Undergraduate Catalog 2005- 2006

Chemical Engineering

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
307 Furnas Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4200

Phone: 716.645.2911
Fax: 716.645.3822
Web: www.cheme.buffalo.edu

Carl R. F. Lund
Chair

David A. Kofke
Director of Undergraduate Studies
kofke@eng.buffalo.edu

About the Program

Chemical engineering concerns the design, scale-up, and operation of chemical processes, and the understanding and design of technologically useful materials. Chemical engineers are responsible for the economical, safe, and environmentally benign production of useful quantities of vital materials— from grams of a new drug to tons of a commodity chemical. Chemical engineers use these same skills to understand and manipulate natural processes, such as in biological systems. The program at UB is broadly based to prepare graduates for positions in engineering development, design, economic evaluation, sales, construction, production, and management. A number of undergraduates go on to graduate work and careers in research, and some pursue degrees in medicine, business, or law.

Students intending to major in chemical engineering should have strong backgrounds in chemistry and mathematics. Sophomore- and junior-year students take a combination of theoretical and applied courses in chemical engineering, in addition to several courses in physical and organic chemistry. The senior year extends this base and builds upon it with courses in design and electives. Many of the courses are accompanied by laboratory sessions. Communication skills, both oral and written, are stressed through laboratory reports. Some senior students are exposed to research in a senior projects course; others obtain industrial experience through local internships or through the chemical engineering co-op program.

In 2003 the department changed its name (adding “Biological”) to reflect the important and growing contributions that chemical engineers make in the field of biological applications. The profession is evolving to meet the increasing need for engineers who speak the languages of chemistry and biology, and who possess strong quantitative skills. Although the degree offered by the department is still in chemical engineering, several courses are offered to permit study of biological engineering, and there is even more opportunity to focus in biology through selection of electives.

Degree Options

In addition to the regular BS program, a five-year BS-CE/MBA combined degree program has been established. Also, the Department of Biological Sciences offers a special biotechnology minor exclusively for chemical engineering majors.

Chemical Engineering - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.0 in technical and engineering courses.

Required Courses

CE 212 Introduction to Chemical Engineering
CE 304 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
CE 307 Chemical Engineering Design
CE 311 Unit Operations I
CE 317 Transport Processes I
CE 318 Transport Processes II
CE 327 Chemical Engineering Laboratory I
CE 328 Chemical Engineering Laboratory II
CE 407 Unit Operations II
CE 408 Chemical Engineering Plant Design
CE 427 Chemical Engineering Laboratory III
CE 428 Chemical Engineering Laboratory IV
CE 429 Chemical Engineering Reaction Kinetics
CE 433 Materials Science and Corrosion
CHE 107 General Chemistry for Engineers
CHE 108 General Chemistry for Engineers
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry
CHE 204 Organic Chemistry
CHE 332 Physical Chemistry Laboratory for Chemical Engineers
CHE 334 Physical Chemistry for Chemical Engineers
EAS 140 Engineering Solutions
EAS 204 Thermodynamics
EAS 207 Statics
EAS 230 Higher-Level Language
MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
MTH 241 College Calculus III
MTH 306 Introduction to Differential Equations
PHY 107 General Physics I
PHY 108/PHY 158 General Physics II/Lab
One 100/200/300/400-level technical elective
One 200/300/400-level technical elective
One 300/400-level technical elective
One engineering elective
Two chemical engineering technical electives

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 113

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall—CHE 107, EAS 140, MTH 141
Spring—CHE 108, MTH 142, PHY 107

SECOND YEAR
Fall—CE 212, EAS 204, MTH 241, PHY 108/PHY 158, one 100/200/300/400-level technical elective
Spring—CE 304, EAS 207, EAS 230, MTH 306, one 200/300/400-level technical elective

THIRD YEAR
Fall—CE 307, CE 317, CE 327, CHE 201
Spring—CE 311, CE 318, CE 328, CHE 204, CHE 332, CHE 334

FOURTH YEAR
Fall—CE 407, CE 427, CE 429, CE 433, one chemical engineering technical elective
Spring—CE 408, CE 428, one chemical engineering technical elective, one 300/400-level technical elective, one engineering elective


Chemical Engineering/Business Administration - B.S / M.B.A

Acceptance Criteria

Good standing as a chemical engineering student and acceptance as a graduate student by the School of Management.

Advising Notes

MBA core courses must be taken as noted due to cohort system.

Required Courses

All courses required for the chemical engineering BS degree, minus one 300/400-level technical elective, and minus one engineering elective
MGA 604 Introduction to Financial Accounting
MGB 601 Behavioral and Organizational Concepts
MGE 601 Economics for Managers
MGF 631 Financial Management
MGM 625 Marketing Management
MGQ 606 Probability and Statistics*
MGS 630 Operations and Service Management
MGS 641 Strategic Management
Two MBA flex core courses
Six MBA electives
MBA internship

*If EAS 308 is taken in the third year, MGQ 606 may be replaced with an MBA elective.

