Course Descriptions - Undergraduate Calendar 2017-2018

University of Waterloo Home | Undergraduate Calendar | Course Description Index | Contact Us | Privacy
University of Waterloo
C H E M I C A L   E N G I N E E R I N G 

Notes

Prerequisite: For all courses in the Department of Chemical Engineering, registration in Chemical Engineering or permission of the Associate Chair (Undergraduate Studies) is required.

CHE 100s


CHE 100 LAB,LEC,TST,TUT 0.75Course ID: 003971
Chemical Engineering Concepts 1
Introduction to basic methods and principles in Chemical Engineering. The fundamentals of engineering calculations (units and dimensions), behaviour of fluids, mass balances, processes and process variables. Laboratory on visual communication: engineering graphics, computer software including spread sheets, computer aided design. Technical communication: word processing software, elements of technical report writing. Aspects of the engineering profession including ethics, safety, and intellectual property. Professional development including résumé skills, interview skills, and preparation for co-op terms.
[Note: 42 hours of Laboratory work during the term. Offered: F]
Prereq: 1A Chemical Engineering

CHE 101 LAB,LEC,TST,TUT 0.50Course ID: 003972
Chemical Engineering Concepts 2
An extension of the topics covered in CHE 100. Energy balances. Laboratory experiments illustrate the physical principles discussed. (In the Winter term only: professional development including résumé skills, interview skills, and preparation for co-op terms.) [Offered: W, S]
Prereq: CHE 100; Level at least 1B Chemical Engineering

CHE 102 LEC,TST,TUT 0.50Course ID: 003973
Chemistry for Engineers
Chemical principles with applications in engineering. Stoichiometric calculations, properties of gases, properties of liquids and solutions, gas phase chemical equilibrium, ionic equilibrium in aqueous solution, oxidation-reduction reactions, chemical kinetics. [Offered: F]
Prereq: Open only to students in Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Geological, Management, Mechanical, Mechatronics and Software Engineering

CHE 121 LEC,TST,TUT 0.50Course ID: 011990
Engineering Computation
Introduction to digital computers, hardware and software organization. Programming fundamentals. Algorithms and control structures. Computer communication. Spreadsheets for problem solving, plotting, fitting data, building new functions, and making iterations and loops. Problem solution, plotting, and creating complex programs in a programming environment. Elementary numerical methods (e.g. Taylor series summations, roots of equations, roots of polynomials, system of linear and nonlinear algebraic equations, integration). Applications in Chemical Engineering. [Offered: W, S]
Prereq: Level at least 1B Chemical Engineering.
Antireq: CIVE 121, ECE 150, GENE 121, SYDE 121

CHE 161 LEC,TST,TUT 0.50Course ID: 011991
Engineering Biology
Introduction to basic concepts of biochemistry and cell biology. Overview of the chemistry of amino acids, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids. Properties and functions of biopolymers. Elements of cell structure and diversity, and relationship of biochemistry with cell metabolism. A focus on biotechnologically relevant examples such as biomimetic engineering design, proteomics, system biology and high throughput biology. [Offered: W, S]
Prereq: Level at least 1B Engineering or Software Engineering

CHE 200s


CHE 200 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 003949
Equilibrium Stage Operations
Equilibrium between phases; the equilibrium stage concept. Cascades of stages with and without reflux; group methods and stage-by-stage approaches; graphical solutions. Applications in the separation of components by distillation, absorption, stripping, extraction and leaching. [Offered: F, W]
Prereq: 2A Chemical Engineering

CHE 201 SEM 0.00Course ID: 009212
Seminar
General Seminar.
Prereq: 2A Chemical Engineering

CHE 202 SEM 0.00Course ID: 009213
Seminar
General Seminar.
Prereq: 2B Chemical Engineering

CHE 211 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 003952
Fluid Mechanics
Fundamentals of fluid flow. Conservation laws for mass, momentum and mechanical energy. Flow of fluids in conduits. Flow past immersed bodies. Flow through beds of solids, fluidization. Transportation and metering of fluids. Dimensional analysis. [Offered: F, S]
Prereq: 2B Chemical Engineering

