Major

Chemical Engineering - Cooperative Education

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Graduation

Spring 2019

Abstract

Fluid and Thermal Operations is a 4th year chemical engineering course at the University of Akron designed to introduce undergraduate students to the engineering and mathematical concepts behind the operation of a fluidized bed. The purpose of this honors project is to design and manufacture an inexpensive and portable unit that can be used in the classroom to visually demonstrate three functions of a fluidized bed to students. The fluidized bed is manufactured from items that can be purchased from a department or hardware store, is capable of being transported by a single person to and from a classroom and is transparent to allow observers to visually see all components of the unit while in operation. The department of chemical engineering currently does not possess such a demonstration unit and the current faculty member teaching the course was interested in having the ability to bring a fluidized bed to class. The unit that results from this project will provide an educational benefit to undergraduate students in the chemical and biochemical engineering department.

Research Sponsor

Dr. George Chase

First Reader

Dr. Roya Gitiafroz

Second Reader

Dr. Michael Cheung

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