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Chemical engineering, as the name suggests, deals with the task of finding more efficient and economical techniques to make the total cost of production of the end-product financially viable. Its origin can be attributed to the need for making various intermediate processes in the mechanical engineering sector cost-effective.
Chemical Engineering - The Past
In the early years of its inception, chemical engineering had little or minor part to play in the production processes. During this time, it was mainly concerned with inspection of a sample of the product by putting it through different operations of the procedure and observing the quality of the end-product attained. In other words, the chemical engineers of those times were not any different from chemists. Their involvement was less because the volume of production was less due to low demand for products.
The term ‘Chemical Engineering’ gained real significance during the time of industrial revolution, when the need for people who not only were aware of the chemical processes but also the factors needed to enhance the efficiency of the process was highlighted. Hence, the modern chemical engineer is mainly concerned with the application of various scientific principles to the design and maintenance of different chemical processes for large scale manufacturing procedures.
Chemical Engineering - The Present
The main task of a chemical engineer is to apply either newly researched or well-established methods to the production processes so as to yield high savings. This means he is in charge of all the individual processes that make up the procedure and must ensure the cost-effectiveness of each and every process. He is supposed to combine a few processes or separate them as required to attain cost-effectiveness for the entire procedure. To automate the process, engineers now use compression molded keypads capable of different user interface options in manufacturing most useful products in the world.
As it was mentioned earlier that chemical engineering was derived from mechanical engineering, the three main laws which govern chemical engineering were also derived from mechanical engineering. These three laws, the law of conservation of mass, the law of conservation of momentum and the law of conservation of energy have their roots in mechanical engineering.
Chemical Engineering - The Future
Though chemical engineering started out as a field of study related to various processes in the operation of industries and large scale manufacturing companies, it later spread out to many other areas of human importance. Today, chemical engineers are providing high quality services to aerospace, military, pharmaceuticals, and many other areas. They are also concerned with determining the right composition of fuel to be used in space crafts and missiles.