CHE 220 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 003950
Process Data Analysis
Introduction to statistical methods for analyzing and interpreting process data. Introduction to statistical ideas, probability theory, distribution theory, sampling theory, confidence intervals and significance tests. Introduction to regression analysis. Introduction to design of experiments and statistical quality control. [Offered: F, W]
Prereq: 2A Chemical Engineering

CHE 230 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 003951
Physical Chemistry 1
Thermodynamics: work and heat as forms of energy. First law, internal energy and enthalpy. Heats of chemical and physical changes. Cycles and the second law, entropy. Spontaneity and equilibrium, free energies. Systems of variable composition, chemical equilibrium. Phase equilibrium and the phase rule. Ideal solutions, colligative properties. [Offered: F, W]
Prereq: 2A Chemical Engineering

CHE 231 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 003953
Physical Chemistry 2
Thermodynamics: ideal solutions; non-ideal solutions, non-electrolytic and electrolytic solutions, phase equilibrium and phase diagrams, reaction equilibrium. Surface phenomena: surface tension, capillarity, properties of small particles, adsorption. Chemical kinetics: rate laws, reaction rates, mechanisms, catalysis, heterogeneous reactions. [Offered: F, S]
Prereq: 2B Chemical Engineering

CHE 241 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 012020
Materials Science and Engineering
Fundamentals; atomic bonding, crystalline structure, crystal defects, non-crystalline materials; structure and properties of metals, ceramics, glasses, semi-conductors. Amorphous materials, polymers, composites. Processing and concepts of engineering design of materials. [Offered: F, S]
Prereq: 2B Chemical Engineering

CHE 290 LAB 0.25Course ID: 011992
Chemical Engineering Lab 1
A selection of computer and laboratory exercises refreshing and reinforcing material covered in the previous term. Topics may include: basic microbiology and biotechnology, introductory physical chemistry, mass and energy balances. [Offered: F, W]
Prereq: 2A Chemical Engineering

CHE 291 LAB 0.25Course ID: 011993
Chemical Engineering Lab 2
A selection of computer and laboratory exercises refreshing and reinforcing material covered in the previous term. Topics may include: physical chemistry, design of experiments and statistics, and equilibrium stage operations. [Offered: F, S]
Prereq: 2B Chemical Engineering

CHE 298 PRJ 0.25Course ID: 012004
Directed Research Project
Directed research project under the supervision of faculty members. Participation will give students experience in advanced research techniques, with valuable training for those potentially interested in graduate school or industrial research careers. Taken over and above normal course load. Good standing and permission of department required for registration.
[Note: This course graded as CR/NCR. Offered: F, W]
Department Consent Required

CHE 299 PRJ 0.25Course ID: 012005
Directed Research Project
Directed research project under the supervision of faculty members. Participation will give students experience in advanced research techniques, with valuable training for those potentially interested in graduate school or industrial research careers. Taken over and above normal course load. Good standing and permission of department required for registration.
[Note: This course graded as CR/NCR. Offered: F, S]
Department Consent Required

CHE 300s


CHE 301 SEM 0.00Course ID: 009214
Seminar
General Seminar.
Prereq: 3A Chemical Engineering

CHE 302 SEM 0.00Course ID: 009215
Seminar
General Seminar.
Prereq: Level at least 3B Chemical Engineering

CHE 312 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 013357
Mathematics of Heat and Mass Transfer
Fundamentals of mass transfer: species and mixture velocities, diffusive and convective fluxes, Fick's law and the diffusion coefficient. Vector form of the microscopic (differential) mass balance. Fundamentals of heat transfer: conduction, convection and radiation, Fourier's law and thermal conductivity. Vector form of the microscopic thermal energy balance for solids and incompressible fluids. Mass and heat transfer models leading to ordinary differential equation problems in Cartesian, cylindrical and spherical geometries; types of boundary conditions. Bessel functions. Analytical solution of linear partial differential equations: combination of variables, separation of variables and Sturm-Liouville theory, Laplace transform. Mass and heat transfer models leading to linear partial differential equations: 1D transient diffusion and conduction in Cartesian, cylindrical and spherical geometries; steady-state 2D conduction and diffusion. Heat-mass transfer analogies and dimensionless numbers. [Offered: W,S]
Prereq: 3A Chemical Engineering

