HEYDEN LAB                        Department of Chemical Engineering      University of South Carolina



Fall 2017

ECHE 430 Chemical Engineering Kinetics

Catalog description

(3 credit hours) (Prereq: ECHE 311; Coreq: ECHE 321; recommended Coreq: ECHE 322) Concepts of chemical kinetics, batch and flow reactors, catalysts and reactor design.

Dr. Andreas Heyden
Swearingen 2C17
(803) 777-5025 P
Teaching Assistant    
Subrata Kundu
Wenqiang Yang
Kyung-eun You

Class Hours       

MWF        8:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.   300 Main St. B213
F               3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.   300 Main St. B205 
All exams will be on F at 3:30 p.m. 

Office hours           

AH: W, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, SWGN 2C17
TA: M, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, SWGN 2A01G/H
Required Textbook
H. Scott Fogler, Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering, Prentice Hall, 2016 (5th US EDITION).
Suggested Textbooks
Lanny D. Schmidt, The Engineering of Chemical Reactions, 2nd ed., Oxford University Press, 2005.

Course Objectives           

1. Students will gain the ability to interpret and evaluate chemical reaction kinetic data and utilize them in the design of various types of idealized reactors.
2. Students will be introduced to possible deviations from ideal reactors.
3. Students will be introduced to the basic principles of heterogeneous catalysis.


Homework: 15% (8 homework assignments; late homework will not be accepted without prior arrangement; lowest homework grade will be dropped)
Midterm/Final: 85%.  There will be 3 Midterms and 1 Final exam of equal weight.  The lowerest exam grade is weighted half when calculating the exam grade.
Exam attendance policy: Missed exams cannot be made up except when the absence from the exam is announced at least 2 days prior and has been approved by the instructor. Absences due to emergencies (e.g., death in family, illness, etc.) will be considered on an individual basis.

Homework policies           

1. Assignments are due at 5 p.m.  in my mailbox.
2. Some assignments may be performed numerically, in which case you are welcome to use any software you are comfortable with. But, be aware that your solution path can be followed (clearly state all assumptions made). There is no credit for a correct solution if the solution path cannot be followed by the TA or me.
3. Never forget some homework solutions require a unit!
4. Use 8.5 in. x 11 in. paper, one side only, and start each problem on a new page.
5. Number each page.
6. Staple your homework set and make sure that your name, course number, and assignment number are written on the right hand corner.

Computer Access

Access to personal computer is expected. Suggested software: MS Office (outlook, Word, Excel), MathCad or equivalent.  Some homework assignments will be distributed by e-mail.

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