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Title: Energizing an Introductory Chemical Engineering Course with Biodiesel PDF
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Creator: Banish, Michael
Taconi, Katherine
Publisher: American Society for Engineering Education
Description: The biorefining industry is experiencing tremendous growth in the United States as well as in the State of Alabama. Over the past several years, domestic production of ethanol has doubled, while biodiesel production has more than tripled. Media attention highlighting the current high price and limited supply of crude oil and continually escalating environmental concerns with the use of petroleum fuels has increased interest in and awareness of renewable energy and biofuels, especially among students. Since chemical engineers play a vital role in the advancement of the biorefining industry, biofuel production is an excellent vehicle to make chemical engineering come alive for students and stimulate interest in the field as both a discipline and a profession. The Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville has developed a hands-on laboratory activity allowing students to produce their own biodiesel. Biodiesel production is a relatively simple, safe, and inexpensive laboratory exercise, making it well-suited for use in outreach activities and introductory-level chemical engineering courses. At UA Huntsville, the activity is currently being used to introduce high school students as well as freshmen and transfer students to the field of chemical engineering. A modified version of the activity is utilized in the College of Engineering Summer Camp for high school students, while a more comprehensive version is used in the introductory chemical engineering course that is part of the departments core curriculum. The laboratory activity is supplemented with a lecture that provides students with an overview of biofuels production and utilization and discusses the scientific and engineering aspects of biodiesel production. This paper provides the materials, supplies, and procedures necessary to implement and execute the biodiesel production activity along with cost estimates. Also included are examples of supplemental lecture material and assignments and calculations appropriate for use in an introductory-level course.
LC Classification: Technology -- Chemical technology -- Chemical engineering
Technology -- Chemical technology -- Fuel -- Liquid and gaseous fuel -- Other special, A-Z -- Biodiesel fuels
GEM Subject: Science -- Engineering
Vocational Education -- Trade and industrial
Key Concept: Agriculture -- Biodiesel
Resource Type: Instructional Materials
Reading Materials
Science Materials
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Format: pdf
Audience: College/University Instructors
Higher Education
Secondary Education
Technical School First Cycle
Technical School Second Cycle
University First Cycle
University Second Cycle
Vocational Training
Language: English
Rights: American Society for Engineering Education
Access Rights: Free access
Date Of Record Release: 2009-10-13 03:00:03 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2012-06-06 15:00:03 (W3C-DTF)
Source Type: ATE Center
Source: National Center for Manufacturing Education
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