CHE 596-603 Chemical Process Simulation

The course will cover the use of some software packages to model chemical and biochemical processes and unit operations in stand-alone and combination modes. Processes to model on both continuous and batch modes include heating/cooling, heat exchange, fluid flow, phase equilibria, flash operations, distillation, absorption/desorption, extraction, chemical reactions, and fermentation. Students will develop the ability to model some of the afore-mentioned processes from first principles using Matlab and Excel-VBA and all other processes using commercial software packages, such as Aspen Plus, UniSim Design, and SuperPro Designer (accessible at Virtual Computing Lab at NCSU through Remote Desktop connection) . Some cost analysis will be covered. 3 credit hours.


• Prerequisite

Knowledge of mass and energy balance concepts, solution techniques of differential equations, fluid mechanics, mass transfer and separation processes, thermodynamics, chemical kinetics and reaction engineering.

• Course Objectives

Learn the use of:

  1. Matlab & Excel-VBA in process simulation by first principle; and
  2. Aspen Plus, UniSim Design and SuperPro Designer in complex process simulation

• Course Requirements

Homework assignments
2 Exams
Project assignments

• Textbook

Course notes, on-line tutorials, and assignments

• Computer and Internet Requirements

NCSU and Engineering Online have recommended minimum specifications for computers. For details, click here.

• Instructor

Dr P. K. Lim, Professor
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Engineering Building I (EB1) 2040
Box 7905
NCSU Campus
Raleigh, NC 27695

Phone: 919-515-2328
Fax: 919-515-3465