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Learning Activity Modules in Chemical Engineering using webMathematica: Phase Equilibria, Activity Coefficients, and Their Application in Binary Distillation

Brian G. Higgins
Organization: University of California, Davis
Department: Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science

2001 Mathematica Developer Conference
Conference location

Champaign, IL

Computing vapor-liquid equilibria is a common occurrence in many chemical engineering operations. For ideal mixtures the calculations are fairly routine. Unfortunately, many vapor liquid systems of industrial interest form non-ideal mixtures and the calculations then require solving systems of nonlinear equations. In this presentation we show how webMathematica can be used to develop an online site that students can use to validate VLE models using their own experimental data.

An online demo can be seen at http://www.higgins.ucdavis.edu/webmath.php

*Engineering > Chemical Engineering
*Mathematica Technology > Special Versions > webMathematica
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