Eldridge, R. Bruce Ph.D.
Head of the Process Science and Technology Center and
Distinguished Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering
|Office:||CPE 4.408||Mailing Address:|
|Phone:||(512) 232-1407, 471-7067||The University of Texas at Austin|
|Fax:||(512) 471-7060||McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering|
||200 E Dean Keeton St. Stop C0400|
|UT Mail:||C0400||Austin, TX 78712-1589|
Research Areas: Energy and Environmental Engineering
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin (1986)
M.S., Chemical Engineering, The University of Arkansas (1981)
B.S., Chemical Engineering, The University of Arkansas (1980)
CHE 473K Process Design and Operations
CHE 363 Separation Processes
CHE 354 Transport Processes
CHE 317 Introduction to Chemical Engineering Analysis
The development of separations technologies to meet current and future industrial needs.
The separations research effort can be divided into three groups: traditional technologies, novel technologies, and new applications of traditional technologies. Details of each area are given below.
- Traditional separations technologies – The fundamental understanding of widely practiced mass transfer processes such as distillation and extraction can be expanded through the development of mechanistic models. Research in this area addresses both mass transfer and hydraulic aspects of these technologies.
- Novel separations technologies- Traditional separations processes suffer from high energy consumption and high capital cost requirements. More selective separations technologies offer the potential to reduce these negative factors and produce more cost effective process designs.
- New applications of traditional separations technologies- As frontier areas such as biotechnology and microelectronics fabrication mature, separations issues will become increasingly important. The research effort is targeted at meeting challenges presented in these rapidly expanding areas by evaluating mature technologies for new applications.
Awards & Honors
Fellow American Institute of Chemical Engineers (elected 2010)
Stice, Wissler, Schechter – TEAChE undergraduate teaching award (2009)
The University of Arkansas Academy of Chemical Engineering (2008) – Director (2010)
Young Engineer of the Year–Oklahoma Society of Professional Engineers (1993)
Young Engineer of the Year–Bartlesville Chapter of OSPE (1993)
- R.E. Tsai, A.F.Seibert, R.B.Eldridge, and G.T. Rochelle, “A Dimensionless Model for Predicting the Mass Transfer Area of Structured Packing” AIChE J., (57) pg. 1173-1183, 2011.
- J. Chen, E.L. Rosen, C.W. Bielawski,R. B. Eldridge, “A Study of Cu(I)- Ethylene Complexation for Olefin-Paraffin Separation” AIChE J., (57) pg. 630-644, 2011.
- A. M. Kunjapur, R.B. Eldridge, “ Review: Photobioreactor design for commercial biofuel production,” Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., (49) pg.3516 – 3526, 2010.
- S. A. Owens, A. Kossmann, J. Farone, R. A. Ketcham, R. B. Eldridge, “Flow Field Visualization in Structure Packing Using Real Time X-ray Radiography,” Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., (48) pg. 3606-3618, 2009.
- R. E. Tsai, P. Schultheiss, A.Kettner, G. T. Rochelle, J. C. Lewis, A. F. Seibert, R. B. Eldridge, “Influence of Surface Tension on Effective Packing Area,” Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., (47) pg. 1253-1260, 2008.
- C. W. Green, J. Farone, J. K. Briley, R. B. Eldridge, R. A. Ketcham, B. Nightingale, “Novel Application of X-ray Computed Tomography: Determination of Gas/Liquid Contact Area and Liquid Hold-up in Structured Packing,” Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., (46) pg. 5734-5753, 2007.