Multistory Learning Complex

Multistory Learning Complex

Steel-toe boots, safety glasses, and hard hats are required in this real-world chemical-processing-focused laboratory. The complex offers over 6,500 square feet of learning area in a multistory arrangement.

Hands-On Chemical Engineering Education

Hands-On Chemical Engineering Education

Chemical engineering students focus on operating a computer-controlled shell and tube heat exchanger. The Unit Operations Lab provides students with many industrially relevant learning opportunities.

Liquid Extraction Experiment

Liquid Extraction Experiment

Students equipped with personal protective equipment (PPE) operate a liquid extraction unit. Proper process safety gear and practices are emphasized in the lab.

World-Class Operations Experience

World-Class Operations Experience

Chemical engineering seniors learn the intricacies of chemical process units. Here, a student team carefully monitors reactant concentrations in a reactor system.

Go with the Flow

Go with the Flow

A student gains hands-on experience with state-of-the-art flow measurement equipment. Practical skills such as these prove to be indispensable on a graduate's first job in industry.

Seniors Are All Smiles

Seniors Are All Smiles

Senior students satisfied with the performance of a liquid-extraction column pose for the camera. With experience that prepares them to hit the ground running, seniors in the chemical engineering program have much to smile about.

Teamwork Is Key

Teamwork Is Key

Students work in teams to safely operate pilot-plant-scale equipment, such as the constant and variable speed centrifugal pumps pictured here, in a lab with a view.

Unit Operations Lab

The Department of Chemical Engineering offers students a unique learning experience with its world-class Unit Operations Laboratory and Process Simulation and Control Center (PSCC), which boasts 6,500 square feet and a three-story open bay dedicated to chemical-processing education.

The laboratory features 18 bench and pilot-plant-scale unit-operations experiments focused on pumping fundamentals, heat exchange, membrane separation, kinetics, liquid extraction, vacuum drying, and flow measurement, among other chemical processes. Students gain hands-on experience with two fully automated pilot plants: a three-story distillation column (solvent recovery unit) and a two-story batch reactor. The PSCC is equipped with a DeltaVTM control system and OSI Soft-PIdataTM historian and retrieval software.

This unique facility affords students the opportunity to learn in a real-world chemical-processing work environment providing a practical, hands-on experience. Two exciting capstone courses for chemical engineering seniors are based on the lab; these courses allow students to build teamwork skills in a state-of-the-art learning complex. Process safety is emphasized in the laboratory.

 

 

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