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Chemical Engineering

Undergraduate Officer
I.F. Macdonald, E1-2509, ext.2413

Note: Prerequisite: For all courses in the Department of Chemical Engineering, registration in the Department or in the Chemical Engineering branch of the Environmental Engineering program or permission of the Associate Chair (Undergraduate Studies) is a requirement.


CH E 100 F 3C,1T,6L for first 6 weeks 0.75
Chemical Engineering Concepts 1
An introduction to the basic methods and principles used by engineers in the analysis and design of physical processes: units, dimensions, and measurements; mass balances; behaviour of fluids. Laboratory on visual communication is included.

CH E 101 W,S 3C,1T,2L 0.5
Chemical Engineering Concepts 2
An extension of the topics covered in H E 100. Energy balances. Laboratory experiments illustrate the physical principles discussed.
Prereq: CH E 100

CH E 102 F 3C,2T 0.5
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.


CH E 201/202 F,W/S,F 1C 0
General Seminar

CH E 021 F,W 3C,1T 0.5
Transport Processes 1 (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.
Prereq: CH E 101, MATH 115
Coreq: CH E 023

CH E 022 F,W 3C,1T 0.5
Applied Mathematics 1 (Statistics)
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.
Prereq: MATH 115, 117, or consent of instructor
Cross-listed as ENV E 222

CH E 023 F,W 3C,1T,3L1 0.5
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 solution, colligative properties.
Prereq: CH E 101,102
Alternate weeks

CH E 025 S,F 3C,2L 0.5
Transport Processes 2 (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.
Prereq: CH E 101
Cross-listed as ENV E 213

CH E 026 S,F 3C,1T,3L1 0.5
Physical Chemistry 2
Thermodynamics: ideal dilute solutions; equilibria in condensed phases and in non-ideal systems; fugacities and activities. Surface phenomena: surface tension; capillarity; adsorption; electrical double layers; colloids. Transport properties: thermal conductivity, viscosity and diffusion coefficients. Chemical kinetics: rate laws; mechanisms; catalysis; reaction rates; heterogeneous reactions; photochemistry. Polymers: types; thermodynamics of solutions.
Prereq: CH E 023
Alternate weeks


CH E 301/302 W,S/F,W 1C 0
General Seminar

CH E 030 W,S 3C,1T 0.5
Transport Processes 3 (Heat Transfer)
Fundamentals of heat transfer: steady and transient conduction; convection; radiation. Heat transfer with change of phase. Analogies between momentum and heat transfer; dimensional analysis. Boiling and condensation. Applications to engineering problems and heat exchanger design.
Prereq: CH E 025, MATH 216

CH E 031 W,S 3C,1T,3L 0.5
Process Flowsheeting
Process simulation and mathematical modelling of chemical engineering flowsheets involving process units. Design variables; process simulation architectures; flowsheet decomposition theories. Use of modern computer-aided process design packages such as CHEMSHARE, ASPEN and SPEEDUP.
Prereq: MATH 118, GEN E 121, E 025, 026

CH E 032 W,S 3C,3L1 0.5
Introductory Biotechnology
Biological systems for the production of commercial goods and services: foods, drugs, chemicals, fuels, equipment, diagnostics, waste treatment. Properties of microbial, plant and animal cells, and of enzymes used in bioprocess applications. Classification and characterization of biological agents and materials; quantification of metabolism, biokinetics, bioenergetics. Elementary aspects of molecular biology, genetic engineering, biochemistry, microbiology.
Prereq: CHEM 026 or consent of instructor
Alternate weeks

CH E 033 W,S 3C,1T 0.5
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.
Prereq: CH E 026

CH E 034 W,S 3C,1T,3L1 0.5
Inorganic Process Principles 1
Inorganic chemical processes of industrial importance: sulphuric acid; nitric acid; ammonia; chlorine; phosphate; caustic; uranium. Principles and applications of atomic and molecular structure to inorganic processes; atomic theory; bonding; stereochemistry; catalysis; transition metal chemistry. Some thermodynamic aspects of inorganic chemistry: thermodynamics; stability of elements and compounds; graphical representation of thermodynamic data; aqueous solution thermodynamics. Inorganic materials: structure and properties of metals and alloys; ceramics; composites; semi-conductors. Selected topics in biology, polymers, metallurgy.
Prereq: CH E 026, MATH 118
Alternate weeks

CH E 035 F,W 3C,1T 0.5
Transport Processes 4 (Mass Transfer)
Steady state and unsteady state mass transfer by molecular and turbulent motion. Heat-mass transfer analogies. Mass transfer models and applications: absorption; extraction; adsorption. Simultaneous heat and mass transfer in gas-liquid contacting and solids drying.
Prereq: CH E 021, 030, MATH 216

CH E 036 F,W 3C 0.5
Chemical Reaction Engineering
Review of stoichiometry and chemical kinetics. Homogeneous reactors: isothermal operation; batch; semi-batch, continuous tank, plug flow reactor design. CSTR's 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.
Prereq: CH E 026, MATH 216, E 121
Cross-listed as ENV E 333

CH E 037 F,W 3C 0.5
Applied Mathematics 2 (Advanced Mathematics in Chemical Engineering)
Ordinary and partial differential equations useful in the analysis and modelling of chemical engineering processes. Problem formulation in fluid mechanics, heat and mass transport, and reaction engineering. Special functions and numerical techniques.
Prereq: MATH 115, 210, 216
Cross-listed as ENV E 321

