This is part of the syl­labi col­lec­tion.

Process Modeling and Simulation Syllabus

Unit I

From Husain (1986) and B. Grewal and Grewal (2014).

  • Introduction to math­e­mat­i­cal mod­el­ing
  • Advantages and lim­i­ta­tions of mod­els
  • Applications of process mod­els of
    • Stand-alone unit op­er­a­tions
    • Unit processes
  • Classification of mod­els:
    • Linear vs. Non lin­ear
    • Lumped pa­ra­me­ter vs. Dis­trib­uted pa­ra­me­ter
    • Static vs. Dy­namic
    • Continuous vs. Dis­crete
  • Numerical Methods:
    • Iterative con­ver­gence meth­ods
    • Numerical in­te­gra­tion of ODE
      • IVP
      • BVP

Unit II

From Rudd and Watson (1968).

  • Concepts of de­gree of free­dom analy­sis:
    • System and its sub­sys­tem
    • System in­ter­ac­tions
  • Degree of free­dom in a sys­tem e.g.
    • Heat ex­changer
    • Equilibrium still
  • Reversal of in­for­ma­tion flow
  • Design vari­able se­lec­tion al­go­rithm
  • Information flow through sub­sys­tems
  • Structural ef­fects of de­sign vari­able se­lec­tion
  • Persistent Recycle

Unit III

Mostly from Luyben (1990).

  • Simple ex­am­ples of process mod­els
  • Models giv­ing rise to non­lin­ear al­ge­braic equa­tion (NAE) sys­tems
  • Steady state mod­els of:
    • Flash ves­sels
    • Equilibrium staged processes
    • Distillation columns
    • Absorbers
    • Strippers
    • CSTRs
    • Heat ex­chang­ers
    • Misc
  • Review of
    • Solution pro­ce­dures
    • Available nu­mer­i­cal soft­ware li­braries

Unit IV

Mostly from Luyben (1990).

  • Steady state mod­els giv­ing rise to dif­fer­en­tial al­ge­braic equa­tion (DAE) sys­tems
  • Rate based ap­proaches for staged processes
  • Modeling of dif­fer­en­tial con­tac­tors
  • Distributed pa­ra­me­ter mod­els of packed beds
  • Packed bed re­ac­tors
  • Modeling of re­ac­tive sep­a­ra­tion processes
  • Review of so­lu­tion strate­gies for:
    • Differential Algebraic Equations (DAEs)
    • Partial Differential Equations (PDEs)
  • Review of avail­able nu­mer­i­cal soft­ware li­braries
  • Introduction to un­steady state mod­els and their ap­pli­ca­tions

Unit V

From Husain (1986) and Jana (2011).

  • Simulations and their ap­proaches:
    • Modular
      • Sequential
      • Simultaneous
    • Equation solv­ing ap­proach
  • Simulation soft­wares and their ap­pli­ca­tions
  • Review of:
    • Solution tech­niques
    • Available nu­mer­i­cal soft­ware li­braries
    • Thermodynamic pro­ce­dures
    • Physical prop­erty data banks.


Grewal, B.S., and J.S. Grewal. 2014. Numerical Methods in Engineering & Science: With Programs in c, C++ & Matlab. Khanna. https://​​books?id=VfXvs­gEA­CAAJ.

Husain, A. 1986. Chemical Process Simulation. Wiley. https://​​books?id=j6x­TAAAA­MAAJ.

Jana, A.K. 2011. Chemical Process Modelling and Computer Simulation. PHI Learning. https://​​books?id=46EIuf2y­cdYC.

Luyben, W.L. 1990. Process Modeling, Simulation, and Control for Chemical Engineers. McGraw-Hill Chemical Engineering Series. McGraw-Hill. https://​​books?id=rI0­vAQAA­IAAJ.

Rudd, D.F., and C.C. Watson. 1968. Strategy of Process Engineering. Wiley Series in Chemical Engineering. Wiley. https://​​books?id=-Ox­TAAAA­MAAJ.