# Introduction to Engineering Calculations

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1 Introduction to Engineering Calculations We usually deal with chemical manufacturing processes, genetic engineering, Semicondcutor manufacturing, pollution control, etc. We will see the basic princiles that apply all the processes mentioned here. They all have raw materials needed to be transformed into desired products. Raw material Process Product A process might be a) designing of a completely new process, or b) modifying an existing one, given the properties and amount of products to calculate the properties and amounts of raw material, or vice versa. Units & Dimensions Many people aren't sure of the difference. Let's try and get a set of definitions we can use. Consider 110 mg of sodium 24 hands high 5 gal of gasoline 1

2 We'll break them up this way: Value Unit Dimension 110 Mg mass 24 Hand length 5 Gal volume (length 3 ) A "dimension" can be measured or derived. The "fundamental dimensions" (length, time, mass, temperature, amount) are distinct and are sufficient to define all the others. We also use many derived dimensions (velocity, volume, density, etc.) for convenience. "Units" can be counted or measured. Measured units are specific values of dimensions defined by law or custom. Many different units can be used for a single dimension, as inches, miles and centimeters are all units used to measure the dimension length. Units and Calculations It is always good practice to attach units to all numbers in an engineering calculation. Doing so attaches physical meaning to the numbers used, gives clues to methods for how the problem should be solved, and reduces the possibility of accidentally inverting part of the calculation. Addition and Subtraction Values MAY be added if UNITS are the same. Values CANNOT be added if DIMENSIONS are different. EXAMPLES: different dimensions: length, temperature so cannot be added same dimension: length, different units can add 2

3 Multiplication and Division Values may be combined; units combine in similar fashion Example 4.5 is a "dimensionless" quantity (in this case a pure number) You cannot cancel or lump units unless they are identical. Functions Trigonometric functions can only have angular units (radians, degrees). All other functions and function arguments, including exponentiation, powers, etc., must be dimensionless. is OK; but is meaningless Dimensional Homogeneity Every valid equation must be "dimensionally homogeneous (a.k.a. dimensionally consistent). All additive terms must have the same dimension. Consider an equation from physics that describes the position of a moving object: length [=] length + velocity*time + acceleration*time2 [=] length + (length/time)*time + (length/time2)*time2 [=] length + length + length so the equation is dimensionally homogeneous. But just because an equation is homogeneous, doesn't mean that it is valid! Not consistent > Not Valid Consistent -\-> Valid Dimensionless Quantities When we say a quantity is dimensionless, we mean one of two things. First, it may just be a number like we get when counting. 3

4 EXAMPLES: Dimensionless Numbers Pi is a dimensionless number representing the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter Second and of particular interest in engineering are combinations of variables where all the dimension/units have "canceled out" so that the net term has no dimension. These are often called "dimensionless groups" or "dimensionless numbers" and often have special names and meanings. Most of these have been found using techniques of "dimensional analysis" a way of examining physical phenomena by looking at the dimensions that occur in the problem without considering any numbers. Converting Units In this class, and in others you'll experience during your engineering training, homework and test answers will not be acceptable (and marked WRONG!) unless the answer has the correct units attached. Often, penalties will be assessed unless the correct units are carried through all parts of the calculation. The insistence on units isn't just a school thing. Recently, a NASA probe failed because of a botched conversion in its software. To convert a quantity in terms of one unit to an equivalent in new units, multiply by a "conversion factor" (new unit/old unit) = a ratio of equivalent quantities. Conversion factors are dimensionless (but not unit-less) and numerically equivalent to unity. 4

5 Both the numerator of the conversion factor (2.54 cm) and its denominator (1 in) have dimensions of length, so the ratio is dimensionless. Both also describe the same "magnitude" of length, so the ratio is equivalent to one and can multiply both sides of an equation without changing its nature. When you apply a conversion factor, the old units cancel out and the new units remain. This is the preferred way for engineers to do unit conversions because it makes it clear what has been done and makes the work easy to check and understand. Don't worry about finding a single factor to do the conversion at one swoop; it is perfectly normal to string several along in a row. EXAMPLE: Convert 5 m.p.h. to yds/week You want to do your conversions efficiently and spend only the necessary time looking up values. Often it is faster to use several conversion factors that you already know, rather than spend time looking up a single factor that will do the change all at once. EXAMPLE: What is the conversion factor between Btu/h and W? Carrying units through a calculation can be helpful in figuring out a problem. Often, looking at the units provides a clue as to what step needs to be taken next. It also helps prevent silly mistakes, such as accidentally multiplying when you mean to divide. EXAMPLE: It is 1953 and your Mercury has been giving you 17 miles to the gallon. The average cost of gasoline between Baton Rouge and Bogalusa, a distance of about 100 miles, is 55 cents a gallon. How much does it cost to make the trip? 5

