Process Simulation and McCabe-Thiele Modeling: Specific Roles in the Learning Process


  • Kevin D. Dahm Rowan University


Integration of process simulation with traditional graphical models is becoming standard practice in teaching separations. This paper shows how research on cognition can guide the instructor in creating effective, complementary roles for each modeling technique. The structure for a course in equilibrium-staged separations is described in detail, using column distillation as an example, with emphasis on the roles of laboratory demonstrations, process simulation, and McCabe-Thiele modeling in the learning process.

Author Biography

Kevin D. Dahm, Rowan University

Kevin Dahm is Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Rowan University He received his PhD in 1998 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Prior to joining the faculty at Rowan University, he served as Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University His primary technical expertise is in chemical kinetics and mechanisms, and his recent educational scholarship focuses on incorporating computing and simulation into the curriculum.