CHME 452. Chemical Process Design & Economic Evaluation


1. Course number and name

CHME 452. Chemical Process Design and Economic Analysis  

2. Credits and contact hours

3 credit hours = 45 contact hours per semester

3. Instructor’s or course coordinator’s name

Dr. Paul K. Andersen

4. Text book, title, author, and year

  • Turton, et al. (2012). Analysis, Synthesis, and Design of Chemical Processes, 4/e (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall).
  • Andersen (2016). Study Guide for CHME 452. (Available on the course’s Canvas site)

a. other supplemental materials


5. Specific course information

a. catalog description:  Concepts in chemical engineering process design, including: capital and manufacture cost estimation; discounted cash flows; interest; taxes; depreciation; profitability analysis; project specifications. 

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

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

6. Specific goals for the course

a. The student will…

  • Write and explain the meanings of the basic equations related to engineering economic analysis.
  • Formulate mathematical models and solve problems involving process design and economic analysis
  • Discuss the environmental, social, and economic implications of process design.

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

  • Process diagrams
  • Process flow diagrams
  • Batch processing
  • Chemical product design
  • Tracing chemicals through PFDs
  • Process conditions
  • Estimation of capital costs
  • Estimation of manufacturing costs
  • Engineering economic analysis
  • Energy conversion devices
  • Chemical firms
  • Financial reports

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: