Syllabus academic year 2008/2009
(Created 2008-07-17.)

Higher education credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Level: A (Second level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. KTE061 overlap following cours/es: KTE060 och KTE060. Optional for: K4p, Pi4, Pi4bs, RH4, W4, W4p. Course coordinator: Professor Gunnar Lidén,, Inst för kemiteknik. Recommended prerequisits: KTE023, KET045, BLT010 or KTE170. Assessment: Written take-home exam. Assignments. Home page:

The course aim is to give the student an understanding of the phenomena which will decide the design of chemical processes and chemical reactors, and to give the student an ability to analyse chemical reactors by mathematical models.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

The course includes the following topics:

The stirred tank reactor (dynamics, coupled heat and mass balances); Heterogeneous catalysis (external and internal mass transfer, estimations of parameter values, the effectiveness factor); the Tubular reactor (adiabatic operation, non-isothermal operation, estimation of parameters, dispersion, numeric solution of PDEs); Non-ideal reactors (residence time distribution, segregated and non-segregated flow, tanks-in-series models, dispersion models); Gas-solid reactions; Optimisation (discrete optimization, optimization of temperature profiles); Modelling of kinetics (parameter estimation, model discrimination), Gas-liquid reactions (the enhancement factor).

Theory and industrial relevance is introduced during lectures, whereas training in problem structuring and problem solving takes place in tutorials and during work on computer assignments, in which a somewhat more extensive problem is to solved. The computer assignments are solved in groups of two. Written reports must be handed in for all assignments, and in addition one assignment per group must be orally presented.

Bjerle, I: Kompendium - Kemisk reaktionsteknik. 1998 (in Swedish).