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    Chemical Engineering

    S. Gehrke, Head

    Professors Erickson, Edgar, Fan, Gehrke, Glasgow, King, Schlup, and Walawender; Associate Professors Pfromm and Rezac; Assistant Professor Hohn; Emeriti: Professors Akins, Kyle, and Matthews.


    Chemical engineers contribute to society by providing an essential link between the basic chemical sciences and commercial application and production. Chemical engineering is a core engineering discipline, firmly rooted in the basic sciences. As a result, chemical engineering graduates have a broad array of career choices available to them. Chemical engineers find employment in the chemical and allied industries including energy, petrochemical, biotechnology, agriculture, food, pharmaceutical, environmental, and microelectronics.

    Educational objectives
    The primary educational objective of the chemical engineering program is to prepare students for diverse professional careers in chemical engineering or for advanced professional study, including medical school. The curriculum is well suited for motivated students with strong interest in and aptitude for chemistry, physics, and mathematics.

    Graduates are given a solid foundation in mathematics and the basic sciences over the first half of their academic program, and then focus on the chemical engineering discipline over the second half. They learn how to: account for the matter and energy flowing through a chemical process (CHE 320); analyze flows of fluids, heat, and matter (CHE 530, 531); use thermodynamics to understand physical and chemical equilibria (CHE 520, 521); design chemical reactors to create valuable products from raw materials (CHE 550) and the continuous and stagewise separation units that purify these products (CHE 560); and ultimately to tie these different operations together to operate in concert in a manner that is safe, effective, profitable, and environmentally sound (CHE 561, 570, 571). These principles are further developed and demonstrated using modern computational methods (CHE 316, 516) and in laboratory courses (CHE 522, 532, 542).

    Professional skills such as communication, teamwork, and ethics are developed throughout the program. Electives in other disciplines enable graduates to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams and meet the challenges of rapidly increasing technological complexity with an awareness of the impact of this technology on society. Graduates will be motivated to make worthwhile contributions to the profession and society and to appreciate the value of life-long learning.

    Dual degree program
    A dual chemical engineering and science degree (such as chemistry) program can be earned at K-State, or arranged with other institutions. The College of Engineering assistant dean of student services can assist in arranging a program with the K-State College of Arts and Sciences, or with the pre-engineering advisor at a transfer institution. Information about these programs is available in the College of Engineering Dual Degrees section of this catalog.

    Areas of concentration
    If a student desires to emphasize a particular area such as biochemical, food, computer and control systems, energy, materials, or environmental engineering, there are three possibilities: areas of emphasis, minors, and secondary majors.

    For an area of emphasis the student selects appropriate technical electives. Lists of recommended technical electives for some of the areas for emphasis commonly chosen are available in the department office.

    A student may also acquire a minor in an area of concentration or complete requirements for admission to medical or law school. Students interested in the latter should consult the Pre-Professional Programs section of this catalog. A student may also complete requirements for a secondary major in an area such as natural resources and environmental sciences. Other opportunities are described in the Secondary Majors section of this catalog.

    Selection of technical electives and choices for areas of concentration should be made in consultation with the student's academic advisor.

    Curriculum in chemical engineering (CHE)
    Bachelor of science in chemical engineering
    134 hours required for graduation
    Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology, 111 Market Place, Suite 105, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012. 410-347-7700


    Fall semester
    ENGL 100Expository Writing I*3
    CHM 220Chemical Principles I 5
    MATH 220Analytic Geometry and Calculus I4
    SPCH 105Public Speaking IA2
    CHE 015Engineering Assembly
    Spring semester
    CHM 250Chemical Principles II 5
    MATH 221Analytic Geometry and Calculus II4
    ECON 110Principles of Macroeconomics I3
    CHE 015Engineering Assembly
    Fall semester
    MATH 222Analytic Geometry and Calculus III4
    PHYS 213Engineering Physics I5
    CHM 531Organic Chemistry I3
    CHE 316Chemical Engineering Computational Techniques I1
    CHE 015Engineering Assembly
    Spring semester
    MATH 240Elementary Differential Equations4
    PHYS 214Engineering Physics II5
    CHM 550Organic Chemistry II3
    CHE 320Introduction to Process Analysis3
    CHM 532Organic Chemistry Lab2
    CHE 015Engineering Assembly
    Fall semester
    CHM 585Physical Chemistry I3
    CHM 586Physical Chemistry I Lab2
    CHE 520Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I2
    CHE 530Transport Phenomena I3
    CHE 015Engineering Assembly
    Spring semester
    CHM 595Physical Chemistry II3
    ENGL 415Written Communication for Engineers*3
    CHE 522Chemical Engineering Lab I2
    CHE 521Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II3
    CHE 531Transport Phenomena II3
    CHE 015Engineering Assembly
    Fall semester
    CHE 516Chemical Engineering Computational Techniques II1
    CHE 532Chemical Engineering Lab II2
    CHE 560Separational Process Design3
    CHE 550Chemical Reaction Engineering3
    CHE 570Chemical Engineering Systems Design I2
    CHE 015Engineering Assembly
    Spring semester
    CHE 542Chemical Engineering Lab III3
    CHE 561Chemical Process Dynamics and Control3
    CHE 571Chemical Engineering Systems Design II4
    CHE 015Engineering Assembly
    *The prerequisite for ENGL 415 is satisfied with an A or B in ENGL 100. Otherwise students must take ENGL 200, which may be substituted for 3 credit hours of technical electives.

