Gas Permeation Laboratory Experiment Simulation for Improved Learning

J. Lebowitz, and W.M. Clark
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

We are testing the hypothesis that the simulation of laboratory equipment will solidify the link between experiment and theory and provide improved learning for senior chemical engineering undergraduates.

We developed a simulation of an industrially important gas permeation experiment in which air is separated into an oxygen-rich stream and an oxygen-depleted stream using a hollow fiber polysulfone membrane unit.

Results of the simulation are compared to experimental data and to a simplified algebraic (“well-mixed”) model normally used by students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.