Summary
Total required credit hours for the undergraduate portion: 107

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Refer to the School of Management's MBA handbook for requirements for MBA candidates.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall—CHE 107, EAS 140, MTH 141
Spring—CHE 108, MTH 142, PHY 107

SECOND YEAR
Fall—CE 212, EAS 204, MTH 241, PHY 108/PHY 158, one 100/200/300/400-level technical elective
Spring—CE 304, EAS 207, EAS 230, MTH 306, one 200/300/400-level technical elective

THIRD YEAR
Fall—CE 307, CE 317, CE 327, CHE 201
Spring—CE 311, CE 318, CE 328, CHE 204, CHE 332, CHE 334

FOURTH YEAR
Fall—CE 407, CE 427, MGA 604, MGB 601, MGE 601, MGQ 606
Spring—CE 428, MGF 631, MGM 625, MGS 630, one CE technical elective, one MBA flex core course

SUMMER
MBA internship, one MBA elective

FIFTH YEAR
Fall—CE 429, CE 433, one MBA flex core course, two MBA electives
Spring—CE 408, MGS 641, three M.B.A. electives, one CE technical elective

Contact the School of Management for flex core and elective options.

Upon completion of undergraduate program requirements and all MBA requirements, the combined degree is conferred at the end of the fifth year.



Course Descriptions

CE 212 Introduction to Chemical Engineering

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  EAS 140
Type:  LEC

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Integrates fundamentals of mathematics, physics, and chemistry into chemical engineering concepts; laws of conservation of mass and energy.

 

CE 304 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

Credits:  4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  EAS 204
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Applies equilibrium thermodynamics to chemical engineering problems. Calculates thermodynamic properties of ideal and real gases and of fluid mixtures. Phase equilibria, emphasizing vapor-liquid equilibrium. Chemical reaction equilibria in gases, liquids, heterogeneous systems.


CE 307 Chemical Engineering Design I

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  junior standing
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces process control: mathematical modeling of simple systems, dynamic response, feedback control, stability; engineering economics: investment and profitability, cost estimation, optimization.

 

CE 311 Unit Operations 1

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  CE 317
Corequisites:  CE 318
Type:  LEC

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First semester of a two-semester course. Important unit operations normally encountered in industrial processes treated in detail: fluid flow, heat exchange, evaporation, gas absorption, humidification, drying, and crystallization.


CE 317 Transport Processes I

Credits:  4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  MTH 306
Corequisites:  CE 212, CE 327
Type:  LEC

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Introduces fluid statics and dynamics with examples from chemical engineering operations. Applies macroscopic mass, energy, and momentum balances to fluid flow problems. Dimensional analysis and correlation of turbulent flow data. Theories of turbulence. The Navier-Stokes equations, momentum transport and velocity profiles in one-dimensional laminar flow, boundary layers, and potential flow.

 

CE 318 Transport Processes II

Credits:  4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  CE 317
Corequisites:  CE 311, CE 328
Type:  LEC

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The equations of change of heat and mass transport. Steady- and unsteady-state heat conduction in one and two dimensions. Free and forced convection; prediction and correlation of heat transfer. Mass transfer by diffusion and convection; analogies with heat transfer. Simultaneous mass transfer and chemical reaction.


CE 327 Chemical Engineering Laboratory I

Credits:  1
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Accompanies CE 317. Theory of transport processes and unit operations. One three-hour laboratory per week or equivalent.

 

CE 328 Chemical Engineering Laboratory II

Credits:  1
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  CE 327
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Accompanies CE 318. Continuation of CE 327.


CE 406 Chemical Engineering Projects

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  senior standing in chemical engineering
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

May include industrial internships or research on individual problems offered by faculty members. Problems vary year to year, but may include chemical process studies, studies of engineering materials, computer analysis of specific chemical engineering problems. Problems announced in previous semester. Assignments, where possible, follow student preferences and require consent of faculty members who guide the work.

 

CE 407 Unit Operations II

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  CE 304, CE 318
Corequisites:  CE 427
Type:  LEC

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Continuation of CE 311. Staged operations of distillation, absorption, leaching, and extraction. Phase equilibria and application of equilibrium data to calculational methods provide knowledge of solution methods and limitations for binary and multicomponent systems.


CE 408 Chemical Engineering Plant Design

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  CE 311, CE 407, CE 429
Corequisites:  CE 428
Type:  LEC

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Applies chemical engineering principles to the design of chemical plants and process equipment. Preliminary economic evaluations of plants. Process flow sheet development; material and energy balances; equipment specification, fundamentals of engineering economics and profitability analysis; strategies in process design and synthesis.

