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Handling the source term in the convection-reaction-diffusion equation

The 1D convection-reaction-diffusion equation for solute transport is given as: where C is the concentration, v is the flow velocity, D is the diffusion coefficient, S is the source/sink term, and R ...
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Nozzle inlet and outlet diameter for a shell and tube heat exchanger

Hi I have designed a shell and tube heat exchanger to cool octane and water. I have all the dimensions but I was unsure which equation to use to calculate the diameter for the inlet and outlet nozzles....
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Plug Flow Reactor Concentration UDF Debugging

I'm new to CFD and I'm trying to write a UDF that calculates the concentration at any position as a function of its x-coordinate (for example, Ca = .5C - .1x, or dCa/dx = -kCa). This is my first time ...
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Thermal conductivity and the second law

I am having trouble figuring out the solution for part d. Can anyone give me a hint?
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Question regarding evaluating 1D heat transfer PDE

My question regards cooling of an object using 1D-heat transfer with fixed surface temperatures. First I need to find the solution to this PDE: Based on the conditions, I worked out that the ...
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CO2 production from sugar [closed]

Greenhouses often use burners for CO2 enrichment, which requires a source of liquid propane or natural gas. The yeast fermentation process can also be used to create CO2 for a greenhouse by supplying ...
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More temperature after boil the water can cook more faster the food?

My Question was not well received in physics.stackexchange.com and I get a simple answer when I want to know the theory inside this question. I want to cook more efficient wasting less ( gas or ...
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How do you imagine momentum?

If you want to explain it to a layman (who belongs to the science stream ofc!!) how do you explain it? Also, what is momentum transfer when it comes to fluid mechanics?
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Method of separating oxygen from a mixture of oxygen + carbon monoxide

I have a 99,9% oxygen, with 0,1% is CO. Is it possible to separate the CO from oxygen in this mixture? The closer the percentage to 0 for CO, the better. I've read about separation of oxygen from air, ...
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How to model a condenser (heat exchanger) where both streams are two fluid mixtures?

As mentioned I would like to model a heat exchanger (using Python). In this case, the condenser/hx streams are both a mixture of O2 and N2 These are known for both streams: Inlet temperature Inlet ...
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Calculating gas volume in a gas-liquid system/pressurized vessel

There is water in a tank and the tank is connected to a piece of piping that has a volume of 2.5L. The headspace above the water is pressurised by using air, to a pressure of 3 bar (a). What happens ...
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Aluminum or Copper, which one is better to control and maintain the temperature?

Friends, I am an EE/SW/Controls eng. Please, pardon me of perhaps incorrect terminologies. I am working on a R&D project: A chemical lab equipment has a 2" long metal pipe enclosed in ...
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Why are there no propane refrigerator air-conditioning units that run on solar heat?

I was thinking about how hot it was outside, when a thought came to me. There are propane refrigerators, so why not replace the propane as the heat source with solar heat and then change it from a ...
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Is there a maximum life for things made out of stainless steel or cast iron?

Do steel objects have a maximum lifespan? I read that "316 stainless steel is estimated to last for 1200 years in a “rule“ environment before heavy pitting. In the marine environment this is ...
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Book recommendation for hydrodynamics of bubbles, drops, and particles

I am wondering if someone could please recommend to me some references on the topic of hydrodynamics of bubbles, drops, and particles, preferably in the context of complex and bio fluids. I am ...
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Industrial recycling of mirrors

I learned recently that mirror is mostly manufactured by pouring thin metal coating (i.e alumunium) on top of a substrate surface (i.e glass), Due to the nature of this composition it cannot be easily ...
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Side entry mixer sizing

I'm involved in purchasing a set of mixers for a crude oil storage tank. The tank volume is around 98,500 cubic meters. The main purpose of the mixers is base sediment & water control (cleaning). ...
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Distillation modelling McCable Thiele, Chemical Engineering

I am using an extractive distillation column to seperate ethanol and ethylene glycol. I am trying to find Rmin however its proving difficult as the the top operating line, q-line and bottom operating ...
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What is the energy and capital cost of NH3 from Haber Bosch plant that takes in pure H2 and N2?

A question that becomes particularly relevant for "the hydrogen economy" or in the event that IGCC coal baseload electric generation seeks off-peak markets for hydrogen. I can't seem to ...
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Calculating estimated Overall Heat Transfer Coefficient

I have problem where I'm trying to determine the Overall Heat Transfer coefficient of a heat exchanger that uses the latent heat of vaporization of water in the process. I know the Q value I'm trying ...
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Determining length of interstage cooling coils for removal of heat

I'm currently trying to determine the length of cooling tube required to remove a specific amount of heat from my exothermic reactor in stages. I'm aware I need to use the equation $Q = UA \theta_{...
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How can I calculate the density of air?

I major in chemical engineering, and I'm solving a example of unit operations. The textbook is Warren L. McCabe, Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering 7th ed. Here is example 24.1. And this is its ...
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How to compute velocity distribution in the developing boundary layer on the cylinder

Air flows perpendicular to the axis of a cylinder $a=1$ cm in diameter. Air speed upstream of the cylinder is $U=6.72$ mm/s and its kinematic viscosity is $2.1×10^{-5}$ at 350 K. I want to obtain the ...
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Is it possible to use direct air capture technology for CO2 on a non-commercial level?

CO2 is used as fertilizer in aquariums where it's brought into the water with diffusors from compressed form in cylinders. Direct Air Capture machines for CO2 have been presented for experimental geo-...
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P&ID questions on reports, connection, etc

Good day to all of you. I got some questions in my mind regarding on P&ID: In electrical, symbol will have their own default reference name for example "Motor" will use "M" , ...
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How to calculate a gas burner dimensions?

