KP3010 - Introduction to separation processes


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours C

Course content

The course provides an introduction to the principles behind important separation processes, and their significance and applicability are discussed. In the theory part, mass transfer processes associated with distillation and gas absorption are reviewed. This is to be used in connection with chemical operations such as extraction, crystallization, ion exchange, adsorption and membranes. For gas / liquid contactors, mass transfer phenomena and column design will be discussed in more detail. Finally, the procedure for determining which separation techniques are most appropriate to use in various issues is discussed.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, candidates should be able to:

  • Understand and explain the main principles of the various physical and chemical separation technologies and make well-founded choices of suitable unit operation for separating gas, liquid and solid.
  • Obtain and process necessary information for calculations.
  • Understand and read diagrams and tables such as humidity diagrams, solubility diagrams, phase diagrams and triangular diagrams.
  • Interpret process diagrams and set up a simplified flow chart.
  • Understand and explain basic mass transfer mechanisms.
  • Perform calculations and have basic knowledge of associated technical equipment.
  • Dimension relevant equipment for different unit operations.
  • Use Python to solve simple problems.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures take place weekly (4 hours) with accompanying exercises and supervision (2 hours), in addition to self-study (4 hours).

Compulsory assignments

  • Obligatory exercises

Further on evaluation

In the event of a postponed examination (re-sit examination), the written examination may be changed to an oral examination. For applications for credit, approval and integration of courses from previous cohorts or other institutions' corresponding educations, each application will be processed individually and the applicant must be able to include credit reduction for overlapping courses.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Chemical engineering (FTHINGKJ)
Materials engineering (FTHINGMAT)

Required previous knowledge

Study requirements. Access to the course presupposes the right to study at the Bachelor of Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Technology, NTNU, Trondheim

Course materials

  • Andre B. de Haan, Industrial Separation Processes: Fundamentals, de Gruyter, 2020.
  • [Valgfri] Geankoplis, Transport processes Separation Process Principles, Pearson, 4. utg, 2014. (This book also covers the material of the subject, but the course and lectures are planned according to the book by De Haan. The latter contains many good illustrations and is generally easier to read.)
  • Gordon Aylward og Tristan Findlay: SI Chemical data, Wiley 7. utg, 2014.
  • Utlevert materiale.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TKP4105 6.0 AUTUMN 2021
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2022

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Engineering Subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Chemical Engineering


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 C 2022-12-20 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 C INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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