CBEMS 140A Chemical Engineering Laboratory I (2017-2018)

CBEMS 140A Chemical Engineering Laboratory I

(Required for ChE.)
Catalog Data:

CBEMS 140A Chemical Engineering Laboratory I (Credit Units: 4) Experimental study of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat and mass transfer. Operation and evaluation of process equipment, data analysis. Prerequisite: CBEMS110 and CBEMS125C . Chemical Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. . (Design units: 1)

Required Textbook:
Recommended Textbook:


Vasan Venugopalan
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Plan and conduct experiments to solve Chemical Engineering problems

2. Conduct laboratory experiments safely.

3. Learn how to operate, manipulate, and calibrate engineering machinery and measurement devices.

4. Collect and analyze experimental data using statistical principles, and compare results to theoretical principles.

5. Learn how to work together in a group of peers.

6. Prepare and deliver effective oral presentations that summarize experimental findings and analysis.

7. Prepare written lab reports that clearly communicate experimental results, analysis, and relationship to theory.

8. Learn the ethical responsibilities that come with conducting experiments and communicating data, including accurate reporting and proper attribution.

Prerequisites by Topic

Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, Momentum, Heat, and Mass transfer, Reaction Kinetics.

Lecture Topics:


Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 8 hours of laboratory each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Computer literacy and basic skills are required for performing analysis using special software for pipe system design.

Laboratory Projects:
  • Head Loss in Pipes and Head Loss due to Pipe Fittings
  • Particle Drag Coefficients
  • Fixed and Fluidized Beds
  • Linear and Radial Heat Conduction
  • Diffusion of Gas and Liquid Diffusion
  • Aeration
  • Free and forced convection
  • Concentric tube heat exchange
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, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability.

Design Content Description

Experimental Design Projects

Lectures: 0%
Laboratory Portion: 100%
Grading Criteria:
  • Laboratory Reports: 60%
  • Laboratory Quizzes: 10%
  • Oral Report: 20%
  • Instructor Discretion: 10%
  • 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: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 1.0 credit units

February 22, 2017
Senate Approved:
March 11, 2014
Approved Effective:
2014 Fall Qtr