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Process Engineering

Process engineering focuses on the design, operation, control and optimization of chemical, physical and biological processes through with help from a systematic computer-based method. Process engineering is applied in a wide range of industries such as, chemical, petrochemical, mineral processing, advanced material, food, pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries.

Processing systems engineering is a relatively new area of chemical engineering. The term was first used in a special volume of AlChE symposium series in 1961. However, it was not until 1982 when the first international symposium on this topic took place in Kyoto, Japan.

There are several significant accomplishments made in process engineering. The first is process design, synthesis of energy recovery networks, synthesis of distillation systems, synthesis of reactor networks and the design of the production reactors for the production of plutonium. Process control models predictive control, controllability measures, robust control, nonlinear control, statistical process control and thermodynamic-based control. Process operations contribute when scheduling process networks, multiperiod planning and optimization, data reconciliation, real-time optimization and fault diagnosis. The last accomplishment is the support tools. These tools include sequential modular simulation, equation based process simulation, AL/expert systems, large-scale nonlinear programming, optimization of differential algebraic equations, mixed integer nonlinear programming and global optimization. 

Categories within Process Engineering

Petroluem Refinery Engineering

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Petroleum refining processes are the engineering processes that used in petroleum refineries to transform crude oil into useful products such as liquefied petroleum gas, gasoline or petrol, kerosene, jet fuel, diesel oil and fuel oils.

Plastics Engineering

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Plastics engineering is the processing, design, development, and manufacture of plastics products.

Paper Engineering

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Paper engineering is a branch of engineering that deals with the ability to convert renewable raw materials into useful and valuable products.

Calculating Rate of Water Removal

See the attached file. In a wood chemistry/wood physics lab, we were asked to place a piece of wood that contained approx. 64% moisture content in a hydraulic press where we applied a constant 400 psi pressure and applied a constant 400 degrees F of heat. We inserted a Type K thermocouple into the piece of wood so we could reco

Inlet velocity and flow from approach piping to the stilling well

Please see the attached file for the fully formatted problem(s). Please see the attached file for the fully formatted problem(s). > 1200 gallons/min of water flows into approach piping that is tapered in design ----- 1000 gallons/min enters a stilling well while 200 gallons per minute recirculates back to a tank: Questi

Calculate insulating/heat resistance values

Please see the attached file for the fully formatted problem(s). Determine which of the following 3 material substrates would have the best R-value or lowest thermal conductivity. The purpose is to determine which of the 3 materials would make the best insulator to heat and cold? The following is given:

Cooling and heat transfer of/from various materials.

An imaginary dimensionless room has a ceiling fan that moves 10 cubic feet of air per minute. Assuming the air flow is directed downward at a temperature of 65 degrees F --- there are 3 materials below at which the ceiling fan air is directed: 1) A 1 gallon container of water at 140 degrees F 2) A 1 pound block of wood at 22

Arrhenius Equation for Process/Air Pollution Control

A thermal process (in this example a large rotating dryer) operating at 1500 degrees F is said to have air emissions of 5 lbs/hr formaldehyde (from the presence of formic acid) and 2 lbs/hr acetaldehyde (from the presence of acetic acid). The air stream from the thermal process is quantified as 75,000 cu. ft. per minute. The

Specify Control Scheme: Vapor-Phase Reactor

8.14. Overhead vapor from a distillation column passes through a partial condenser. The uncondensed portion is fed into a vapor-phase reactor. The condensed portion is used for reflux in the distillation column. The vapor fed to the reactor can also come from a vaporizer which is fed from a surge tank. To conserve energy, it is

Specify Control Scheme: Heat Exchanger

7.22. A reactor is cooled by circulating liquid through a heat exchanger that produces low-pressure (10 psig) steam. This steam is then split between a compressor and a turbine. The portion that goes through the turbine drives the compressor. The portion that goes through the compressor is used by 50 psig steam users. 100 p stea

Specify Control Scheme for Heat Integrated Distillation Columns

Please see the attached file for the fully formatted problem(s). 8.15. Two distillation columns are heat-integrated as shown in the sketch below. The first column has an auxiliary condenser to take any excess vapor that the second column does not need. The second column has an auxiliary reboiler that provides additional heat

Specify Control Scheme for a Cryogenic Stripper

Please see the attached file for the fully formatted problem(s). S.17. Sketch a control scheme for the cryogenic stripper shown below that is used for removing small amounts of propane from natural gas. [DIAGRAM] (a) Cooling-water valve V-I is manipulated to control the gas temperature leavü4 the cooler. (b) Valve

P-H Diagram, Power Requirement, and Displacement Rate

See the attached file. An R 22 refrigeration cycle (shown on the following page) is used to provide 35 kW of cooling at -20 °C. R 22 leaves the water-cooled condenser 3 °C subcooled. The condensing temperature is 25 °C and the temperature in the flash tank is 0 °C. A portion of the flow from the condenser is cooled in the f

Continuous Stirred Tank Reactor and Plug Flow Reactor

Please see the attached file for the fully formatted problem(s). 1. Calculate the volume of a CSTR and of a PFR needed to convert 10 L/min of a 2.0 M solution of A to a concentration of 0.1 M. The reaction is A --> B, the rate law is -r = k CA, where k is 0.01667 sec-1. Which is larger? Why? 2. For the reaction given in p

Find the apparent viscosity for each flow rate Q.

A capillary rheometer is used to measure viscosity. A pressure transducer records the pressure drop deltaP across the die, and the die capillary has a diameter of 2 mm. Experiments are carried out at three volume flow rates Q, for dies of three lengths l. The Table below gives values of deltaP in MPa measured for polypropylene a

Steam Cycles: Two Stage Turbine and Cycle Efficiency

Steam is supplied to a two-stage turbine at 40 bar and 350°C. It expands in the first turbine until it is dry saturated, then it is reheated to 350°C and expanded through the second-stage turbine. The condenser pressure is 0.035 bar. Calculate the work output and the heat supplied per kg steam for the plant assuming ideal proc

Rankine Cycle

Consider a Rankine cycle with reheat. Compressed water enters the boiler at 21 bars and is heated to 500C. Due to frictional effects there is a pressure loss of 1 bar in the boiler. At the exit of the boiler 40% of the steam produced is extracted for an external chemical process. The exhaust pressure of the first turbine is