I am trying to calculate the dimesnions of a natural gas burner for a hospital. The burner will be heating water. I have calculated the thermal duty that needs to be produced and the water mass flow, ...
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Navier-Stokes with non-newtonian fluids

So I've got a problem here in fluids. It's driving me insane but I know I'm missing something simple. Up until now we've worked with Newtonian fluids resulting in the "normal" NS equations ...
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Recommended books for process engineering? [closed]

I made a career change from machine design to CNG processing. What I’m looking for are some good books/handbooks that cover the following topics. Something similar to Machinery’s Handbook. Piping, ...
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Theoretical maximum pressure from combusting LPG

I am curious how to find or estimate the theoretical maximum pressure that the combustion of a LP gas, such as propane, can produce inside of a constant volume, such as in a cylinder. I know what the ...
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Is molecular dynamics relevant for an undergraduate Mechanical Engineering degree? [closed]

I am completing my final year undergraduate study in Mechanical Engineering. I've had to have a scope change because my last project was not going to work with the pandemic. I've been given a project ...
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Gaps in derivation of thermodynamic property equations

If $h=h(T, P)$. Does $ dh = c_pdT + \left[v - T\left(\frac{\partial v}{\partial T}\right)_P \right]dP \Rightarrow h_2 - h_1 = \int_{T_1}^{T_2} c_pdT + \int_{P_1}^{P_2}\left[v - T\left(\frac{\partial v}...
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Determine in and out momentum in shell momentum balance [closed]

How to decide what is in momentum and what is out momentum in using shell momentum balance? My main motive is to understand why at 25:26 in the balance equation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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Throttle vs Choke vs Damper vs Valve?

Throttles, chokes, dampers, and valves all restrict fluid flow. Aside from specific terminology/usage in internal combustion engines, are these really interchangeable terms, or do they have some ...
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Crossflow HX tube and fin, derive Tout hot side as a function of mdot hot side in

Apparatus: Crossflow Tube and fin HX. (liquid-to-air Intercooler), Hot Side: Tube side, gas flowing internally Cold Side: fin side, water flowing in crossflow Goal: Generate an environment in "...
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Ash size particle dependency of initial coal particle size in fluidized bed combustors

I'm looking for information on coal ash size in fluidized beds. How dependent is it on the initial coal particle size? Would I expect ash from 5mm coal particles to be significantly larger than ash ...
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Can I calculate the amount (mol or mass) of water in a gas, in a heat exchanger, if I know the partial pressure of the water?

Is it possible to calculate the amount of water (mol, mass...) in a gas, in a heat exchanger, if I know the partial pressure of the water? The stream through the tubes is mainly benzene and ...
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sinking speed of particle in water

For a Newtonian fluid the sinking final speed of a metal particle is given by this equation : while g is Gravitational acceleration , $\rho_P$ = is particle density , $\rho_F $ = is fluid density ,...
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How do I calculate the density of a lined pipe?

I'm having some trouble figuring out how to calculate the density of a lined pipe given the diameter measurements and the specific gravity of the materials. The Problem Calculate the density of an ...
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Help with Mass Flow Rate

I'm a beginner in chemical engineering so apologies in advance if this question is very basic! The Problem You are required to measure the mass and volumetric flow rate of a slurry stream. The slurry ...
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Advantages of hydrogen gas turbine over fuel cell

In the setting of large-scale electricity generation, I was wondering why one would want to burn hydrogen in a gas turbine instead of using it to power a fuel cell. Aren't fuel cells more efficient ...
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How to calculate kinetic energy of gas flow in pipe given tempearture, pressure, pipe diameter and velocity

Ive been given a question and asked to calculate the kinetic energy of a gas given the temperature, pressure, diameter of pipe and velocity. I've been looking and have been unable to find any ...
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Need help with an essay question related to chemical engineering (High School)

I have to do an essay question related to an area of my choice (Chemical Engineering). Could anyone suggest an area of research that is accessible to a High Schooler within ChemEng? Thank You
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Safe temperature thresholds for #2 HDPE and #5 PP plastic

It would be convenient to use a temperature adjustable heat plate (element)/mug warmer for the massive amount of blender bottles accumulated over the years. What are safe thresholds to safely warm the ...
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Macro to atomic scale software

Is there a software that exists that takes a macro object for example a MacBook casing and its composition (Aluminum) and allow you to zoom between the macro scale (a fully rendered MacBook) and the ...
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How do you determine how many pumps you need in a pipeline?

I am working on a pipeline design scenario and I am trying to determine how many pumps I need. In addition to this diagram, I'm given a flow rate range and an acceptable velocity to also determine the ...
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How can the air pressures exiting from a blower be adjusted?

During this covid-19, I was thinking about designing a low cost simple ventilator using a blower. There is a limit of the inspiratory and expiratory pressures, the inspiratory pressure being higher. ...
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How is EPD different / related to anodising?

What is the process of applying dye to anodized surfaces (specifically aluminum)? Is electrophoretic deposition (EPD) just the process used to apply the dye to anodised surfaces? Or is it a ...
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Considerations for switching from Conc. Sulphuric acid to Oleum

First off - this project is still in the early planning stages. The basic scope is that a plant want's to switch from using conc. sulphuric acid (~98%) in its process (nitration) to oleum. I ...
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Why do some pipelines have regular 90 degree deviations? [duplicate]

On this satellite image, there are pipelines extending from a terminal at sea to an LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) storage facility. Why do the pipelines, at regular intervals, deviated from a straight ...

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