6 Probably the most common dimensionless group used in chemical engineering is the "Reynolds Number", given by This describes the ratio of inertial forces to viscous forces (or convective momentum transport to molecular momentum transport) in a flowing fluid. It thus serves to indicate the degree of turbulence. Low Reynolds numbers mean the fluid flows in "lamina" (layers), while high values mean the flow has many turbulent eddies. Systems of Units Most engineering problems use one of three systems of units SI (Systeme Internationale, mks) is commonly used by scientists. Metric system It is in everyday use in most of the world. [length]=m, [time]=s, [mass]=kg, [temp]=k cgs Engineering: is a subset/variant of the SI system, which was officially standardized in [length]=cm, [time]=s, [mass]=g, [temp]=k (American, English, fps) Engineering is the traditional system of the US and UK. Although the UK changed official systems in the 1970s, the US has not. The vast majority of US industrial concerns still specify parts and equipment using these "Engineering" units. [length]= foot, [mass]= pound (lbm) [time]= s, [temp]= F (yard; the distance from King s thumb to his nose, feet; his foot; inch, his finger) 6

7 In SI, multiples of 10 are used. femto- f * pico- p * nano- n 10-9 * micro- µ 10-6 * milli- m 10-3 * centi- c 10-2 * deci- d 10-1 * (none) deka- D 10 1 * hecto- h 10 2 * kilo- k or K ** mega- M giga- G tera- T ** k = 10 3 and K = 2 10 Common derived units include: Force: Newton (N) = 1 kg*m/s2 Pressure: Pascal (Pa) = 1 N/m2 Energy: Joule (J) = N*m Power: Watt (W) = J/s The "liter" (cubic decimeter) is commonly used, although it hasn't any "official" status. 7

8 cgs System Mass: gram (g) Length: centimeter (cm) Other basic units and the multiple prefixes are the same as used in SI. Most of the derived units are the same, although Force: dyne = 1 g*cm/s2 Energy: erg = 1 dyne*cm Engineering Units Mass: pound (lbm) Length: foot (ft) Temperature: (degree) Rankine (R) Time: second (s) with most others the same as SI. Multiples are a little tricky, Force: pound-force (lbf) = 32.2 lbm*ft/s2 Pressure: pressure (psi) = 1 lbf/in2 Energy: foot-pound-force ft-lbf = 1 ft*lbf Power: horsepower (hp) Volume: gallon (gal) There are others that are used to varying degrees. Of particular interest are the energy units expressed in terms of heat, such as the BTU (British Thermal Unit): the heat required to raise the temperature of 1 lb of water by 1 degree Rankine. These units have been standardized, since all English units such as the inch, pound, etc. are now officially defined in terms of SI units. Convert 23 lbm ft/min2 to kg cm/s2 23 lbm ft kg 100cm (1 min) 2 = kg cm/s 2 min 2 1 lbm ft (60 s) 2 8

9 Mass, Force, & Weight The units for working with mass and force tend to be confusing for many students. The key to keeping them straight is to remember Newton's Law (the 2nd law of motion): F= ma Historically, there have been two main approaches to systematizing the relationship between mass and force: in "gravitational systems", length, force, and time are basic units, and mass is a derived unit, and in "absolute systems", length, mass, and time are basic units, and force is the derived unit. The SI system of units is absolute with respect to force, so we will follow that convention in everything we do. Think about the dimensions on Newton's law: This relationship suggests that the natural units of force are mass units times acceleration units: For convenience, we often prefer to use a single "defined" unit to describe force rather than keeping track of three separate ones, hence There are at least three different ways of handling things in English units. In most Ch.E. classes, the derived unit is the "pound-force" (lbf), defined as the product of the mass unit and the acceleration of gravity at sea level and 45 degrees latitude. BE CAREFUL!!! 1 lbm does NOT equal 1 lbf 9

10 The weight of an object is the force exerted on the object by the gravitational attraction: W= mg g= 9.81 m/s 2 = 981 cm/s2 = 32.2 ft/s2 NUMERICAL CALCULATIONS and ESTIMATION Scientific notation, Significant Figures and Precision Very large and very small numbers are more convenient to express in scientific notation (as powers of 10). 123,000,000 = 1.23 x 10 8 or x = 2.8 x 10-5 or 0.28 x 10-4 Significant figures of a number a) digits from the first non-zero digit b) The last digit on the right if there is a decimal point c) The last non-zero digit of the number if there is no decimal point = 2.3 x 103 has 2 s.d =2.300 x 103 has 4 s.d Precision 8.3 g means that the mass is between 8.25 and 8.35g. In multiplication or division the lowest s.n. of the two numbers 3.57 x = (3) (4) (3) Validating results Back substitution (substitute your result (sol n) back to the eq n Order of magnitude estimation (crude but easy, reasonable) Test of reasonables (velocity of water > speed of light????) 10

11 Estimation of measured Values: Sample mean A Products at 45 0 C, after 2 mins, what is the fraction of A? heater T Analyzer X (% conversion) In theory X is unique, but in real life each time it is different Run X(%) It is impossible to replicate the experimental conditions exactly in successive exp. It is impossible to draw the our samples at eaxctly same times, t=0.1 s. Variations in sampling and chemical anlaysis So what is the value of X? What is the true value of X? The best we can do is to estimate X by sample mean. X= 1 (X1+X2+x3 XN) =1 Σ J x J N N = 69.3 % The range Sample variance Sample std deviation are used to express the extent to which values of random variable scatter about their mean value. Range = Xmax Xmin (difference) Sample Var = S2= Sample Std Dev = Sx = Sx2 Typically 2/3 of all measured values fall within one std deviation of mean. Values are reported as 48.2 ±

12 Statistical Quality control 12

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