Course syllabus

Reaction Engineering

KETF25, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2023/24
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED B/K
Date of Decision: 2023-04-18

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: B3, K3
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The reactor is the site of chemical transformations in industrial processes. The design and sizing of the reactor is determined by the interaction between reaction rates of the various possible reactions, diffusion of reactants and products, released reaction heat and the possibilities to cool the reactor and achieve the necessary mixing of reactant streams.
The aim of the course is to provide a fundamental understanding of the interaction between the physical processes and chemical reactions in a reactor, and the ability to formulate a mathematical description of these for the purpose of analysis and design.
The course will also provide knowledge about the main types of reactors for homogeneous and heterogeneous reactions, examplified by important examples from chemical and biochemical industry.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must


Fundamental reaction kinetics: Rate expressions, rate constants and temperature dependence, relation between kinetics and equilibrium, analysis of batch reactors.
Ideal reactors: The stirred tank reactor and the plug flow reactor, reactions with mole changes, multiple reactions, reactors in parallell and series.
Non-isothermal reactors: Reactor stability in the CSTR, adiabatic plug flow reactors, adiabatic equilibrium reactions.
Heterogeneous systems: Qualitative and simplified quantitative analysis of the effects of mass transport, catalysts.
Non-ideal reactors: Residence time distributions, characterization of flow patterns.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Written examination and computer exercises. The grade is based on the written examination.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0113. Name: Reaction Engineering.
Credits: 7. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination
Code: 0213. Name: Computer Excercises.
Credits: 0,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Computer exercises


Admission requirements:

Assumed prior knowledge: KETA10 or KLGA01, FMAA015.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: KET045, KTE023

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Sara Blomberg,
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