CHE 201 - Introduction to Chemical Engineering

Course Credit 3-0-3


Course Instructor: Dr. Ramazan Kahraman,

Office: 16-220, Tel.: 4987, E-mail:

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Catalog Data:        The basic principles and techniques used for calculations of material balances in chemical engineering processes are introduced.  The material covered involves fundamental engineering concepts, formulation and solution of increasingly complex chemical engineering process problems and familiarization with physical properties and behavior of ideal and real gases. Problem solving sessions.


Textbook:                Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes, 3/e, by Richard M. Felder & Ronald W. Rousseau, J. Wiley, 2000.


Ref. Book:               Basic Principles & Calculations in Chemical Engineering, by David M. Himmelblau, Prentice Hall.


Objective:               To introduce students to basic concepts in chemical engineering:  Basic principles and calculations of chemical engineering; material balances and their applications; ideal and real gases including mixtures; concepts of multiphase systems.


Outcomes:               Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:


1.     Convert quantities from one set of units to another quickly and accurately [1].


2.     Define and determine properties of process streams including fluid density, flow rate, chemical composition (mass and mole fractions, concentrations), fluid pressure, and temperature [1].


3.     Draw and label process flowcharts from verbal process descriptions. Carry out degree of freedom analyses (process bookkeeping).


Write and solve material balance equations for single-unit and multiple-unit processes, processes with recycle and bypass, and reactive processes [1, 7].


4.     Perform pressure-volume-temperature calculations for ideal and non-ideal gases. Incorporate the results of these calculations into process material balance calculations [1].


5.     Perform vapor-liquid equilibrium calculations for systems containing one condensable component and for ideal multicomponent solutions. Incorporate the results of these calculations into process material balance calculations [1].


                                 *    The number in [ ] reference the corresponding chemical engineering undergraduate program outcomes.


Pre-requisites:        1.   FORTRAN or C++ (ICS 101) or (ICS 102)

2.     2nd Course in Physics (PHYS 102)

3.     2nd Course in Chemistry (CHEM 102)




                 Introduction to Chemical Calculations (Chapter 2)                       6 lectures

                 Process and Process Variables (Chapter 3)                                  6 lectures

                 Fundamentals of Material Balances (Chapter 4)                           15 lectures

                 Single-Phase Systems (Chapter 5)                                                6 lectures

                 Multi-Phase Systems (Chapter 6)                                                  7 lectures

                 Review & Exams & Examination Reviews                                   5 lectures


Computer Usage:   Computer aided material balance calculations.


Laboratory Projects: None.  There is a two hours/week tutorial session.


Evaluation Methods:    1.  Homeworks.

2.     Quizzes.

3.     Major exams and final exam.


Grading Policy:Two Major Exams 50%

Final 35%

Homeworks 5%

Quizzes 10%

Total 100%


No make-up exams. (If a student misses a major exam with an official excuse, he will be assigned a mark according to his position in the final exam relative the class average.


Attendance:            Attendance will be regularly taken and the university regulations will be strictly enforced.


ABET Category Content:

                                 Engineering Science:   3.0 credits or 100%

                                 Engineering Design:    0 credits or 0%