 

CE 420 Rheology of Fluids

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  introductory course in fluid mechanics
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Technologies involving rheologically complex liquids; interpretation of rheological anomalies; stress, strain, and rate of deformation; rheological equations of state. Measures rheological parameters; laminar flow of rheologically complex liquids in pipes, stirred tanks, and porous media. Turbulent flow and drag reduction. Heat transfer.


CE 427 Chemical Engineering Laboratory III

Credits:  1
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Accompanies CE 407. Includes reaction kinetics. Continuation of CE 328.

 

CE 428 Chemical Engineering Laboratory IV

Credits:  1
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  CE 427
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Accompanies CE 408. A continuation of CE 427.


CE 429 Chemical Engineering Reaction Kinetics

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  senior standing in chemical engineering or chemistry, or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Chemical kinetics as applied to the design of chemical reaction equipment. Introduces the theory of reaction rates in homogeneous and heterogeneous systems; experimental methods; analysis of rate data; reactor types and design; selectivity in complex reaction systems.

 

CE 433 Materials Science and Corrosion

Credits:  4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  CHE 320 or CHE 334
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Properties of solids, which chemical engineers need to understand and exploit in regard to chemical processing and industrial equipment; how chemical and physical structures determine the uses of the products of the chemical industry. Crystal structure, crystal defects, and how they dominate mechanical properties. Thermal and electrical properties of solids. Polymer structures and properties. Corrosion: mechanisms and prevention.


CE 435 Introduction to Polymers

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  senior standing or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Classifies polymers with respect to structure and formation reaction; relations between chemical structure and physical properties; some characteristics of polymer solutions; mechanical behavior; and engineering properties.

 

CE 442 Engineering and Process Economics

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  senior standing
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Economic aspects of chemical engineering: time value of money, including interest and investments; alternative methods of analysis, such as annual costs, percent, and rate of return; process costs and concepts, including cost estimation, and chemical equipment and plant costs; a small cost-related process design project.


CE 443 Chemical Process Analysis and Synthesis

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  CE 407
Corequisites:  CE 408
Type:  LEC

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Introduces fundamentals of process design utilizing computer techniques and methods.

 

CE 444 Chemical Process Control

Credits:  4
Semester:
Prerequisites:  senior standing in chemical engineering or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces principles of process control. Feedback, feedforward, and open-loop control. Effects of major controller actions on typical processes: on-off, proportional, integral, and derivative. Predicts the dynamic response of a process through mathematical models. Frequency response analysis; introduces tuning of a system.


CE 446 Biochemical Engineering

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  senior standing or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Significant microbial products, organisms, and substrates; directing microbial activity by random mutation and recombinant DNA; kinetics of growth and product formation; types of fermenters; aeration and agitation; scale-up; sterilization; product separation.

 

CE 457 Colloid and Surface Phenomena

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  senior standing or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Dispersed systems (e.g., suspensions, emulsions, foams, and other systems) in which surface effects dominate behavior. Surface tension. Gas adsorption and adsorption from solution. Effects of surface charge. Wetting, detergency, adhesion. Transport processes dominated by surface tension.


CE 459 Special Topics

Credits:  1 - 4
Semester:
Prerequisites:  permission of director of undergraduate studies
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The content of this course is variable, and, therefore, it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Topics in the field of specialization selected with the permission of the instructor.

 

CE 460 Special Topics

Credits:  1 - 4
Semester:
Prerequisites:  permission of director of undergraduate studies
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The content of this course is variable, and, therefore, it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Topics in the field of specialization selected with the permission of the instructor.


CE 471 Frontiers of Chemical Technology

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  senior standing or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Exposes students to a broad range of industrial problems and the techniques to solve them using a project-oriented approach.

 

CE 496 Internship/Practicum

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  Permission of Instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Hands-on experience in the field. Problems vary from year to year, and may include chemical process studies, engineering materials studies, or computer-based analysis of specific chemical engineering problems. Internship assignments follow student preferences where possible and require consent of a faculty members who guide the work. Typically, students are required to spend approximately ten unpaid hours per week at an industrial site. Grading is based in part on written and oral reports that are required upon completion of the internship.


CE 497 Departmental Honors Thesis/Project

Credits:  1 - 3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  Acceptance into the departmental honors program, permission of instructor`
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Accepted seniors pursue a specialized, independent study leading to an Honors thesis or project.

 

CE 498 Undergaduate Research and Creative Activity

Credits:  1 - 3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  Permission of Instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Students collaborate with faculty research mentors on an ongoing faculty research project or conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member. This experience provides students with an inquiry-based learning opportunity and engages them as active learners in a research setting.


CE 499 Independent Study

Credits:  1 - 9
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Students should be accepted for work on a specific topic by a member of the teaching staff of the chemical engineering department. Special forms are available in the dean’s office.

  

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