Course Descriptions

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Undergraduate Courses

204. Elementary Chemical Engineering. (3-0). Credit 3.

Solution of elementary problems by application of mass balances, energy balances and equilibrium relationships. Prerequisite: Admission to upper-level chemical engineering.

205. Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I. (3-0). Credit 3.

First and second laws of thermodynamics; volumetric properties of pure fluids; heat effects; applications to flow processes, power cycles, refrigeration.

Prerequisites: CHEN 204; MATH 251

282. Engineering Biology. (3-0). Credit 3.

Application of engineering principles to biological function at the molecular and cellular level.

Prerequisite: Admitted to upper level Chemical Engineering. Cross listed with BMEN 282.600 Course Descriptions/Chemical Engineering

285. Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 4

Directed study of special projects or studies in chemical engineering processes or operations, for lower division students. Credit not applicable to degree requirements in chemical engineering.

Prerequisites: Freshman or sophomore classification; approval of department head.

289. Special Topics in... Credit 1 to 4.

Selected topics in an identified area of chemical engineering for lower division students. May be repeated for credit. Credit not applicable to degree requirements in chemical engineering.

Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

301. Engineering Workplace Writing. (3-0). Credit 3.

Processes for preparing documents commonly developed by engineers in the workplace; database research; electronic collaboration; ethics, planning, drafting, revising, and editing reports, proposals, correspondence, instructions, procedures, and presentations for the engineering workplace; meets ABET communication requirements.

Prerequisites: ENGL 104 or equivalent; junior or senior classification in chemical engineering or approval by CHEN.

304. Chemical Engineering Fluid Operations. (3-0). Credit 3.

Fundamentals of fluid mechanics with applications to design and analysis of process equipment.

Prerequisites: CHEN 205; MATH 308.

313. Chemical Engineering Materials. (3-0). Credit 3.

Overview of materials science with particular emphasis on classes of materials relevant to chemical engineers.

Prerequisite: CHEN 204, MATH 251 or registration therein, CHEN 205 or registration therein.

320. Numerical Analysis for Chemical Engineers. (3-0). Credit 3.

Applications of numerical analysis techniques to mathematical models of processes common to chemical and associated industries; computational methods and software for analysis of chemical engineering processes.

Prerequisites: CHEN 205, MATH 308 or approval of instructor.

323. Chemical Engineering Heat Transfer Operations. (3-0). Credit 3. III

Continuation of CHEN304. Heat transfer operations.

Prerequisite: CHEN 304.

354. Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II. (3-0). Credit 3.

Applications of thermodynamics to pure and mixed fluids; phase equilibria and chemical reaction equilibria.

Prerequisites: CHEN 205; CHEN 320 or registration therein; MATH 308.

409. Mathematical Models of Chemical Processes. (3-0). Credit 3.

Development of the mathematical models of chemical and physical processes common to the petroleum processing, chemical and associated industries.

Prerequisite: CHEN 424.

414. Chemical Engineering Laboratory I. (0-3). Credit 1.

Laboratory work based on CHEN 304 and CHEN 323.

Prerequisites: CHEN 304 and 323; ENGL 210 or ENGL 301.

422. Unit Operations in Food Processing. (2-2). Credit 3.

Design of food process engineering systems; basic concepts of rheology and physical properties of foods; fundamentals of heat and mass transfer and process control.

Prerequisites: CHEN 205 and CHEN 304, or ENGR 214. Cross-listed with BAEN 422.

424. Chemical Engineering Mass Transfer Operations. (3-0). Credit 3.

Introduction to mass transfer operations with applications to design and analysis of process equipment.

Prerequisites: CHEN 323 or registration therein; CHEN 354.

425. Process Integration, Simulation and Economics. (2-3). Credit 3.

Integration, simulation, and economic methods involved in the design of chemical processes and equipment.

Prerequisite: CHEN 320, CHEN 323 or registration therein; CHEN 354.

426. Chemical Engineering Plant Design. (1-6). Credit 3.

Integration of material from other chemical engineering courses with applications to the design of plants and processes representative of the chemical and related process industries.

Prerequisites: CHEN 424 and CHEN 425; graduating senior or approval of instructor.

430. Risk Analysis in Safety Engineering. (3-0). Credit 3.

Concepts of risk and risk assessment, which uses all available information to provide a foundation for risk-informed and cost-effective engineering practices; examples and exercises are drawn from a variety of engineering areas.

Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification. Cross-listed with SENG 430.

433. Chemical Engineering Laboratory II. (0-3). Credit 1.

Laboratory work based on CHEN 424, CHEN 461 and CHEN 464.

Prerequisites: CHEN 414 and CHEN 424; CHEN 464 or registration therein. Course Descriptions/Chemical Engineering 601

440. Introduction to Transport Phenomena. (3-0). Credit 3.

Unifying principles and analytical description of phenomena of momentum transport (viscous flow), energy transport (heat conduction and convection) and mass transport (diffusion) in continuous media; similarities and differences in these phenomena.

Prerequisite: Senior classification or approval of instructor.

450. Microfabrication and Microfluidics Technology. (3-0). Credit 3.

Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technology; study the fundamentals of fluidics, heat and mass transfer, surface chemistry, and electrochemical interactions.

Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

451. Introduction to Polymer Engineering. (3-0). Credit 3.

Fundamentals of polymer reaction kinetics, morphology, chemical and rheological properties with applications to polymer synthesis, production and processing operations.

Prerequisite: Senior classification in chemical engineering or approval of instructor.

455. Process Safety Engineering. (3-0). Credit 3.

Applications of engineering principles to process safety and hazards analysis, mitigation, and prevention, with special emphasis on the chemical process industries; includes source modeling for leakage rates, dispersion, analysis, relief valve sizing, fire and explosion damage analysis, hazards identification, risk analysis, accident investigations.

Prerequisite: Senior classification in any engineering major. Cross-listed with SENG 455.

458. Fundamentals of Environmental Remediation Processes. (3-0). Credit 3.

Fundamental approach to various remediation technologies; topics in environmental thermodynamics and mass transfer; adsorption, desorption, ion exchange, air stripping extractions, chemical oxidation, biodegradation.

Prerequisites: CHEN 354 and CHEN 424.

459. Gas and Petroleum Processing. (3-0). Credit 3.

Design and operation of petroleum and gas processing facilities including hydrate suppression, dehydration, sweetening, sulfur recovery, LPG and liquid recovery, refining operations; analysis of the design and operations involving a large degree of process simulation.

Prerequisites: CHEN 323 and approval of instructor.

460. Quantitative Risk Analysis in Safety Engineering. (3-0). Credit 3.

Fundamental concepts, techniques, and applications of risk analysis and risk-informed decision making for engineering students; practical uses of probabilistic methods are demonstrated in exercises and case studies from diverse engineering areas.

Prerequisite: Senior or graduate classification. Cross-listed with SENG 460.

461. Process Dynamics and Control. (3-0). Credit 3.

Analysis of process dynamics and methods for the design of automatic control systems for chemical process plants.

Prerequisite: CHEN 320.

464. Chemical Engineering Kinetics. (3-0). Credit 3.

Introduction to kinetics of reactions and application of fundamental principles to design and operation of commercial reactors.

Prerequisites: CHEN 320, CHEN 323, CHEN 354 or approval of instructor.

470. Introduction of Biomedical Optics. (3-0). Credit 3.

Fundamentals of biomedical optics; basic engineering principles used in optical therapeutics, optical diagnostics and optical biosensing.

Prerequisites: MATH 308; PHYS 208. Cross-listed with BMEN 470.

471. Introduction to Biochemical Engineering. (3-0). Credit 3.

Fundamentals of microbial and enzyme processes; application of biochemical reaction kinetics, transport phenomena and chemical reactor design principles to design and analysis of enzyme reactors and fermentation systems.

Prerequisite: Senior classification in engineering or approval of instructor. Cross-listed with BAEN 471.

475. Microelectronics Process Engineering. (3-0). Credit 3.

State-of-the-art process engineering principles on microelectronics, especially for the fabrication of very large scale integrated circuits (VLSICs); fundamental unit processes, such as thin film deposition, thermal growth, lithography, etching and doping, material structures and properties, and basic device operation principles.

Prerequisites: CHEN 354 and CHEN 464 or approval of instructor; CHEM 322.

481. Seminar. (0-2). Credit 1.

Preparation of oral and written reports on selected topics from recent technical publications.

Prerequisites: Senior classification in chemical engineering, ENGL 210 or ENGL 301.

485. Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 5.

Work covers one or more problems in chemical engineering processes or operations.

Prerequisite: Approval of department head.

489. Special Topics in... Credit 1 to 4.

Selected topics in an identified area of chemical engineering. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: Senior classification in chemical engineering or approval of instructor.

491. Research. Credit 1 to 4.

Research conducted under the direction of faculty member in chemical engineering. May be repeated 2 times for credit.

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior classification and approval of instructor.


Graduate Courses

601. Chemical Engineering Laboratory Safety and Health. (1-0). Credit 1.

Control of hazards associated with chemical engineering research laboratories and the chemical process industry; causes and prevention of accidents, emergency procedures, safety codes, health effects of toxic substances and experimental design for safety.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

604. Chemical Engineering Process Analysis. (3-0). Credit 3.

Development and analysis of chemical process models that involve systems of algebraic equations, and partial differential equations.

Prerequisite: MATH 308 or approval of instructor.

623. Fundamentals and Applications of Thermodynamics to Chemical Engineers (3-0) Credit 3.

Application of thermodynamics to chemical engineering operations and processes.

Prerequisite: CHEN 354 or approval of instructor.

624. Chemical Engineering Kinetics and Reactor Design (3-0). Credit 3.

Rates and Mechanisms of chemical reactions. Thermal and Catalytic reactions both homogeneous and heterogeneous.

Prerequisite: CHEN 464 or approval of instructor.

629. Advanced Transport Phenomena (3-0). Credit 3.

Principles of transfer of momentum, energy and mass studied by application to advanced chemical engineering problems. Theoretical analogy of these three models of transfer.

Prerequisite: CHEN 461 or approval of Instructor.

631. Process Dynamics I (3-0). Credit 3.

Dynamics, simulation and control of linear models of fluid, thermal and mass transfer processes for chemical industries by means of transient and frequency response analysis and design methods.

Prerequisite: CHEN 461 or approval of Instructor.

633. Theory of Mixtures (3-0). Credit 3.

Basic relations of statistical thermodynamics. Intermolecular forces, liquid state, theory of mixtures, critical state, theory of conformal solutions, orientational effects, theorem of corresponding states and applications to distillation and extraction.

Prerequisite: CHEN 623 or approval of instructor.

634. Multiphase Reactors. (3 -0). Credit 3.

Laboratory reactors; mixing phenomena in multiphase reactors; tracer techniques in chemical reactor characterization; tickle bed reactors; two phase and three phase fluidized bed reactors; bubble columns; slurry reactors.

Prerequisite: CHEN 624 or approval of instructor.

643. Applied Statistical Mechanics of fluids. (3-0). Credit 3.

Application of molecular theories and computer simulation techniques to describe the thermodynamics and transport properties of fluids and fluid mixtures.

Prerequisite: CHEN 623 or approval of instructor.

655. Process Safety Engineering. (3-0). Credit 3.

Applications of engineering principles to process hazards analysis including source and dispersion modeling, emergency relief systems, fire and explosion prevention and mitigation, hazard identification, risk assessment, process safety management, etc.

Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

658. Fundamentals of Environmental Remediation Processes. (3-0). Credit 3.

Fundamental approach to various remediation technologies, topics in environmental thermodynamics and mass transfer, adsorption, desorption, ion exchange, air stripping, extraction, chemical oxidation, biodegradation.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification in engineering.

661. Optimization of Chemical Engineering Processes. (3-0). Credit 3.

Methods of optimization applied to the design and control of chemical engineering processes.

Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

681. Seminar. (1-0). Credit 1.

Graduate students will be required to attend discussions covering problems of current importance in chemical engineering research.

684. Professional Internship. Credit 1 to 4 each semester.

Engineering research or design experience in industrial setting away from Texas A&M campus; projects supervised jointly by faculty and industrial representative.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

685. Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 12.

One or more of numerous problems in chemical engineering processes and operations.

Prerequisite: Approval of program chair and instructor.288 Texas A&M University at Qatar

689. Special Topics in… Credit 1 to 4.

Selected topics in particular areas of chemical engineering. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: Approval of program chair and instructor.

691. Research. Credit 1 or more each semester.

Problems of unit operations and unit processes. For maximum credit. Comprehensive thesis must be prepared of sufficiently high calibre to permit publication in scientific and technical journals.

Prerequisite: Approval of program chair.

695. Graduate Mentoring Seminar (1-0) Credit 1.

Develop student skills in assessment; expose students to education in classroom setting.

Prerequisites: 4 chemical engineering core graduate courses; graduate advisor approval.