CHE 313 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 013358
Applications of Heat and Mass Transfer
Convective heat transfer. Analysis of convective heat transfer in external flows using the boundary layer approach. Analysis of convective heat transfer in internal flows. Empirical correlations for convective heat transfer. Heat transfer with phase change: condensation and boiling. Heat exchanger design. Convective mass transfer. Empirical correlations for convective mass transfer. Mass transfer at fluid-fluid interfaces. Design of continuous differential contactors for absorption/stripping, distillation and liquid-liquid extraction. Analogy between heat, mass and momentum transfer. Dimensional analysis. Simultaneous heat and mass transfer operations. [Offered: F, W]
Prereq: Level at least 3B Chemical Engineering

CHE 314 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 003960
Chemical Reaction Engineering
Review of stoichiometry and chemical kinetics. Homogeneous reactors: isothermal operation; batch; semi-batch; continuous tank; plug flow reactor design. Continuous stirred-tank reactors (CSTRs) in series; plug flow reactor with recycle. Multiple reactions in reactor networks. Temperature effects in adiabatic and non-isothermal reactors. Yield, selectivity and optimal operation of reactors. Heterogeneous catalysis and effectiveness factors in two-phase reactors. [Offered: W, S]
Prereq: 3A Chemical Engineering

CHE 322 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 011995
Numerical Methods for Process Analysis and Design
Systems of linear and non-linear algebraic equations; polynomial and spline interpolation; numerical differentiation and integration; numerical solution of initial value and boundary value ordinary differential equation problems: accuracy and stability, step size control and stiffness; finite differences for the numerical solution of elliptic and parabolic partial differential equations: method of lines, explicit vs. implicit finite-difference methods; introduction to the finite element method (optional). The course extends material on numerical methods and their implementation in Matlab, covered in CHE 121, to address a variety of models of chemical engineering processes. [Offered: W, S]
Prereq: 3A Chemical Engineering

CHE 330 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 003957
Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
Review of fundamentals, including 2nd law and concepts of equilibrium, phase and reaction equilibria, fugacity, exergy. Thermodynamics applied to practical situations. Examples chosen from: fluid flow; power generation; refrigeration; air conditioning and water cooling; liquefaction of gases; equilibria in complex chemical reactions and separation processes; surface phenomena; electrochemical reactions; biological processes. [Offered: W, S]
Prereq: 3A Chemical Engineering

CHE 331 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 003962
Electrochemical Engineering
Topics and applications of electrochemistry and electrochemical engineering. Industrial process examples. Environmental aspects. Ionic equilibria. Laws of electrolysis. Theory of electrolytes. Transport properties of electrolytes. Reversible cell potentials. Irreversible electrode processes. Thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of corrosion. Common examples of corrosion. Electrochemical energy conversion and storage. [Offered: F, W]
Prereq: Level at least 3B Chemical Engineering

CHE 341 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 015397
Introduction to Process Control
Laplace transform techniques. Proportional-integral-derivative control. Frequency response methods. Stability analysis. Controller tuning. Process control simulation and computer control systems. Process identification. [Offered: F, W; first offered Fall 2020]
Prereq: Level at least 3B Chemical Engineering or Environmental Engineering

