Chemical Product Design

Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Wessling

Lecture: 2 hrs
Tutorials: 1 hr
Course schedule: Please get them from the Course calendar RWTH Online
Lecture notes: Available on Moodle
Semester: Summerterm
Language: German
Exam: Written Exam

Nowadays, many process engineers do not have the assignment to optimize the production of bulk chemicals. They face the challenge of developing or improving specialty chemicals. Many interdisciplinary questions about how to control and adjust certain product properties have to be answered before starting process engineering. Using a simple procedure, the different steps of product development are explained: From the definition of the needed qualities over the brainstorming and the choice of the best ideas to the manufacture of the product. Using several examples, the consequences of single development steps on the characteristics of the product are shown, and the presentation of problems during product design are pointed out. In a project that accompanies the lecture, the students apply the theoretical procedure theory in a practical case studies. The lecture is adequate for students of higher semesters, that have already taken the basic classes of process engineering (Chemical Process Engineering, Mechanical Unit Operations, Thermal Unit Operations).