In the chemical engineering teaching laboratories, students gain hands-on experience with instruments and equipment commonly used in chemical processes. In one of the labs, students are introduced to the classic exchanges (matter, energy, momentum) involved in processes, to instrumentation, and to data acquisition. Our other lab provides them with opportunities to conduct various common unit operations such as pumping, heat exchange, distillation and absorption, as well as process control.
The PEARL (Process Engineering Advanced Research Lab) research group’s facility was built in 2011 in partnership with Total, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). It is used for research into the hydrodynamics of multiphase processes in extreme conditions, i.e., at high temperatures and high pressures. This research enables testing of large-scale industrial chemical reactions such as those used petrochemistry. This lab houses particularly rare equipment; there are only two of this type in North America.