CHE 361 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 003956
Bioprocess Engineering
Review of elementary aspects of microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and genetic engineering. Introduction of biological systems for the production of commercial goods and services, e.g., foods, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, fuels, diagnostics, waste treatment, and biomaterials. Introduction to design of bioprocess systems, including biosafety and sustainability. Development of reaction kinetics associated with biological systems. Quantification of metabolism. Development of material balances for key constituents in bioreactors operated in different modes, e.g., batch, fed-batch, continuous stirred-tank reactor (CSTR), perfusion, recycle. Introduction to mass and heat transfer considerations for bioreactors. Dynamic simulation of cultures defined by ordinary differential equations. Introduction of downstream processes associated with biological systems and recovery of biological products. [Offered: F, W]
Prereq: Level at least 3B Chemical Engineering or Environmental Engineering

CHE 383 LEC 0.25Course ID: 015399
Chemical Engineering Design Workshop
An introduction to the engineering design process, including problem definition and needs analysis, critical analysis of problems, alternative solutions, process synthesis, design constraints, and safety and environmental protection in design. This course also develops and enhances team work, project management and technical communication (written and oral). Students in teams work on open-ended problems and apply the formal methods of engineering design. At the conclusion of this course, each student team presents a pre-proposal of the design project that will become the subject of CHE 482 and CHE 483. [Offered: F, W; first offered Fall 2020]
Prereq: 3B Chemical Engineering

CHE 390 LAB 0.25Course ID: 011996
Chemical Engineering Lab 3
A selection of computer and laboratory exercises refreshing and reinforcing material covered in the previous term. Topics may include: fluid mechanics, physical chemistry and kinetics, materials properties and testing. [Offered: W, S]
Prereq: 3A Chemical Engineering

CHE 391 LAB 0.25Course ID: 011997
Chemical Engineering Lab 4
A selection of computer and laboratory exercises refreshing and reinforcing material covered in the previous term. Topics may include: electrochemistry, heat transfer, mass transfer, fermentation and bioseparations. [Offered: F, W, last offered Winter 2020]
Prereq: Level at least 3B Chemical Engineering

CHE 398 PRJ 0.25Course ID: 012006
Directed Research Project
Directed research project under the supervision of faculty members. Participation will give students experience in advanced research techniques, with valuable training for those potentially interested in graduate school or industrial research careers. Taken over and above normal course load. Good standing and permission of department required for registration.
[Note: This course graded as CR/NCR. Offered: W, S]
Department Consent Required

CHE 399 PRJ 0.25Course ID: 012007
Directed Research Project
Directed research project under the supervision of faculty members. Participation will give students experience in advanced research techniques, with valuable training for those potentially interested in graduate school or industrial research careers. Taken over and above normal course load. Good standing and permission of department required for registration.
[Note: This course graded as CR/NCR. Offered: F, W]
Department Consent Required

CHE 400s


CHE 401 SEM 0.00Course ID: 009216
Seminar
General Seminar.
Prereq: 4A Chemical Engineering

CHE 402 SEM 0.00Course ID: 009217
Seminar
General Seminar.
Prereq: 4B Chemical Engineering

CHE 420 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 003964
Introduction to Process Control
Laplace transform techniques. Proportional-integral-derivative control. Frequency response methods. Stability analysis. Controller tuning. Process control simulation and computer control systems. Process identification. [Offered: F, S, last offered Fall 2020]
Prereq: 4A Chemical Engineering or Environmental Engineering

CHE 425 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 011994
Strategies for Process Improvement and Product Development
A course in practical statistics at a level one step beyond an elementary course. Material includes regression analysis for linear and nonlinear models, analysis of variance, statistical inference, single and multiple comparisons, and an introduction to the design of experiments including single factor designs, multifactor designs, response surface methods, d-optimality (with empirical and mechanistic models), and the analysis of undesigned data. Applications to process improvement, product development and research problems will be explored. Use of statistical analysis software to apply these techniques. [Offered: F, W]
Prereq: Level at least 3B Chemical Engineering.
Antireq: CHE 325

CHE 480 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 011999
Process Analysis and Design
Development and analysis of process flowsheets and chemical product design. Design and selection of common process equipment such as heat exchangers, pumps, piping, staged separations. Incorporation of pollution prevention and inherently safer design principles. Equipment and project cost estimation. [Offered: F, S]
Prereq: 4A Chemical Engineering

CHE 482 LEC,PRJ 0.50Course ID: 010016
Chemical Engineering Design Workshop
In this course, students study the design process including: problem definition and needs analysis; process synthesis, process debottlenecking and troubleshooting; safety and environmental protection in design; written and oral communication for design reports. A significant portion of the term work will be devoted to a group design project, culminating in a design proposal that will be presented to the department. [Offered: F, S]
Prereq: 4A Chemical Engineering

CHE 483 LEC,PRJ 0.50Course ID: 003969
Group Design Project
Student design teams of two to four members work on design projects of industrial scope and importance under the supervision of a faculty member. The projects are a continuation of those initiated in CHE 482. [Offered: W]
Prereq: CHE 482; 4B Chemical Engineering

CHE 490 LAB 0.25Course ID: 012000
Chemical Engineering Lab 5
A selection of computer and laboratory exercises refreshing and reinforcing material covered in the previous term. Topics may include: reaction kinetics and reactor engineering, heat and mass transfer unit operations, numerical methods, principles of design and safety. [Offered: F, S]
Prereq: 4A Chemical Engineering

CHE 491 LAB 0.50Course ID: 015398
Chemical Engineering Lab 5
Project-based experimental investigation of complex systems in main areas of application of chemical engineering. Topics selected from reaction engineering, separation processes, bioprocess engineering, electrochemical engineering, materials engineering and process control. [Offered: W; first offered Winter 2022]
Prereq: 4B Chemical Engineering

CHE 498 PRJ 0.25Course ID: 003966
Directed Research Project
Directed research project under the supervision of faculty members. Participation will give students experience in advanced research techniques, with valuable training for those potentially interested in graduate school or industrial research careers. Taken over and above normal course load. Good standing and permission of department required for registration.
[Note: This course graded as CR/NCR. Offered: F, S]
Department Consent Required

CHE 499 PRJ 0.50Course ID: 003970
Elective Research Project
A major undergraduate research project carried out as a technical elective (TE) under the supervision of a faculty member. An oral presentation of results and a written report are the minimum requirements. Other requirements may be set by the faculty supervisor or department. [Offered: F,W,S]
Prereq: One of CHE 398 or 399 or 498

CHE 500s


CHE 500 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012726
Special Topics in Chemical Engineering
Special courses on advanced topics may be offered from time to time, when resources are available. For current offerings, inquire at the CHE undergraduate office.
Prereq: Level at least 4A Chemical Engineering

CHE 514 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003997
Fundamentals of Petroleum Production
Fundamentals of surface chemistry, capillary pressure and wettability. Petrophysics, measurement and interpretation of electrical, capillary and flow properties of reservoir rock. Hydrostatic pressure regimes and estimation of oil and gas reserves. Darcy¿s law and modelling of steady-state and transient incompressible and compressible single-phase flow through porous media. Thermodynamics of petroleum fluids. Material balance for oil and gas reservoirs: subsurface withdrawal and primary production mechanisms. Oil well testing. Two-phase flow in oil reservoirs, relative permeability, Buckley-Leverett theory of linear water flooding and sweep efficiency. Introduction to enhanced oil recovery. [Offered: F]
Prereq: Level at least 3B Chemical, Environmental or Geological Engineering

CHE 516 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014525
Energy Systems Engineering
Energy systems in society. Review of fossil fuel reserves, production and consumption trends, including unconventional sources such as shale gas, and oil sands. Transportation fuels and alternative fuels; the design of hybrid power trains, fuel cells and batteries. Design considerations of carbon-free energy generation and carbon-neutral technologies, including nuclear, wind, solar and bio-energy. Design of energy storage on a 'utility scale' and portable power sources. Applications of thermodynamics in the design of energy systems, including the Rankin and Brayton cycles. Other energy system topics as appropriate. [Offered: F]
Prereq: Level at least 3B Chemical or Environmental Engineering.
Antireq: ME 459

