# Top-rated ScreenCasts

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01.5 Real Fluids and Tabulated Properties | Click here. | 100 | 2 |
Double interpolation (uakron, 8min) is exactly what it sounds like: to find a steam property when neither the pressure nor temperature are among the tabulated values, you need to interpolate twice. We interpolate first on pressure, then on temperature. It is a bit tedious, but straightforward. Comprehension Questions: |

09.05 - Fugacity and Fugacity Coefficient | Click here. | 100 | 1 |
What is fugacity? (10min) (learncheme.com) Defines fugacity in terms of Gibbs Energy and describes the need for defining this new property as a generalization of how pressure affects ideal gases. |

17.05 - Effect of Pressure, Inerts, Feed Ratios | Click here. | 100 | 1 |
Partial pressures and reactor sizing are among the keys to chemical engineering calculations (uakron.edu, 7 min, review from Section 1.6). Partial pressures (uakron.edu, 7 min) also play an essential role in reaction equilibrium calculations. Partial pressure calculations basically involve straightforward mass balances, but specific vocabulary and a need for systematic precision can cause difficulty. The calculations involve six elements that must be carefully computed:
(1) Stoichiometry - the reaction equation must be stoichiometrically balanced such that the number of atoms of each element are the same on both sides of the equation. This balance is achieved by adjusting the stoichiometric coefficients. The change in the number of moles of each component must be in correct stoichiometric proportions relative to the "key component." Inert compounds (see below) are NOT included in the stoichiometric equation. For the example in this presentation, the objective of the reactor is to oxidize carbon monoxide (CO) in a catalytic converter by reacting it with oxygen (O2). So, CO + 0.5 O2 = CO2.
Comprehension Questions:
1. What is the value of the total pressure (bar) applied in the presentation of this example? |

10.07 - Nonideal Systems | Click here. | 100 | 1 |
Nonideal Mixtures (4:58) (msu.edu) Raoult's law is an easy way to calculate VLE, but it is inaccurate for most detailed VLE calculations. This screencast provides an overview of the problems, and introduces the concept of an azeotrope. The VLE K-ratio is shown to be less than one or greater than one dependenting on the overall system concentration relative to the azeotrope composition where K=1. The concept of positive and negative deviations is introduced. |

11.02 - Calculations with Activity Coefficients | Click here. | 100 | 2 |
This example shows how to incorporate activity calculations into Excel for solutions that follow the Margules 1-parameter (M1) model.(9min, uakron.edu) You should be able to adapt this procedure along with the procedure for the multicomponent ideal solutions to create a multicomponent M1 model. If you are having trouble, the video for the multicomponent SSCED model illustrates a very similar procedure. You can check your answers by putting in the same component twice. For example, instead of an equimolar binary mixture, input a quaternary mixture with 0.25 moles of methanol, 0.25 methanol (ie. type it as if it was another component), 0.25 of benzene and 0.25 of benzene. If you don't get the same results as for the binary equimolar system, check your calculations.Note: This is a companion file in a series. You may wish to choose your own order for viewing them. For example, you should implement the first three videos before implementing this one. Also, you might like to see how to quickly visualize the Txy analog of the Pxy phase diagram. If you see a phase diagram like the ones in section 11.8, you might want to learn about LLE phase diagrams. The links on the software tutorial present a summary of the techniques to be implemented throughout Unit3 in a quick access format that is more compact than what is presented elsewhere. Some students may find it helpful to refer to this compact list when they find themselves "not being able to find the forest because of all the trees." Comprehension Questions: Assume the SCVP model (Eq. 2.47). |

10.02 - Vapor-Liquid Equilibrium (VLE) Calculations | Click here. | 100 | 2 |
VLE Routines - General Strategies (4:49) (msu.edu) Deciding which routine to use is more challenging than it appears. Also understanding the strategy used to solve the problems is extremely helpful in being able to develop the equations to solve instead of trying to memorize them. |

08.07 - Implementation of Departure Functions | Click here. | 100 | 1 |
Derive the internal energy departure function (uakron.edu, 20min) for the following EOS: Comprehension: Given ( /_{TV}RT = -2ln(1-η) - 16.49_{P}η/[1-_{P}βεβε(1-2η)/(1+2_{P}η)^2 ]_{P}1. Derive the internal energy departure function. 2. Derive the expression for the compressibility factor. 3. Solve the EOS for Zc. |

05.4 - Refrigeration | Click here. | 100 | 2 |
Refrigeration Cycle Introduction (LearnChemE.com, 3min) explains each step in an ordinary vapor compression (OVC) refrigeration cycle and the energy balance for the step. You might also enjoy the more classical introduction (USAF, 11min) representing your tax dollars at work. The musical introduction is quite impressive and several common misconceptions are addressed near the end of the video. |

05.2 - The Rankine cycle | Click here. | 100 | 1 |
Rankine Cycle Introduction (LearnChemE.com, 4min) The Carnot cycle becomes impractical for common large scale application, primarily because H2O is the most convenient working fluid for such a process. When working with H2O, an isentropic turbine could easily take you from a superheated region to a low quality steam condition, essentially forming large rain drops. To understand how this might be undesirable, imagine yourself riding through a heavy rain storm at 60 mph with your head outside the window. Now imagine doing it 24/7/365 for 10 years; that's how long a high-precision, maximally efficient turbine should operate to recover its price of investment. Next you might ask why not use a different working fluid that does not condense, like air or CO2. The main problem is that the heat transfer coefficients of gases like these are about 40 times smaller that those for boiling and condensing H2O. That means that the heat exchangers would need to be roughly 40 times larger. As it is now, the cooling tower of a nuclear power plant is the main thing that you see on the horizon when approaching from far away. If that heat exchanger was 40 times larger... that would be large. And then we would need a similar one for the nuclear core. Power cycles based on heating gases do exist, but they are for relatively small power generators. |

14.09 - Numerical procedures for binary, ternary LLE | Click here. | 100 | 1 |
LLE flash using Matlab/Chap14/LLEflash.m (5:54) (msu.edu) An overview of the LLE flash routine in Matlab, including an overview of the program logic and then an example of how to run the program. See also - Supplement on Iteration of LLE with Excel and Matlab. |