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EST 203
Thermo-Chemical Conversion

Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 70

AA Discipline:

Lecture Hours:30    Lab Hours:40

In this course, basic concepts on the wide variety of thermochemical conversion topics will be presented. These topics will focus on well established and emerging technologies in combustion, gasification, and pyrolysis, as well as the various reactors associated with each process. The use of biomass, as well as conventional feedstock will be explained, as well as variations in operation that each require. Students are expected to learn the basic chemistry of each reaction, the products from each reaction, and the application of each to industrial processes.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the role of catalysts and how they function.
  • Apply knowledge in physical and chemical separation technologies.
  • Identify, diagram, and explain features of thermo-chemical processes.
  • Apply knowledge to identify common maintenance variables and ranges.
  • Develop knowledge to match feedstocks with most appropriate conversion processes.
  • Practice calculating mass balances.
  • Apply knowledge in significant figures, rounding, accuracy, and precision.

  • Course Topics
  • What is a catalyst? How do they work, life span, etc.?
  • Separation technologies: a) physical; and b) chemical.
  • Identify and diagram features of thermo-chemical processes.
  • Explain features of each type of thermo-chemical process.
  • Differentiate key differences between each process.
  • Identify common maintenance parameters.
  • Measure and monitor key process parameters.
  • Working knowledge of measurement units (English and Metric) and conversions between units.
  • Match feedstock to most appropriate process.
  • Calculate mass balance.
  • Understand the nature of significant figures, rounding, accuracy, and precision.
  • Identify process hazards.
  • Steam Boilers.

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    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.