CHE 522 LEC 0.50Course ID: 004002
Advanced Process Dynamics and Control
State space methods. Sampled-data systems. Discrete systems. Transform methods. Multivariable control. Computer control. Closed-loop analysis. Design of controllers. Control of complex chemical systems. [Offered: W]
Prereq: 4B Chemical Engineering

CHE 524 LAB,LEC 0.50Course ID: 004004
Process Control Laboratory
Experiments on process dynamics, control and simulation of processes. Time constant; step and frequency response; controller tuning; multivariable control strategies. Implementation using simulation systems, mainframe computer control, microcomputers. [Offered: W]
Prereq: 4B Chemical Engineering

CHE 541 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012001
Introduction to Polymer Science and Properties
An introduction to principles governing polymerization reactions and the resultant physical properties of polymers. Molecular weight distribution. Crystallinity. Step-growth and chain-growth polymerization and copolymerization. Selected additional topics in polymer characterization/ properties. [Offered: F]
Prereq: Level at least 3B Chemical Engineering

CHE 543 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012002
Polymer Production: Polymer Reaction Engineering
Mathematical modelling and polymer reactor design. Physical properties and rheological behaviour of the polymeric, glassy and rubbery states. Polymer solution properties. Selected additional topics in specialty polymerization techniques for branched systems and nano-materials. [Offered: W]
Prereq: 4B Chemical Engineering

CHE 562 LEC 0.50Course ID: 004016
Advanced Bioprocess Engineering
Application of process engineering principles to the design and operation of fermentation reactors which are widely used in the pharmaceutical, food, brewing and waste treatment industries. Aspects of mass transfer, heat transfer, mixing and rheology with biochemical and biological constraints. [Offered: W]
Prereq: Level at least 4B Chemical Engineering

CHE 564 LEC 0.50Course ID: 004018
Food Process Engineering
Applications of unsteady and steady state heat and/or mass transfer operations to processing natural and texturized foods. Design and analysis of sterilization, low temperature preservation, concentration, separation and purification processes. Effects of formulation, additives and processing on organoleptic and nutritional quality. [Offered: W]
Prereq: Level at least 4B Chemical Engineering

CHE 571 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012003
Industrial Ecology
Industrial Ecology is a rapidly growing field that systematically examines local, regional, and global uses and flows of materials and energy in products, processes, industrial sectors, and economies. It focuses on the potential role of industry in reducing environmental burdens throughout the product life cycle from the extraction of raw materials to the production of goods, to the use of those goods and to the management of the resulting wastes. This course will review the environmental issues associated with chemical industries and the roles of engineers to manage these issues. The principles and philosophy of green chemistry will be addressed including pollution prevention in unit operations. The concepts and practices of environmental life cycle analysis and accounting will be addressed in detail, together with the basics of risk assessment, management and communication. [Offered: F]
Prereq: Level at least 3B Chemical or Environmental Engineering

CHE 572 LEC 0.50Course ID: 004021
Air Pollution Control
Nature and sources of air pollutants. Transport of pollutants and dispersion modeling for regulatory purposes. Design of industrial particulate capture systems using cyclones, electrostatic precipitators, filters, scrubbers. Design of organic compound emissions control using incineration, biofiltration, adsorption and absorption. Overview of NOx and SOx control. Indoor air quality assessment techniques. [Offered: W]
Prereq: Level at least 3B Chemical or Environmental Engineering

CHE 574 LEC 0.50Course ID: 004023
Industrial Wastewater Pollution Control
Primary focus is on the control and treatment of inorganic aqueous waste from chemical process industries. Waste minimization methods with specific examples such as rinsewater circuit design. Principles and design of treatment methods: chemical treatment, precipitation, coagulation and flocculation, ion exchange and membrane separation. Treatment of organic aqueous waste. [Offered: W]
Prereq: Level at least 3B Chemical or Environmental Engineering