Course detail

CAD Process Simulations

FSI-KCDAcad. year: 2017/2018

Students will apply the knowledge gained from the course Heat Transfer, Hydraulic Processes and Thermodynamic Engineering on the specific process units and lines. These will be modeled using a simulation program Chemcad. In particular, the units to heat transfer, pipe networks, reactors, combustion equipments and distillation columns will simulate. With these basic units, the students will create more complex process line. An important part will also be the correct interpretation of the obtained results.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will learn to use simulation software ChemCad for design and analysis of process and power systems. They will be able to design of main dimensions of pipe, heat exchanger and distillation column. They will be further able to choose the suitable pump for the specified process and its conditions. An important part will also be the ability correctly interpret the obtained results.


Students have passed Heat Transfer, Hydraulic Processes and Thermodynamic Engineering seminars.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Finlayson B. A.; Introduction to Chemical Engineering Computing, John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, 2006 (EN)
VDI-Heat Atlas, 2nd edition, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2010 (EN)
Green, D., W., Perry, R., H., CHEMICAL ENGINEERS´ HANDBOOK, 8 th editon, Mc Graw-Hill International Editions, Chemical Engineering Series,New York, 2007 (EN)
Babinec, F.: Aplikovaná fyzikální chemie,VUT Brno, 1981 (CS)
Cengel, Y. A., Cimbala J.M.; Fluid mechanics: fundamentals and applications, 2nd edition, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Boston, 2010 (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on type of course and are described in part 7 of Study and Examination Rules of BUT. Seminar will mostly cover calculations with focus on practical (real) applications.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Course is classified as compulsory-facultative seminar; it is not graded. Assessment consists of award of credit.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to prepare students for the process engineer practice. Students will familiarize with the possibilities of using professional simulation software ChemCad. The students will be able to analyse the process and energy systems and their individual units and properly interpret results.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance at seminars is compulsory and checked.
Credit will be awarded to students who attend the lessons regularly (regular attendance means attendance at minimum of 75 % of the seminar, i.e. 10 lessons out of total 13).

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-PRI , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional
    branch M-PRI , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit


Computer-assisted exercise

39 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. What is the simulations of process equipment? The impact of thermodynamic model on the result. The basics of simulation program Chemcad, the influence of setting a thermodynamic model on the results of simulation.
2. Heat exchanger unit and design of the heat exchanger using simulation software Chemcad.
3. Design of suitable diameter pipe, pressure loss calculation and design of pumps using ChemCad,
4. Chemical reactors, combustion.
5. Simulation of flue gas cleaning process.
6. Using units for a fluid mixture (unit separator and flash).
7. Simulation condensate stabilization unit and design of the heat exchanger.
8. Using a simulation program for obtaining the properties of fluids and mixtures and determining the distillation curve.
9. Binary distillation using Chemcad.
10. Multicomponent distillation, determining the diameter and height of the distillation column, the determination of pressure loss, determine investment and operating costs.
11. Simulation of waste-to-energy plant.
12. The taught topics repetition on simple and illustrative examples.
13. Final test.