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1 Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in Chemical Engineering Education A Report from the CACHE CFD Task Force Richard D. LaRoche, DEM Solutions, Co-Chair Charles A. Petty, Michigan State, Co-Chair CACHE CFD Task Force AIChE Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN November 9, 2009

2 Outline CACHE CFD Task Force –Membership –Mission Integrating CFD into ChE curriculum CACHE CFD Task Force Activities Call to Action

3 CACHE CFD Task Force Members Brigette Rosendall, Bechtel Bruce Finlayson, U. Washington Charles Petty, Michigan State Gavin Towler, UOP Jim Tilton, DuPont Jason Keith, Michigan Tech Jennifer Curtis, U. Florida Kurt Svihla, ANSYS Laura Dietsche, Dow Paul Sechrist, UOP Richard LaRoche, DEM Solutions Rodney Fox, Iowa State Shane Moeykens, ANSYS Tom Hanley, Auburn Venkat Raman, U. Texas Willis Bell, Eli Lilly Matthew Godo, Intelligent Light

4 CACHE CFD Task Force Mission Promote the use of CFD and related engineering software tools in undergraduate education Engineering software such as: –CFD – FLUENT, CFX –Multiphysics – COMSOL –Solid particle flow – EDEM Why? –Software tools can enhance undergraduate education in transport phenomena –Industry desires graduates that have background in commercial software tools

5 What are the Critical Success Factors to Deploying CFD in the ChE curriculum? CFD teaching modules More material is probably still needed but dissemination and integration into curriculum is not happening on a broader scale Interested and active faculty Resident student coordinator coupled with a faculty mentor Graduate student teaching assistant or undergraduate honors project This “student helper” assists faculty in implementing modules in undergraduate courses Central repository for dissemination and maintenance of teaching modules

6 Teaching Module Development Bruce Finlayson, COMSOL Jennifer Sinclair Curtis, CFD Rodney Fox, CFD Charles Petty, CFD Jason Keith, COMSOL

7 Michigan State University 344b:Integrating Computational Transport Phenomena into the Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Curriculum Karuna S. Koppula 1, André Bénard 2, and Charles A. Petty 1 1 The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science 2 The Department of Mechanical Engineering Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI Nilesh Gandhi, Ajay Parihar, and Shane Moeykens Ansys-Fluent, Inc. Lebanon, New Hampshire AIChE Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA

8 15 November 2006K. Koppula - Michigan State University Michigan State Training Project Freshman --- Frontiers in Chemical Engineering, Professor D. Miller Dimensional Analysis --- unsteady state heat transfer Sophomore --- Introduction to Transport Phenomena, Professor B. Ofoli Developing Flows --- entry length at low Reynolds numbers Junior --- Fluid Flow, Professor I. Lee Engineering Analysis --- flow losses and toroidal recirculation flows Senior --- Independent Study, Professor C. Petty Group Projects --- I/UCRC-MTP, Professors A. Benard and C. Petty

9 NSF Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement Grant – Adaptation and Implementation Program Enhancing Undergraduate Understanding of Transport Phenomena via Application of Computational Fluid Dynamics Jennifer Sinclair Curtis Rodney O. Fox

10 NSF Project Focus: Incorporation of CFD into Engineering Courses First Course in Fluid Mechanics or Transport Phenomena Sophomore or Junior Undergraduate Students Sophomore or Junior Undergraduate Students Advanced Course in Fluid Mechanics or Transport Phenomena Senior Undergraduate Students or First Year Graduate Students Senior Undergraduate Students or First Year Graduate Students Chemical Engineering Applications Emphasis

11 CACHE CFD Task Force Activities Assist in recruiting faculty and industrial participants Assist in recruiting students Evaluate the training paradigm Support the dissemination of teaching aids Support the formation and development of NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) Sites –Michigan State has pending proposal for a series of 10-week Summer Training Camps

12 Call to Action – Working with CACHE Academic Departments/Faculty –Explore funding opportunities Industry Mentors –Work with students & faculty on module development Interesting in participating? Contact Richard LaRoche Contact Charles A. Petty


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