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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.