The Unit Operations Laboratory allows students to gain hands-on experience while studying both the fundamental principles and practical applications of chemical engineering. The laboratory includes pilot-plant scale equipment that represents unit operations (specific components common to a variety of chemical processes) found in industrial settings. This equipment includes distillation columns (both staged and packed), counter-current heat exchangers, ion exchange units, gas absorption and liquid-liquid extraction columns, membrane separators, drying units (including a spray dryer), plate and frame filter press, and an analytical lab and process control room.
This facility is specifically designed to introduce students to larger scale industrial processes commonly encountered by chemical engineers. In this laboratory, students work in teams to apply principles learned in the classroom to solve practical engineering problems.