Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand. KTE061 overlaps following cours/es: KTE060. Optional for: B4, K4p, Pi4, W4p. Course coordinator: Professor Gunnar Lidén,, Chemical Engineering. Recommended prerequisits: KTE023, KET045, BLT010 or KTE170. The course might be cancelled if the number of applicants is less than 10. 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 is focused on reactor analysis and the coupling between mass transfer and kinetics. The analysis is based on the formulation of mathematical models and their numerical treatment. The following topics are discussed:

The stirred tank reactor (dynamics, coupled heat and mass balances)

The tubular reactor (adiabatic and non-isothermal operation, dispersion, optimization of temperature profiles)

Non-ideal reactors(residence time distributions, simple compartment models, flow profiles)

Heterogeneous catalysis (external and internal mass transfer, estimations of parameter values)

Gas-solid reactions (absorption, film theory, enhancement factor);

Model calibration (linear and non-linear parameter estimation)

Numerical methods (non-linear stationary and dynamic processes, distributed systems, non-linear optimization)

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.

T.O. Salmi, J. Mikkola och J. P. Warna. Chemical Reactor Engineering and Reactor Theory, Taylor & Francis, 2009