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Title: Process Design Decisions and Project Economics
Department: Chemical Engineering
Author: Dr. Vijay S. Moholkar
University: IIT Guwahati
Type: WebLink
Abstract: This course brings together the concepts of engineering and economics for chemical plant design and optimization. This course can be termed as the pinnacle of the chemical engineering curriculum as it deals with applications of the individual aspects of chemical engineering such as fluid mechanics, mass transfer, heat transfer, chemical reaction engineering, chemical process calculations, thermodynamics, process equipment design etc. for designing of a efficient and economic chemical process. The hierarchy of decisions in synthesis and analysis of a chemical process and its alternatives is initially discussed. This is followed by shortcut procedures of designing of major equipment in the chemical process and the cost estimation for the same using correlations. Various stages of the chemical process design are addressed step by step such as input-output structure, material and energy balance calculations, design of separation processes and heat integration of theprocess (or heat exchanger network in the process). Finally, an easy procedure is described in the form of cost diagram that would give a crude yet meaningful estimation of the economic implications of various process alternatives. The structure of the course covers both theory and problems. The course is meant for final year undergraduates and also for practicing engineers (especially the management trainees in various process industries).
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