CH E 038 F,W 3C,3L1 0.5
Inorganic Process Principles 2
Scope of and topics in 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.
Prereq: CH E 034
Alternate weeks


CH E 401/402 S,F/W 1C 0
General Seminar
CH E 040 S,F 1C,6L 0.5
Chemical Engineering Unit Operations Laboratory
Experimental applications of physical and chemical principles using pilot scale equipment. Experiments illustrating major unit operations: distillation; absorption; reactors; extraction; humidification; heat exchange.
Prereq: CH E 030

CH E 041 S,F 3C,1T,2L 0.5
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.
Prereq: CH E 037, 101, 102, E 121

CH E 043 S,F 3L 0.25
Research-Design Project 1
Individual research or design on any chemical engineering subject chosen by the student in consultation with the supervising professor. A written interim preliminary report is required.
Students enrolled in this course must take CH E 048 in 4B.
Prereq: CH E students only
Cross-listed as ENV E 480

CH E 044 S,F 3C 0.5
Economics for Chemical Engineering
Mathematics of finance. Time value of money. Taxes and depreciation. Profitability. Evaluation of alternatives. Replacement and capital analysis. Capital and operating cost estimating.
Cross-listed as ENV E 422

CH E 045 S,F 2C,3T 0.5
Process Equipment Sizing and Selection
Introduction to practical engineering methods, including standard computer packages, for specifying or selecting types of equipment commonly used in various process industries. Topics include: piping systems; control valves; pumps; compressors, fans and blowers; heat exchangers; tower contactors for one- and two-phase flow; mechanically agitated contactors, mixers, reactors; pressure vessels; materials of construction; special topics, as appropriate.
Prereq: CH E 035, 036

CH E 047 W 12L 1.0
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.
Prereq: CH E students only
Antireq: CH E 048, ENV E 481
Cross-listed as ENV E 483

CH E 048 W 9L 0.75
Research-Design Project 2
A continuation of CH E 043. The individual research or design project started and presented in proposal form in 4A is carried out. An oral presentation of results and a written report are required.
Prereq: CH E 043
Antireq: CH E 047, ENV E 483
Cross-listed as ENV E 481


CH E 512 W 3C 0.5
Separation Processes
Computational approaches in the design of multiple component separation processes. Energy requirements. Capacity and efficiency of contacting devices: distillation; absorption; liquid-liquid extraction; filtration; molecular sieves; membranes; ion exchange.
Prereq: CH E 033, 035

CH E 514 W 3C 0.5
Fundamentals of Petroleum Production
Background for understanding the physical principles involved, and the terminology used, in petroleum production. Fundamentals of surface chemistry; capillarity. Characterization of, and fluid flow through, porous media. Principles of oil production performance, water flooding and enhanced oil recovery techniques.

CH E 522 W 3C 0.5
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.
Prereq: CH E 041

CH E 524 W 1C,3L 0.5
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.
Prereq: CH E 041
Coreq: CH E 522

CH E 542 W 6C 1.0
Polymerization and Polymer Properties
An introduction to principles governing polymerization reactions and the resultant physical properties of polymers. Molecular weight distribution. Step-growth and chain-growth polymerization and copolymerization. Ionic polymerizations. Polymerization reaction engineering. Mathematical modelling and polymer reactor design. Physical properties and rheological behaviour of the polymeric glassy and rubbery states. Crystallinity. Polymer solution properties.
Prereq: CH E 101, 102, MATH 118

CH E 552 W 3C 0.5
Extractive Metallurgy 1 (Hydrometallurgy)
Introduction to extractive metallurgy: ores, minerals, metals, metalloids, geology. Ore and mineral dressing. Thermodynamic, kinetic, and engineering design considerations. The extraction-refining-winning of industrially important metals: zinc, uranium, copper, nickel, gold, silver. Biohydrometallurgy.
Prereq: CH E 033, 035, 036, 038

CH E 554 W 3C 0.5
Extractive Metallurgy 2 (Pyrometallurgy)
In-depth discussion of several processes of importance in Canada: blast-furnace smelting (iron, lead, zinc); steelmaking and other specialized refining processes. Pyrometallurgical treatment of sulphide ores. Fused salt electrolysis. The emphasis is on the interplay between the underlying thermodynamics, kinetics and transport processes, and on the associated process engineering considerations.
Prereq: CH E 033

CH E 562 W 3C 0.5
Fermentation 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.
Prereq: CH E 032, 035 or consent of instructor

CH E 564 W 3C 0.5
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.
Prereq: CH E 032, 035 or consent of instructor

CH E 572 W 3C 0.5
Air Pollution Control
Treatment of gaseous waste products from representative Canadian industries. Characterization and toxicity of filtration, scrubbing, cycloning, electrostatic precipitation and other chemical treatments. Legal, sociopolitical, economic and engineering aspects.
Prereq: CH E 025, 035 or consent of instructor

CH E 574 W 3C 0.5
Treatment of Aqueous Inorganic Wastes
Introduction to separation/treatment of aqueous inorganic wastes from chemical and metallurgical processes. Separation/ treatment methods discussed include ion exchange, reverse osmosis, adsorption, ion flotation, electromembrane solvent extraction, electro- oxidation and electro-reduction. Legal, economic and social implications.
Prereq: CH E 035, 038

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