CHME 455L. Chemical Plant Simulation


1. Course number and name

CHME 455L. Chemical Plant Simulation 

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

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: Construction, convergence, and optimization of chemical processes in a process simulator. Dynamic process simulation and control. 

b. prerequisites: CHME 412, CHME 452L; co-requisites: CHME 455 

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

6. Specific goals for the course

a. The student will…

  • understand and have observed the concept of distillation column solution multiplicity;
  • be able to simulate the operation of a catalytic reactor with LHHW kinetics;
  • be able to perform a dynamic analysis of ideal reactors;
  • be able  to perform a dynamic analysis of a process;
  • perform controller parameter tuning;
  • perform a pressure relief analysis; and
  • perform a chemical plant simulation.

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

  • distillation column solution multiplicity
  • Langmuir-Hinshelwood-Hougen-Watson kinetics
  • dynamic unit operation and process analysis
  • control parameter tuning
  • pressure relief analysis
  • chemical plant simulation

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: