Chemical Engineering


ChE 434: Gas to Liquids (GTL) Plant Design

The conversion of syngas (CO & HJ to hydrocarbons via the Fischer- Tropsch synthesis is used for the production of liquid fuels. This method is an especially attractive alternative when petroleum reserves are scarce, or coal and/or natural gas reserves are abundant. The objective o f this design was to design a grass-roots Fischer- Tropsch Reaction unit, including product separation facilities, as part of a planned GTL plant. The design must be safe, environmentally clean, and profitable; the system should effectively integrate with the other units within the GTL plant.

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ChE 434 Students Sweep National Design Competition!

Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 12.43.45 PMThree students who presented at last Spring’s Design Day took top honors in the 2010 AIChE National Student Design Competition. Philip Lehman, a current senior in chemical engineering, won 1st place in the individual competition; while MSU graduates Christopher Gelinas and David Hasselbeck took 1st place in the team competition (pictured).

All three students were able to travel to Salt Lake City in November 2010 to present their solutions at the AIChE National Meeting. Congratulations, Phil, Chris, and David!

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ChE 491: Honors Option Project: Computer Modeling of Two-Column Still for Spirits Distillation

The objective of this project is to complete an Aspen Plus simulation of the two column still being used for commercial production of Michigan spirits at the Michigan Brewing Company in Webberville Michigan. This still is set up in a unique configuration, with one large still split up into two columns that operate in series, and the main idea is to use Aspen to model this slightly unusual situation. Results of the work can hopefully
be used to help operators at Michigan Brewing Company optimize their spirits production process.

L-R: Dante Pertusi and Derek Gremban

L-R: Dante Pertusi and Derek Gremban