Integrating computational transport phenomena into the undergraduate chemical engineering curriculum

Karuna S. Koppula, André Bénard, Charles A. Petty, Nilesh Gandhi, Ajay Parihar, Shane Moeykens

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abstract

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and visualization tools have advanced to the point where commercial CFD software can readily be integrated into the engineering curriculum. These enabling technologies portend a paradigm shift in how next generation undergraduate students will learn about momentum, heat, and mass transfer in reacting and non-reacting fluids. CFD simulations provide a means for understanding physical phenomena and for discussing the consequences of commonly employed design decisions in single phase and multiphase flows. This paper illustrates the practical utility of using CFD to explore the boundaries of traditional transport phenomena problems commonly employed in the undergraduate curriculum and complements an earlier introductory paper on the topic (see Moeykens et al., 2004). Faculty and graduate students at Michigan State University are using Flowlab (www.flowlab.fluent.com) as a teaching aid with freshman, sophomore, and junior level chemical engineering students. Prototypical examples are used to complement specific lectures and/or analysis of experimental data in the laboratory related to unsteady state heat transfer, developing flow in a pipe at low Reynolds numbers, expanding flow in a pipe, radial flow between parallel disks, and batch sedimentation. Figure 1 illustrates results recently developed by students for the entry length problem in pipe flow. This interesting example, and others, will be used to illustrate how a CFD "experiment" can be used to support a classroom discussion about the physical nature of transport phenomena and the limitations of empirical correlations.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2006
Event2006 AIChE Annual Meeting - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Nov 12 2006Nov 17 2006

Other

Other2006 AIChE Annual Meeting
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period11/12/0611/17/06

Profile

Chemical engineering
Curricula
Computational fluid dynamics
Students
Pipe
Heat transfer
Radial flow
Momentum transfer
Multiphase flow
Pipe flow
Sedimentation
Teaching
Reynolds number
Mass transfer
Visualization
Fluids
Computer simulation
Experiments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Chemistry(all)

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Koppula, K. S., Bénard, A., Petty, C. A., Gandhi, N., Parihar, A., & Moeykens, S. (2006). Integrating computational transport phenomena into the undergraduate chemical engineering curriculum. In AIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings

Integrating computational transport phenomena into the undergraduate chemical engineering curriculum. / Koppula, Karuna S.; Bénard, André; Petty, Charles A.; Gandhi, Nilesh; Parihar, Ajay; Moeykens, Shane.

AIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings. 2006.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Koppula, KS, Bénard, A, Petty, CA, Gandhi, N, Parihar, A & Moeykens, S 2006, Integrating computational transport phenomena into the undergraduate chemical engineering curriculum. in AIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings. 2006 AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, United States, 11/12/06.
Koppula KS, Bénard A, Petty CA, Gandhi N, Parihar A, Moeykens S. Integrating computational transport phenomena into the undergraduate chemical engineering curriculum. In AIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings. 2006.
Koppula, Karuna S. ; Bénard, André ; Petty, Charles A. ; Gandhi, Nilesh ; Parihar, Ajay ; Moeykens, Shane. / Integrating computational transport phenomena into the undergraduate chemical engineering curriculum. AIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings. 2006.
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