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how much of engineering is chemistry?

how much of engineering is chemistry?
Very little (almost none), in most disciplines. The one with the most is materials science/engineering.

Generally it’ll be applied physics & maths.
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Original post by ramz89
how much of engineering is chemistry?


Mech Eng? Very little.

Chem Eng - a lot!

Automotive Eng - a little on fuels
Original post by Muttley79
Mech Eng? Very little.

Chem Eng - a lot!

Automotive Eng - a little on fuels


Tbh their is not really much chemistry for the engineers here, fuel applications in the automotive applications are really all about thermodynamics.

you have to know a few specific parameters i.e. energy density/heating value/stoichometry ratios (and this is all listed on a data sheet anyway) but you don’t really care about chemical reaction more understanding indicated and brake thermal efficiency relative to mechanical characteristics. Even things like minimizing NOx is more about controlling mechanical variables at a system level. The chemistry side is all done by professional chemists in lubricant & energy companies before it gets to powertrain engineers.
Original post by Muttley79
Mech Eng? Very little.

Chem Eng - a lot!

Automotive Eng - a little on fuels


I was always told that chem Eng actually had very little chemistry and a lot more maths (and some physics)??
Original post by harlz_chalamet
I was always told that chem Eng actually had very little chemistry and a lot more maths (and some physics)??


I was of the impression chem eng is akin to civil engineering with a little bit of fluid mechanics.
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Original post by mnot
I was of the impression chem eng is akin to civil engineering with a little bit of fluid mechanics.

so youre trying to say that chemistry is a very spcialised field?
would you recommend i do alevel chemistry for engineering?
or is it just best to learn the neccessary topics at uni when the time comes.
is the alevel worth it or am i better off teaching myself whats actually important
Original post by harlz_chalamet
I was always told that chem Eng actually had very little chemistry and a lot more maths (and some physics)??


My husband - who studied Chem Eng - describes it as bucket chemistry. His friend from uni works in the oil industry.
Original post by Muttley79
My husband - who studied Chem Eng - describes it as bucket chemistry. His friend from uni works in the oil industry.

omg no way??
I was thinking of choosing a career path between chemistry and chemical engineering, but I was put off chemical engineering because loads of people told me how little chemistry there is in the degree. I might look into it again
Original post by ramz89
so youre trying to say that chemistry is a very spcialised field?
would you recommend i do alevel chemistry for engineering?
or is it just best to learn the neccessary topics at uni when the time comes.
is the alevel worth it or am i better off teaching myself whats actually important

You don't need Chem unless you want to study Chem Eng
Original post by Muttley79
Mech Eng? Very little.

Chem Eng - a lot!

Automotive Eng - a little on fuels

Do you know how much chem is in biomed engineering?
Im standing next to a chemical engineer as we speak, just posed the question to him he said chemical engineering is really process engineering. You'll do a module around chemistry phases in year 1 but it’s pretty basic.
Original post by mnot
Im standing next to a chemical engineer as we speak, just posed the question to him he said chemical engineering is really process engineering. You'll do a module around chemistry phases in year 1 but it’s pretty basic.

I've lived with one for a number of years - they don't all do the same thing.
Original post by ramz89
how much of engineering is chemistry?

Very little. There's some in chemical engineering - though a lot less than people typically think - and also materials engineering too. But, in terms of the basic sciences, maths and physics feature the most in engineering.
Original post by ramz89
how much of engineering is chemistry?

Depends on which type mate.
Original post by harlz_chalamet
I was always told that chem Eng actually had very little chemistry and a lot more maths (and some physics)??

Depends on which course. There is almost always a purely maths based module which can involve matrices.

Not all chemical engineering courses require an A Level in chemistry (although most do).

It is best to read up on this on the syllabus for different universities.
Original post by ramz89
so youre trying to say that chemistry is a very spcialised field?
would you recommend i do alevel chemistry for engineering?
or is it just best to learn the neccessary topics at uni when the time comes.
is the alevel worth it or am i better off teaching myself whats actually important

You don’t need A Level chemistry for engineering. Maths and Physics are more important. Unless you want to do chemical engineering then pick chemistry, but even then you can still do it without having taken chemistry at certain universities (eg Loughborough and Leeds).
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Original post by ramz89
how much of engineering is chemistry?

Hi @ramz89,

I noticed someone mentioned Loughborough, so I wanted to comment and say that you can see all our courses here. I would visit this page to see the entry requirements and module information for each course. It will give you more of an idea of what's needed in relation to your questions.

I hope this helps! If you have any further questions, let me know :smile:

- Lindsay
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