Integrating COMSOL into a Mathematical Modeling Course for Chemical Engineers

A. Dixon, and D. DiBiasio
Department of Chemical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA

The multiphysics simulation package COMSOL was incorporated into a course in mathematical modeling for chemical engineers. Our implementation for the first year of using COMSOL in the course is described, and assessment results based on examinations and student survey results are presented and analyzed.

The students appear to be learning how to operate the COMSOL program quite satisfactorily, but their skills in setting up problems and in becoming discriminating users of the technology are less well developed and will motivate some changes in the curriculum for the next offering.