CHME 352L. Simulation of Unit Operations


1. Course number and name

CHME 352L. Simulation of Unit Operations  

2. Credits and contact hours

1 credit hours = 15 contact hours per semester

3. Instructor’s or course coordinator’s name

  John W. Schutte (under direction of David A. Rockstraw, Ph. D., P. E.)

4. Text book, title, author, and year

Aspen Plus® Chemical Engineering Applications by Kamal I.M. Al-Malah, 2017.  

a. other supplemental materials

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.

5. Specific course information

a. catalog description: Definition, specification, and convergence of basic unit operations in a process simulator. Course will cover pipe networks, pressure changers, heat exchangers, distillation columns, and chemical reactors.

b. prerequisites: none co-requisites: CHME 307, CHME 441 

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

6. Specific goals for the course

a. The student will be able to…

  • specify and converge unit operations in Aspen Plus®;
  • perform a physical property analysis;
  • apply non-rigorous balance units, and know how and when to do so;
  • specify and converge pressure changer unit operations;
  • specify and converge pipes and pipe networks (mechanical energy balance);
  • specify and converge heat exchangers;
  • specify and converge reactors and understand when to use stoichiometric vs. kinetic models;
  • specify and converge flash drums and decanters; and
  • understand the basics of performing distillation column analysis.

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

  • convergence
  • Physical property analysis
  • Non-rigorous balance units
  • Pressure changers
  • Pipes and pipe networks (mechanical energy balance)
  • Heat exchangers
  • Reactors and kinetic models
  • Flash drums and decanters
  • Basics of distillation column analysis

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: