CBEMS 110 Reaction Kinetics and Reactor Design (2013-2014)

CBEMS 110 Reaction Kinetics and Reactor Design

(Required for ChE. Selected Elective for ME and MSE.)
Catalog Data:

CBEMS 110 Reaction Kinetics and Reactor Design (Credit Units: 4) Introduction to quantitative analysis of chemical reactions and chemical reactor design. Reactor operations including batch, continuous stirred tank, and tubular reactor. Homogeneous and heterogeneous reactions. Prerequisite: Mathematics 3D; Chemistry 1C; CBEMS45B and CBEMS 45C with a grade of C- or better. Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Materials Science Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 2)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0130473943.

Recommended Textbook:


Szu-Wen Wang
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC a, EAC c, EAC e, EAC j, EAC k.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Relate species’ concentrations and describe rates of reaction in terms of conversion. (EAC a)

2. Design and analyze isothermal batch reactors and flow (CSTR, PFR, PBR) reactors. (EAC a, EAC c, EAC e, EAC j, EAC k)

3. Analyze systems of multiple reactions. (EAC a, EAC e, EAC k)

4. Derive rate laws from reaction mechanisms. (EAC a, EAC j)

5. Use mass and energy balances in the design of non-isothermal flow reactors. (EAC a, EAC c, EAC e, EAC j, EAC k)

6. Analyze surface reaction processes and design catalytic (heterogeneous) reactors. (EAC a, EAC c, EAC e, EAC j, EAC k)

Prerequisites by Topic

Chemical engineering thermodynamics, Mass and energy balances, Differential equations, Computer literacy and basic skills.

Lecture Topics:
  • Rate laws and reactor mole balances
  • Design of ideal isothermal reactors. (CSTR and PFR)
  • Analysis of kinetic data
  • Analysis of complex reaction networks
  • Selectivity and optimization
  • Non-elementary reaction kinetics
  • Design of ideal non-isothermal flow reactors
  • Surface reactions and heterogeneous reactor design
  • Non-ideal reactors/residence time considerations
  • Safety and risk aspects
Class Schedule:

Meets for 4 hours of lecture each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Computer literacy and basic skills are required. MATLAB or Polymath is used to solve systems of algebraic and ordinary differential equations.

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

This course is designed to contribute to the students’ knowledge of engineering topics and design experience. The following considerations are included in this course: economic, environmental, health and safety, manufacturability.

Design Content Description

Multiple lectures on reactor design. Homework and computer problems on reactor design.

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 10%
  • Computer Problems: 5%
  • Midterm exam: 40%
  • Final exam: 45%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 2.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 2.0 credit units

May 8, 2013
Senate Approved:
March 19, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr