Teaching the Simulation Process in an Undergraduate Chemical Reactors Design Course

E. Arce-Medina (Mexico)


Simulation, modeling, teaching, chemical reactors


Computer simulation in the classroom allows students to make judgments and decisions based on logic, observations and their knowledge of the real word. As part of an undergraduate course in chemical reactors design at the Chemical Engineering School (ESIQIE) of the National Polytechnic Institute at Mexico City, we give the students a problem assignment to simulate the process of hydrogenation of fatty oils, using data from a real plant. In order to help students understand more easily the concepts being taught, mainly the practical value of simulation as a chemical engineering tool, we choose a realistic example. This paper outlines the use of the simulated process in the teaching of modeling and simulation.

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