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PCT 120 - Unit Operations

This course provides for a study of the basic principles and operation of the main units associated with the production of product in the processing industries. The primary emphasis of study will focus on processing units operation. Processes involving the principles of fluid mechanics heat transfer including evaporation, mass transfer including distillation, and mechanical separation will be explored. The basic processes being facilitated within the various units will be examined. The interactions and the transactional phoneme occurring during operation of these units will be addressed. The commonalties, results, and effects, associated with various processes will be related to various allied chemical-manufacturing operations. Instructional emphasis will be limited to the relevant theoretical and practical aspects of the subject matter. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to: Determine how to analyze a complex process in order to identify sub-processes, as they relate to a unit and its operation. Describe a unit's operation and relate whether its processing characteristics entail a chemical or a physical reaction. Assist an engineer in solving problems associated with each operation and in some instances; with direction, apply solutions to problems. Identify the differences among similar pieces of equipment, their varied operational characteristics, and the safety practices associated with each. Troubleshoot basic problems with mechanical equipment and identify and/or recommend necessary corrective action for proper unit operation. Identify and correct blockage in fluid lines. Recognize problems associated with pumps and identify correct action.
Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 2

Course Prerequisites: MAT 111 or MAT 120 or MAT 135 or MAT 151 or MAT 152 or MAT161, CHE 101 or CHE 106 Coreq: PCT 115, PHY 101 or PHY 107