CHME 302L. Thermodynamic Models of Physical Properties

1. Course number and name

CHME 302L. Thermodynamic Models of Physical Properties

2. Credits and contact hours

1 credit hours = 15 contact hours per semester

3. Instructor’s or course coordinator’s name

4. Text book, title, author, and year

This course will use content from the texts required of the pre-and co-requisite courses, as well as texts from numerous foundation courses of the curriculum.

a. other supplemental materials


5. Specific course information

a. catalog description:  Computational analysis of thermodynamic models in a chemical process simulator, and comparison to experimental data. Specification of pseudo-components. Generation of physical properties by group contribution methods.

b. prerequisites: none co-requisites: CHME 302

c. required, elective, or selected elective (as per Table 5-1): required

6. Specific goals for the course

a. The student will be able…

b. Criterion 3 Student Outcomes specifically addressed by this course are found in a mapping of outcomes against all CHME courses in the curriculum.

7. Brief list of topics to be covered

  • Getting started with Aspen Plus®
  • Pure Component Property Analysis
  • The NIST ThermoData Engine (TDE)
  • Vapor-Liquid equilibrium calculations using activity coefficient models
  • Vapor-Liquid equilibrium calculations using an equation of state
  • Regression of Liquid-Liquid Equilibrium (LLE) data and Vapor-Liquid-Liquid Equilibrium (VLLE) and predictions
  • The property methods assistant and property estimation
  • Chemical reaction equilibrium in Aspen Plus®
  • Shortcut distillation calculations
  • Rigorous distillation calculations
  • Liquid-Liquid Extraction
  • Sensitivity Analysis: a tool for repetitive calculations
  • Electrolyte solutions

Common Syllabus Addendum

The NMSU Department of Chemical Engineering maintains a syllabus addendum containing course requirements common to all courses with the CH E prefix online.  This document is accessible from the URL: