Course syllabus

Kemisk reaktionsteknik, fortsättningskurs
Chemical Reaction Engineering, Advanced Course

KTE061, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 2
Date of Decision: 2012-04-04

General Information

Elective for: B4, K4-p, Pi4, W4-p
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


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.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
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.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written take-home exam. Assignments.

Code: 0107. Name: Chemical Reaction Engineering.
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH.
Code: 0207. Name: Computer Assignments.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG.


Required prior knowledge: KTE023, KET045, BLT010 or KTE170.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course might be cancelled: If the number of applicants is less than 10.
The course overlaps following course/s: KTE060

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Professor Gunnar Lidén,
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