GATE Syllabus 2018 for Chemical Engineering- Check Complete Syllabus

Maniprabha Singh updated on : 07 Sep 2017
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GATE Aspirants should know every detail of syllabus in order to make the most of it. GATE Chemical Engineering Syllabus is provided below to help you.

GATE Syllabus 2018 for Chemical Engineering- Candidates who are appearing in GATE Chemical Engineering paper should be aware of each and every sections and topics that will be considered to prepare the question paper. Candidates should know GATE exam pattern and syllabus as they both are the base of preparation and candidate who know when to prepare and what to prepare is the one who win the race. So, grab all details from paper pattern to the important topics before starting the preparation.  

GATE 2018 is scheduled to be held on February 03, 04, 10 & 11, 2018 to provide admissions into M.Tech./Ph.D. programmes in IITs , IISc, IISERs and other reputed institutions. The Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering (GATE) is a computer-based test with an allotted time of three hours. It consists of a total of 65 questions summing up to a total of 100 marks. As per the GATE syllabus, all the 23 papers have a section for General Aptitude questions, which will constitute 15% of the total marks. It will consist of two sections, Verbal Ability and Numerical Ability. The syllabus of GATE Chemical 2018 will give an overview of topics of all the sections of the examination. The engineering aspirants can plan their preparation as per the GATE syllabus for Chemical 2018

GATE Syllabus 2018 for Chemical Engineering

Part I-

There will be 65 questions carrying 100 marks, out of which 10 questions will be carting 15 marks are in General Aptitude (GA). Questions in GA will be based in A) Verbal Ability and B) Numerical Ability.

Part II-

Section 1: Engineering Mathematics

  • Linear Algebra: Matrix algebra, Systems of linear equations, Eigen values and eigenvectors.
  • Calculus: Functions of single variable, Limit, continuity and differentiability, Taylor series, Mean value theorems, Evaluation of definite and improper integrals, Partial derivatives, Total derivative, Maxima and minima, Gradient, Divergence and Curl, Vector identities, Directional derivatives, Line, Surface and Volume integrals, Stokes, Gauss and Green’s theorems.
  • Differential equations: First order equations (linear and nonlinear), Higher order linear differential equations with constant coefficients, Cauchy’s and Euler’s equations, Initial and boundary value problems, Laplace transforms, Solutions of one dimensional heat and wave equations and Laplace equation.
  • Complex variables: Complex number, polar form of complex number, triangle inequality.
  • Probability and Statistics: Definitions of probability and sampling theorems, Conditional probability, Mean, median, mode and standard deviation, Random variables, Poisson, Normal and Binomial distributions, Linear regression analysis.
  • Numerical Methods: Numerical solutions of linear and non-linear algebraic equations. Integration by trapezoidal and Simpson’s rule. Single and multi-step methods for numerical solution of differential equations.

Section 2: Process Calculations and Thermodynamics

  • Steady and unsteady state mass and energy balances including multiphase, multicomponent, reacting and non-reacting systems.
  • Use of tie components; recycle, bypass and purge calculations; Gibb’s phase rule and degree of freedom analysis.
  • First and Second laws of thermodynamics.
  •  Applications of first law to close and open systems. Second law and Entropy.
  • Thermodynamic properties of pure substances: Equation of State and residual properties, properties of mixtures: partial molar properties, fugacity, excess properties and activity coefficients; phase equilibria: predicting VLE of systems; chemical reaction equilibrium.

Section 3: Fluid Mechanics and Mechanical Operations

  • Fluid statics, Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids, shell-balances including differential form of Bernoulli equation and energy balance, Macroscopic friction factors, dimensional analysis and similitude, flow through pipeline systems, flow meters, pumps and compressors, elementary boundary layer theory, flow past immersed bodies including packed and fluidized beds,
  • Turbulent flow: fluctuating velocity, universal velocity profile and pressure drop.
  • Particle size and shape, particle size distribution, size reduction and classification of solid particles; free and hindered settling; centrifuge and cyclones; thickening and classification, filtration, agitation and mixing; conveying of solids.

Section 4: Heat Transfer

Steady and unsteady heat conduction, convection and radiation, thermal boundary layer and heat transfer coefficients, boiling, condensation and evaporation; types of heat exchangers and evaporators and their process calculations. Design of double pipe, shell and tube heat exchangers, and single and multiple effect evaporators.

Section 5: Mass Transfer

Fick’s laws, molecular diffusion in fluids, mass transfer coefficients, film, penetration and surface renewal theories; momentum, heat and mass transfer analogies; stage-wise and continuous contacting and stage efficiencies; HTU & NTU concepts; design and operation of equipment for distillation, absorption, leaching, liquid-liquid extraction, drying, humidification, dehumidification and adsorption.

Section 6: Chemical Reaction Engineering

Theories of reaction rates; kinetics of homogeneous reactions, interpretation of kinetic data, single and multiple reactions in ideal reactors, non-ideal reactors; residence time distribution, single parameter model; non-isothermal reactors; kinetics of heterogeneous catalytic reactions; diffusion effects in catalysis.

Section 7- Instrumentation and Process Control

Measurement of process variables; sensors, transducers and their dynamics, process

modeling and linearization, transfer functions and dynamic responses of various systems, systems with inverse response, process reaction curve, controller modes (P, PI, and PID); control valves; analysis of closed loop systems including stability, frequency response, controller tuning, cascade and feed forward control.

Section 8=- Plant Design and Economics

Principles of process economics and cost estimation including depreciation and total annualized cost, cost indices, payback period, rate of return, discounted cash flow, optimization in process design and sizing of chemical engineering equipments such as compressors, multistage contactors, heat exchangers.

Section 9- Chemical Technology

Inorganic chemical industries (sulfuric acid, phosphoric acid, chlor-alkali industry), fertilizers (Ammonia, Urea, SSP and TSP); natural products industries (Pulp and Paper, Sugar, Oil, and Fats); polymerization industries (polyethylene, polypropylene, PVC and polyester synthetic fibers); petroleum refining and petrochemicals.

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