2017 Chemical Engineering Laboratory I

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Undergraduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Mori Shinsuke  Fuchino Tetsuo  Shimoyama Yusuke  Aoki Saiko 
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Course description and aims

[Summary of Lecture] This lecture will focus on topics about flow operation and distillation process and each topic consists of 4 classes. In piping design and flow control, topics include pipeline design, pipeline fabrication, and piping project contest. Topics in “distillation operation” include experiments using vapor-liquid equilibrium distilling apparatus in methanol-water system, vapor-liquid equilibrium calculation and calculation for theoretical stages of continuous rectification column.
[Aim of Lecture] The concept of modeling, simulation, evaluation and optimization for process design is essential in the field of chemical engineering. This lecture aims for students to understand the concept of chemical engineering design related to the flow operation and distillation. In order to develop student’s creativity, students are divided into small teams and their results are evaluated in the process contest.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to design chemical process project related to the flow operation and distillation with certain design constraints to acquire the ability to solve chemical engineering problems with multiple answers. Students will have the chance to tackle practical problems using both experimental study and computer simulation and to obtain the ability to improve the design by not merely trial and error methodology but by applying knowledge acquired through chemical engineering course.


Piping design, flow rate control, vapor-liquid equilibrium, theoretical stage, distillation

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Class is divided into two topics, flow control and distillation operation, and one topic consists of four classes.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Piping design and flow rate control (1): flow rate calculation and pipeline design Calculate flow rate and design pipeline
Class 2 Piping design and flow rate control (2): pipeline fabrication and trial experiment Fabricate pipeline and perform trial experiment
Class 3 Piping design and flow rate control (3): design change and pipeline modification Redesign and modify pipeline
Class 4 Piping design and flow rate control (4): piping project contest Perform piping project contest
Class 5 Distillation operation (1): distillation experiment: start-up operation and steady-state control Explain start-up operation and steady-state control
Class 6 Distillation operation (2): distillation experiment: concentration measurement and material balance calculation Explain concentration measurement and material balance calculation
Class 7 Distillation operation (3): Computer programing: estimation of equilibrium composition and calculation of theoretical stage Estimate equilibrium composition and calculate theoretical stage
Class 8 Distillation operation (4): Computer simulation: comparison with experimental results and discussion Compare simulation results and experimental results


Textbook is prepared and distributed by the instructor.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

R.B.Bird「Transport Phenomena」Wiley and Japanese textbook specified by the instructor.

Assessment criteria and methods

Assessment is based on the quality of the report.
Full attendance and completion of all experiments are compulsory.

Related courses

  • CAP.B305 : Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry Laboratory III
  • CAP.C342 : Chemical Engineering Laboratory II
  • CAP.C201 : Transport Phenomena I (Momentum)
  • CAP.C202 : Transport Phenomena II (Heat)
  • CAP.C203 : Transport Phenomena III (Mass)
  • CAP.C211 : Energy Transfer Operation

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

Students must have successfully completed Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry Laboratory III (CAP.B305).

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