ChE 321 Reaction Engineering (3:3, 1) -Required Core Course
The course is intended to develop the student’ s ability to understand mole balances, conversion and reactor sizing, rate laws and stoichiometry for single and multiple reactions and its applications to steady-state no isothermal reactor design. Collection andanalysis of rate data and catalysis and catalytic reactor
ChE 302 and ChE 240
Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering, 3rd Edition, H. Scott
Fogler, Printice Hall Intl., 1999.
J. M. Smith, "Chemical Engineering Kinetics, 3rd ed., McGraw- Hill
International Book Company, Singapore. 1981.
Course learning objectives
the rate of chemical reaction.
the mole balance equations to a batch reactor, CSTR, PFR, and PBR (l at B).
conversion and space time. (a at A)
the mole balances in terms of conversion for a batch reactor, CSTR, PFR, and
the size of reactor needed for a certain duty either alone or in series once given the rate of
reaction, -rA, as a function of conversion, X.
relationship between the relative rates of reaction.
reaction order and activation energy.
a stoichiometric table for both batch and flow systems and express concentration as a function or conversion.
the combined mole balance and rate law in measures other than conversion.
the equilibrium conversion for both gas and liquid phase reactions.
the algorithm that allows the reader to solve chemical reaction engineering problems through
logic rather than memorization.
the size of batch reactors, semi batch reactors, CSTRs, PFRs, and PBRs
operation given the rate law and feed conditions.
the reaction order and specific reaction rate from experimental data obtained from either
batch or flow reactors.
how to use equal-area differentiation, polynomial fitting, numerical difference formulas and regression
experimental data to determine the rate law.
how the method of half lives, and of initial rate, are
used to analyze
two or more types of laboratory reactors used to obtain rate law data along with their
advantages and disadvantages.
different types of selectivity and yield.
the type of the reaction system that would maximize the selectivity of the desired product given
the rate laws for all the reactions occurring in the system.
the algorithm used
reactors with multiple reactions.
of reactors to maximize the selectivity and to determine the
in a batch reactor, semi-batch reactor, CSTR, PFR, and PBR, systems.
the algorithm for CSTRs, PFRs, and PBRs that are not operated isothermally.
the size of adiabatic and no adiabatic CSTRs, PFRs, and PBRs needed for a certain duty.
a catalyst, a catalytic mechanism and a rate limiting step.
law and a
the steps in a catalytic mechanism and how one goes about
mechanism and rate limiting step consistent with the experimental data.
the size of isothermal reactors for reactions with Langmuir-Hinschelwood kinetics.
Topic Covered During Class:
Conversion and Reactor Sizing
Rate Law and Stoichiometry
Isothermal Reactor Design
Collection and Analysis of Rate Data
Steady-State Non-isothermal Reactor Design
Catalysis and Catalytic Reactors
Three 1 Hour sessions per week
One 3 Hours session per week
Course Contribution to professional Component
Engineering Science: 75%
Engineering Design: 25%
Duration in weeks
Relationship to Program Outcomes:
ABET Outcomes a
Attainable Level of Learning
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Dr. Yahia A. Al-hamed
May 2007 i j k