineering for Engineers". Agne-shofu-sha. ISBN-13: 978-4900508569. (Japanese)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

None required.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be assessed on their understanding of mass and heat balances, transport phenomena, fluid dynamics and thermal engineering based on exercise problems in each class (50%) and in the 5th and 8th classes (50%).

Related courses

  • CAP.I417 : Introduction to Chemical Engineering (Unit Operation)
  • CAP.C421 : Advanced Energy Transfer Operation
  • CAP.C441 : Transport Phenomena and Operation
  • CAP.I537 : Systematic Material Design Methodology

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

This course is offered for students whose major are not chemical engineering.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Takeo Yamaguchi: yamag[at]res.titech.ac.jp
Takanori Tamaki: tamaki.t.aa[at]m.titech.ac.jp

Office hours

Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.

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