CHME 542. Graduate Reactor Analysis and Design


1. Course number and name

CHME 542. Graduate Reactor Analysis and Design

2. Credits and contact hours

3 credit hours = 45 contact hours per semester

3. Instructor’s or course coordinator’s name

 Dr. Hongmei Luo

4. Text book, title, author, and year

a. other supplemental materials


5. Specific course information

a. catalog description:  

b. prerequisites: none co-requisites: none

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

6. Specific goals for the course

a. The student will…

  • be able…
  • Perform mole balances in systems involving chemical reaction
  • Calculate conversion in batch and flow systems
  • Size single and staged continuous-stirred tank, and plug flow reactors
  • Develop rate laws from mechanisms and experimental data
  • Calculate pressure drops and the effect on kinetics in packed-bed PFRs
  • Apply the differential and integral methods of kinetic data analysis
  • Maximize product selectivity for systems involving multiple reactions
  • Understand effects of non-isothermal operation and unsteady-state behavior
  • Apply rate limiting step and quantify performance in catalytic systems
  • Quantify mass transfer limitations on heterogeneous systems
  • Understand the idea of a residence time distribution, and the effect on reactor ideality

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

  • Basic mole balances
  • Conversion
  • Basic chemical kinetics
  • Stoichiometry
  • Reactor choice, sequences of reactors
  • Pressure drop in reactors
  • Simultaneous reaction and separation
  • Analysis of rate data
  • Multiple Reactions
  • Enzymatic reactions
  • Review of thermochemistry
  • Nonisothermal reactors
  • Equilibrium conversion
  • Reactor stability
  • Unsteady-state operation
  • Basic catalysis
  • Catalyst deactivation
  • Diffusion effects
  • Diffusion and reaction in porous catalysts
  • Effectiveness factors
  • Packed bed reactors
  • Chemical vapor deposition
  • Residence time distributions
  • Non-ideal reactors

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: