2017 Chemical Engineering Design

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Undergraduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Aoki Saiko  Mori Shinsuke 
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Course description and aims

[Description] In the first half of the course, students will learn fundamentals and technical terminology from English textbooks, with a focus on chemical process calculation such as stoichiometry, material balance, and energy balance, as design-oriented basic knowledge. In the latter half of the course, students will hold group discussions about topics related to process design in the chemical industry, as well as give a presentation on the results of the discussion using English and technical terminology.
[Aims] Basic knowledge of mass balance calculations and energy balance calculations required in the chemical engineering field are important to design production processes and chemical plants in the chemical industry. The aim of this course is to foster development of skills for having logical discussions in English in an international environment, and for comprehensively making designs, including of processes, in a comprehensive manner, as an engineer working in the chemical engineering field.

Student learning outcomes

[Outcomes] At the end of this course, for developing a global vision and idea as an engineer engaged in chemical process design, students will be able to:
1) Acquire the ability to understand the fundamentals and topics in the field of chemical engineering and make a presentation in English.
2) Acquire the ability to solve various problem with process design in chemical engineering through a experience of group discussion.
[Themes] In this course, students will be required to;
1) Understand the contents of the lectures, questions from the teacher, and English references.
2) Have a group discussion about the problems determined by students themselves and make a presentation concerning summary of the discussion.


chemical engineering, chemical process, process design, stoichiometry, material balance, energy balance, group discussion

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

In the first half of the course, students will learn the fundamentals of chemical process design (stoichiometry, material balance, energy balance) using English reference materials. In the 4 classes of the second course half, students will be divided into small groups, and each group will determine a topic related to chemical process design to discuss, then summarize the findings and give a presentation.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Overview of chemical engineering design To understand the importance of chemical process design.
Class 2 Fundamentals of chemical process calculation To understand the fundamentals of chemical process calculation, stoichiometry, and English technical terms in this field.
Class 3 Calculation of material balance To understand how to calculate material balance and English technical terms in this field.
Class 4 Calculation of energy balance To understand how to calculate energy balance and English technical terms in this field.
Class 5 Setting problems for chemical process design and group discussion (1): overcome various problems with chemical process To determine problems with chemical process design and extract several themes of the discussion for overcoming the problems.
Class 6 Group discussion (2): importance of communication in the field of chemical engineering To have group discussion on the theme extracted in the previous lecture and put together the details and outcome of the discussion.
Class 7 Presentation (1): basic configuration and design guide of chemical process To prepare presentation materials by using English technical terms that students have learned from the 1st to 4th class.
Class 8 Presentation (2) and comment: design and development of environmentally compatible chemical process To make a presentation and logically discuss the presentation with each other.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

R. M. Felder, R. W. Rousseau. Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes. 3rd edition, Wiley, ISBN: 978-0471375876

Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be assessed on their understanding of fundamentals of chemical process calculation such as stoichiometry, material and energy balances, their contribution of group discussion and presentation, and their report that summarizes the determined problem and its solution.

Related courses

  • CAP.C306 : Chemical Reaction Engineering II (Heterogeneous System)
  • CAP.C316 : Electrochemistry in energy systems
  • CAP.C331 : Literature Review in Chemical Engineering
  • CAP.C332 : Chemical Engineering Laboratory I
  • CAP.C342 : Chemical Engineering Laboratory II
  • CAP.C334 : Safety for the Chemical Process

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

No prerequisites are necessary, but enrollment in the related courses is desirable.

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