     Students may elect to meet freshman chemistry requirements through the following course sequence: Chemistry I (CHM 210), Chemistry II (CHM 230), and Chemical Analysis (CHM 371).

    Thirty-three hours of electives are required and they are to be selected in consultation with the student's advisor. All electives must be on the list approved by the department or have the approval of the department head and must support the educational objectives of the chemical engineering program. Both the required and elective components of a student's overall program of study should meet UGE criteria.

    The departmental requirements below must be satisfied.

    1. Fifteen hours of social sciences and humanities electives, are required. These courses are to be selected from the list approved by the College of Engineering. At least 6 hours of 300-level or higher UGE courses must be included within these fifteen hours.

    All courses must be taken for a letter grade.

    2. Technical electives must total 18 credit hours and must include courses selected from at least two of the following three subject areas: engineering materials; analytical mechanics (both statics and dynamics must be represented); and circuits, fields, and electronics.

    3. The remaining technical electives are to be selected to enhance the student's professional development.

    Chemical engineering courses
    CHE 015. Engineering Assembly. (0) I, II.

    CHE 316. Chemical Engineering Computational Techniques I. (1) I, II, S. Application of computational methods including programming to chemical engineering problems. Three hours lab a week. Pr. or conc.: MATH 221.

    CHE 320. Introduction to Process Analysis. (3) I, II. An introduction to chemical engineering with emphasis on material and energy balances. Three hours rec. a week. Pr. or conc.: MATH 240 and CHE 316.

    CHE 350. Engineering Materials. (2) I, II. Structures of metals, ceramics, glasses, polymers, semiconductors, and composites. Mechanical, electrical, and magnetic properties. Multiphase equilibrium and modification of properties through changes in microstructure. Two hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHM 230. Pr. or conc.: PHYS 213.

    CHE 352. Engineering Materials I. (3) I, II. Structure of metals, ceramics, glasses, polymers, semiconductors, and composites. Mechanical, electrical, and magnetic properties. Multiphase equilibrium and modification of properties through change in microstructure. Two hours rec. a week and three hours lab a week. Pr.: CHM 230. Pr. or conc.: PHYS 213.

    CHE 356. Corrosion. (1) I, II. An introductory survey of corrosion mechanisms and prevention. Emphasis is on the corrosion of metals. One hour rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 350 or 352.

    CHE 499. Honors Research in Chemical Engineering. (Var.) I, II. Individual research problem selected with approval of faculty advisor. Open to students in the College of Engineering honors program. A report is presented orally and in writing during the last semester.

    CHE 516. Chemical Engineering Computational Techniques II. (1) I. Application of computational methods with emphasis on simulation to chemical engineering problems. Three hours of lab a week. Pr.: CHE 316 and conc.: CHE 550 and 560.

    CHE 520. Ch.E. Thermodynamics I. (2) I. A study of the first and second laws of thermodynamics, real gases, heat of solution and reaction. Two hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 320. Pr. or conc.: CHM 585.

    CHE 521. Ch.E. Thermodynamics II. (3) II. A continuation of the study of the second law, thermodynamic analysis of processes, phase equilibrium, chemical reaction equilibrium. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 520.

    CHE 522. Chemical Engineering Laboratory I. (2) II. Laboratory experiments on momentum and heat transfer. Five hours lab a week. Pr.: CHE 520 and 530.

    CHE 530. Transport Phenomena I. (3) I. A unified treatment of the basic principles of momentum, energy, and mass transport. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 320 and MATH 240.

    CHE 531. Transport Phenomena II. (3) II. Continuation of Transport Phenomena I with special emphasis on mass transfer. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 530.

    CHE 532. Chemical Engineering Laboratory II. (2) I. Laboratory experiments on heat and mass transfer. Five hours lab a week. Pr.: CHE 521 and 531.

    CHE 542. Chemical Engineering Laboratory III. (3) II. Laboratory experiments on classical unit operations, e.g., distillation, absorption, extraction, and on chemical kinetics and process dynamics. Eight hours lab a week. Pr.: CHE 516, 550, and 560. Pr. or conc.: CHE 561.

    CHE 550. Chemical Reaction Engineering. (3) I. Applied chemical kinetics and catalysis including the analysis and design of tubular, packed bed, stirred tank, and fluidized bed chemical reactors. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 521 and 531. Conc.: CHE 516.

