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ChE 317 - Introduction to Chemical Engineering Analysis


Dr. R. Bruce Eldridge
CPE 4.408
471-7067 PRC, 232-1407 CPE
Office Hours: Tu/Th 3:00 – 5:00 or by appointment

Teaching Assistants:

Bailee Roach / Wissam Charab


Lindsey Rey


Mickey Phan

Class Hours:



8:00 pm - 9:00 pm CPE 2.216
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm ETC 2.136

R.M Felder, R.W. Rousseau, Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes, 3rd
Edition. Wiley, 2005.

Course Website:
Course Goals and Overview:
Material and Energy Balances form the foundation for nearly all future chemical engineering
courses and analysis. The process of account for mass and energy is akin to “chemical
accounting” and in this course we will learn how to formulate the balances that govern systems in
which mass and energy are exchanged. Included in this analysis are both reactive and nonreactive systems. An overview of physical behavior will be included to provide an introduction
to energy balances. Overall, this course will provide an introduction to the principles and
calculation techniques used in the field of Chemical Engineering as well as provide an exposure
of the various areas and facets of current Chemical Engineering research. This course is designed
 Provide you with the fundamentals of material and energy balances as applied to
chemical engineering to enable the analysis of a chemical process
 Develop efficient methods of and life-long skills for problem solving through exercise
problems and thought experiments
 Offer practice in defining problems, collecting data, analyzing data
Course Prerequisites:

One year of freshman mathematics (algebra, solutions of simultaneous equations,
quadratic equations, basic differentiation and integration, trigonometry and basic
geometry [areas and volumes of simple shapes]) – M408C, M408D

Review sessions will be held before each of the exams. or individual work.    Chemistry (stoichiometry. concept of mole. In other words. Homework problems are graded with an emphasis on effort and setting up the problem. molality. Work the example problems and use the Key Ideas. classroom discussions. Homework: Homework will be generally be due at the beginning of the specified lecture period (usually a week from assigned date). kinetic energy. pressure. potential energy) – Phys303 or high school physics Spreadsheet calculations for solving systems of linear equations. Key Words.. concentration. and times listed on the class web site. These quizzes are based on materials covered in reading assignments. absolute temperature) – Ch302. Self Assessment Test. the final grade distribution for all students will be plotted and cut-offs for grades will be determined based on breaks in the distribution. You have one week after the quiz is returned to you to request for re-grading. molarity. Late homework will not be accepted. Exams: Four exams will be given with the locations. please follow it for all homework. dates. Thought Problems. pressure. and plotting – ChE210 Time management skills to balance course load and reading assignments Course Notes: Lecture notes and study guides will be posted to the website. you will also be given a reading assignment. Ch204 Basic knowledge of statics and dynamics in physics (concepts of force. Quizzes: There will be unannounced quizzes of one or two questions held during the lecture period. with one solution submitted by the group. These lecture notes are designed in a format for ease note-taking and allow for more time to think about the material rather than spending the lecture trying to frantically copying the material from scratch Grading: Homework Quizzes Exams (4) Final 15% 15 % 40 % 30 % Final course grades will be assigned according to the “gap system”. Read the sections prior to the next lecture. You have one week after the exam is returned to you to request for re-grading. enthalpy of reaction. Reading Assignments: At the end of each lecture. a student’s performance in the class is measured relative to the performance of the remainder of the class. A homework formatting guide will be provided on the class web site. Re-grading requests should be submitted in writing at the end of that lecture period. . Thus. Homework may be group projects. and Discussion Questions in your textbook as a guide to whether you have fully understood the material. work. molecular weight. function minimization. etc. Your homework must be neatly presented in the standard chemical engineering format. and homework. ideal gas law.

etc. or quizzes will be accepted other than written certified medical excuses or written letters on university letterhead for UT-related school activities. physics. and Skills Students Should Gain From this Course:  Familiarity with chemical process equipment  Exposure to systems analysis and concepts of unit operations  Ability to convert between different sets of units. and calculate the percent conversion and yield of reactions  Ability to define steady state and distinguish between open and closed systems  Ability to solve material balances for systems with or without a chemical reaction. contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259. The University of Austin provides upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. bypass. ability to distinguish between wet and dry bulb temperatures  Ability to apply the phase rule  Ability to define heat. equilibrium. and computing 2. and purge  Ability to define an ideal gas. and calculate based on the perfect gas equation  Ability to apply Dalton’s and Amagat’s Laws for ideal gas mixtures  Ability to define vapor pressure. enthalpy. energy. with or without chemical reactions  Ability to solve simple combined material and energy balances (with or without chemical reactions)  Ability to distinguish and calculate adiabatic and non-adiabatic problems  Ability to apply spreadsheet calculations to mass and energy balance problems  Exposure to library and reference data sources  Ability to work in groups Chemical Engineering Program Outcomes Achieved: 1. Absences: No excuses for missed tests. chemistry. saturation. An ability to participate effectively in team-oriented activities 4. Abilities. and to distinguish between gauge and absolute pressures  Ability to write and balance chemical reaction equations  Ability to identify the excess and limiting reagents. triple point.  Ability to estimate heat capacities and calculate enthalpy changes. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics. For more information..Final Exam: The final exam will be comprehensive and will be given at the listed time and date. An ability to apply and integrate the major elements of chemical engineering to solve problems of analysis 3. etc. to use the appropriate gravitational conversion factor. dew point. with and without phase changes  Ability to use steam tables  Ability to solve energy balances for open and closed systems. Knowledge. ability to solve a number of interconnected units involving recycle. work. exams. An ability to learn to communicate effectively in written form . partial saturation (humidity). 471-6441 TTY.

condensation and vaporization Partial saturation and humidity Vapor-liquid equilibrium Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Part 4: Energy Balances Types of energy and related concepts (potential. Vapors.php http://www. Cox Charts and steam tables etc.) are important in Ch322. vapor pressures. Additionally. ChE322. use of steam tables) Basic non-reactive energy balances Combined mass and energy balances with reactions Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 . Part 1: Introduction to Engineering Analysis Introduction to Chemical Engineering Introduction to Chemical Engineering Calculations Processes and Process Variables Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Part 2: Material Balances Fundamentals of material balances Problem solving definition and strategies Material balances for single. ChE350. unreactive units Material balances accounting for reactions Material balances for systems with reactions Multi-unit processes with reactions Material balances with recycle. bypass and purge Chapter 4 Part 3: Behavior of Gases. please consult the websites below: http://deanofstudents. ChE354. Any form of plagiarism or academic dishonesty will NOT be tolerated in ChE 317. and Solids Single phase systems Multiphase systems Vapor pressure: Antoine.Impact on Subsequent Courses in Curriculum: Virtually every subsequent ChE course requires material and energy balance concepts. If you have any questions. properties of materials (gas laws. Liquids. kinetic and enthalpy changes. ChE 363. internal. and ChE473K Academic Integrity: The University has a strict policy on academic integrity.html Failure to comply with the University’s policy will result in a “zero” in the assignment and an “F” for ChE 317.