Syllabus for Technology of Process Modelling

Processteknisk modellering

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 1KB759
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Chemistry A1N, Technology A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle
    G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

    Second cycle
    A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2010-03-16
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-08-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 24, 2019
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits including 60 credits in chemistry with Process Equipment Design. Scientific Computing I, 5 credits, Scientific Computing II, 5 credits, or the equivalent. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.
  • Responsible department: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe and compare the fundamental properties of different types of reactors and different modes of operation, as well as determine using appropriate calculations the specifications for one or more reactors in order to fulfil given process requirements in relatively simple systems.
  • analyse and calculate material balances for non-reactive as well as reactive processes in single and multiple unit systems.
  • explain at a molecular level the mechanisms that are crucial for important for separation processes.
  • define and develop mathematical models for planning and optimising industrial chemical and biotechnological separation processes , using relevant mathematical tools.
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  • give an overview of the overall process in large-scale industrial operations with relevance to production and purification of pharmaceuticals/biomolecules in terms of productivity..


Chemical and biotechnological reactions and adsorption from a thermodynamik, kinetic and molecular perspective. Reactors. Steady-state operation. Material balance. Single and multiple unit systems. Degrees of freedom analysis. Rates of reactions. Conversion. Engineering separation methods in pilot and industry scale. Formulating and using mathematical models: empirical models, strictly mechanism-based analytical models, as well as stochastic models. Use of mathematical modelling and calculation programs. Modelling of homogeneous system. Introduction to modelling of two-phase system. Factors that affect productivity, yield and cost.


Instruction includes lectures and seminars, tutorials and laboratory exercises. Oral and written presentations of a process project are also included in the course.


Written examination is organised at the end of the course (3 credits). Laboratory work and written assignments (2 credits). Process project (2.5 credits). The final grade is based on a weighted average of the course components.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

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