    CHE 560. Separational Process Design. (3) I. Development of the basic theory and design of separational processes such as distillation, gas absorption, liquid extraction, adsorption, and ion exchange. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 521 and 531. Conc.: CHE 516.

    CHE 561. Chemical Process Dynamics and Control. (3) II. A study of the unsteady state behavior and control of chemical processes. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 550 and 516.

    CHE 570. Chemical Engineering Systems Design I. (2) I. Basic concepts of process economics with application to the design of chemical processes. Two hours rec. a week. Pr. or conc.: CHE 550 and 560.

    CHE 571. Chemical Engineering Systems Design II. (4) II. Basic concepts of process optimization with application to the synthesis and design of chemical processing systems. Emphasis will be on the solution of comprehensive systems design problems. Two hours rec. and six hours lab a week. Pr.: CHE 516, 550, 560, and 570. Pr. or conc.: CHE 561.

    CHE 580. Problems in Chemical Engineering or Materials Science. (Var.) I, II, S. An introduction to chemical engineering research. Pr.: Approval of department head.

    CHE 626. Bioseparations. (2) II, in even years. Study of separations important in food and biochemical engineering such as leaching, extraction, expression, absorption, ion exchange, filtration, centrifugation, membrane separation, and chromatographic separations. Two hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 531 or AGE 575.

    CHE 648. Processing of Composite Materials. (3) I, II. Principles of composite materials, including ceramic, metal, and polymer matrix composites; properties and processing of fibers; role of interfaces in composites; basic concepts in mechanics, failure, and testing of composite materials. Three hours lec. a week. Pr.: CHE 350 or 352.

    CHE 650. Hazardous Waste Engineering Seminar. (1) I, II, S. Topics in hazardous materials management and control, waste reduction and minimization, hazardous substance tracking, and hazardous waste engineering. One hour rec. a week. Pr.: CHM 230.

    CHE 653. Ceramic Materials. (3) I, II. Structure and bonding in glasses and ceramics; phase equilibria and transformation kinetics; defects and microstructure within ceramic materials; mechanical, thermal, optical, electrical, and magnetic properties of ceramics and glasses. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 350 or 352.

    CHE 661. Processing of Materials for Solid State Devices. (3) I, II. Structure, properties, and processing of materials for solid state devices. Crystal growth, epitaxy, oxidation, diffusion, lithography, and etching as applied to device fabrication. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 350 or 352.

    CHE 664. Electrochemical Engineering. (3) I, II. Thermodynamics, electrode kinetics, and transport phenomena of electrochemical systems. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 521 and 531.

    CHE 681. Engineering Materials II. (3) I, II, S. The structure and bonding in crystalline and amorphous materials; crystallography; thermodynamic stability in materials; equilibrium diagrams and the phase rule; rate theory and kinetics of solid-state transformations; mechanical behavior of engineering materials; dislocations; failure mechanisms. Three hours lec. a week. Pr.: CHE 350 or 352.

    CHE 682. Surface Phenomena. (2) I, II, S. Principles and applications of interfacial phenomena, including capillarity, colloids, porosity, adsorption, and catalysis. Two hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 520.

    CHE 715. Biochemical Engineering. (3) I. The analysis and design of biochemical processing systems with emphasis on fermentation kinetics, continuous fermentations, aeration, agitation, scale up, sterilization, and control. Three hours rec. a week. Pr. or conc.: CHE 550.

    CHE 725. Biotransport Phenomena. (3) I, II. Principles of transport phenomena applied to biological and physiological processes. Membrane transport processes, circulatory system transport phenomena, transport and distribution of drugs. Pr.: CHE 530.

    CHE 735. Chemical Engineering Analysis I. (3) I, II, S. The mathematical formulation of problems in chemical engineering using partial differential equations, vector and tensor notation. Solution of these problems by analytical and numerical methods. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 530.

    CHE 745. Analysis of Physiological Processes. (3) II. Principles of process and systems analysis applied to problems in biology and medicine. Analysis of mixing in-flow systems, principles and applications of tracer analysis, analysis of kinetic and adsorption processes. Pr.: CHE 550.

    CHE 750. Air Quality Seminar. (1) I. Topics in air quality including health effects, toxicology, measurement, characterization, modeling, management, and control. One hour rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 230.

    Topics within Engineering:
    dObjectives and Design Basis dSupport Services dCivil Engineering
    dGeneral Requirements dResearch Centers dComputing and Information Sciences
    dUniversity General Education dExtension and Outreach dElectrical and Computer Engineering
    dDegree Programs dGeneral Engineering dIndustrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
    dProgram Options dArchitectural Engineering/ Construction Science and Management dMechanical and Nuclear Engineering
    dInterdisciplinary Studies dBiological and Agricultural Engineering   
    dDual Degrees dChemical Engineering   
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