Archived Versions

10.34 Numerical Methods Applied to Chemical Engineering

As taught in: Fall 2005

Colorful figure showing velocity distribution inside a duct.

Velocity distribution inside duct, Newtonian fluid. (Produced by Professor Kenneth Beers with MATLAB® software.)




Prof. Kenneth Beers

Course Features

Course Description

This course focuses on the use of modern computational and mathematical techniques in chemical engineering. Starting from a discussion of linear systems as the basic computational unit in scientific computing, methods for solving sets of nonlinear algebraic equations, ordinary differential equations, and differential-algebraic (DAE) systems are presented. Probability theory and its use in physical modeling is covered, as is the statistical analysis of data and parameter estimation. The finite difference and finite element techniques are presented for converting the partial differential equations obtained from transport phenomena to DAE systems. The use of these techniques will be demonstrated throughout the course in the MATLAB® computing environment.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .m.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.