Course syllabus

Masstransport i naturliga och tekniska system
Mass Transfer Processes in Environmental Engineering

KTE170, 15 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2016/17
Decided by: Education Board C
Date of Decision: 2016-04-12

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: W3
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The course aims at giving the student a deep and internalized understanding of how mass flow can be characterised, systemised and quantified as well as making them able to do mass balance calculations for numerous situations and systems. The course also aims at connecting knowledge and skills, acquired by the student in earlier courses in the engineering education, in such a way that it strengthens the student’s capacity to solve engineering problems. Group tasks and seminars aims at developing the students' communicative skills and ability to cooperate on a professional level. The study visits illustrate how the theoretical content of the course is used by civil engineers in their profession and thus aims at inspiring the student and to facilitate the student’s choice of specialisation.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must




Methods for process and reactor calculations for analysis and quantification of mass flow in technical as well as natural systems. The interplay between macroscopic transport and chemical reactions, mixing models and residence time distributions. Applications to transport in biofilms and ground water as well as transformation of substances in surface waters.

The fundamentals of molecular (i.e. diffusive) and convective transport. Models for phase equilibrium and principles for selection and design of a number of separation processes. Design of equipment for heat transfer and examples of how separation processes can be applied in an environmentally friendly fashion.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written exam, assignments, laboratory, study visits and active participation in seminars. Final grade is based upon the written exam and complementary points on compulsory assignments. For grade 4 and 5 respectively the student must reach a minimum level of complementary points, the exact level of which is announced each year at the beginning of the course.

Code: 0111. Name: Assignment (Period 2).
Credits: 2. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Laboratory, assignments and seminars. Contents: Process and reactor calculations, fundamental mass transfer and separation processes
Code: 0211. Name: Study Visit.
Credits: 1. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Study visits.
Code: 0311. Name: Examination.
Credits: 7. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Written exam. Contents: Process and reactor calculations, fundamental mass transfer and separation processes.
Code: 0411. Name: Assignments (Period 3).
Credits: 5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Assignments and seminars. Contents: Application of fundamental theory on industrial processes and transport and transformation of substances in the environment


Required prior knowledge: FMAA05, FMA420, FMA430, VVR120, KFKA01.
The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Prof. Per Warfvinge,
Course coordinator: Universitetslektor Mattias Alveteg,
Course homepage:
Further information: During study period 3, each week includes compulsory classes such as study visits and seminars.