College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-06 08:15:24


Chemical Engineering

Honors Course

CHEE 497-001

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2023


Excessive plastic waste is a massive global issue. Plastic pyrolysis is a process of melting plastic in the absence of oxygen to create an wax-oil type substance called pyrolysis oil. This project will use a ChemCAD simulation to perform a distillation of a predetermined plastic pyrolysis oil into usable products. Heat integration will be used to construct a heat exchanger network and estimate utility usage. Sizing and costing of all equipment will be calculated and an overall cost analysis of the completed simulation will be performed to determine the economic viability of plant construction. Market research for potential products will be conducted to understand the profitability of the potential plant. This project explores the technologies surrounding plastic pyrolysis and provides insight to their usage in the future.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Bi-min Zhang Newby

First Reader

Dr. Roya Gitiafroz

Second Reader

Dr. Edward Evans

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Bi-min Zhang Newby

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