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What do chemical engineers build in college?

  1. Oct 6, 2012 #1
    I know that in undergrad (at least in my school), mechanical engineers usually have their projects on things like robots, cars, UAV, trebuchets, etc.
    Electrical engineers usually build clocks, calculators, data encrypters, wireless systems, ALU, motors, generators, lamps etc.
    Civil engineers usually work on building blocks, hydraulics (miniature elevators etc.), miniature pipe systems, as well as self-sustaining units etc.

    What do chemical engineers usually build in their undergraduate education? Perhaps calorimeters, heat engines, heat pumps, refrigerators, AC, etc.? Perhaps blood aphersis and dialesis machines and electrochemical cells?

    I'm curious to know how chemical engineers would apply their knowledge in the undergraduate setting. After all, I don't imagine there being an opportunity to work on nuclear reactors and petroleum refineries in a university classroom. So what's out there for them to work on?

    I am an EE major, but am curious about ChemE.


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  3. Oct 7, 2012 #2
    The design project we just did had us "build" a reactor based on economic data. The designs we learn mainly deal with chemical processes, such as manufacturing semiconductors.
  4. Oct 7, 2012 #3
    How did you build a reactor in a classroom/laboratory?

  5. Oct 7, 2012 #4
    It has all been on paper.

    There is a lab class where you work with industry type equipment such a seperators
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