TKP4110 - Chemical Reaction Engineering


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Work 20/100
Written examination 80/100 4 hours D

Course content

The course is divided in a theoretical part and a laboratory part. The theoretical part contains an overview of homogeneous and heterogeneous reaction mechanisms with particular emphasis on the relation between diffusion, heat transfer and reaction rate. Heterogeneous catalysis including reactions between gases, liquids and solid materials is also dealt with. Calculation of conversion and yields in batch reactors and in flow systems i.e. plug flow reactors and continuous-stirred tank reactors. Reactor stability and optimalisation of the reaction path. The laboratory work includes one exercise related to a topic from the theoretical part.

Learning outcome

At the end of the course the students should:
- Explain the different steps in reaction mechanisms on catalytic surfaces and identify the rate-determining step.
- Make qualified choices of optimal reactor design, Batch, CSTR or PFR, or configurations of reactors in series.
- Understand the different importance of kinetic and thermodynamic considerations for the choice of feed temperature in reactor systems for equilibrium reactions.
- Understand the effect of variation flow rate, temperature and particle size on the total reaction rate in a system that is controlled both by mass transfer and reaction.
- Plan and interpret experimental data to determine kinetic parameters for chemical reactions.
- Determine conversion and yield for chemical reactions.
- By an enthalpy analysis to derive the energy balance for continuous steady state reactor systems.
- Determine the volume of reactor systems based on kinetic data and mass and heat balances.

Learning methods and activities

The course is given as a combination of lectures, exercises, self-study and laboratory work. Admission to the exam requires that ½ of the exercises are approved.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a final written exam (80%) and the laboratory grading (20%). The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade.
If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.
For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

H. Scott Vogler: Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering. Prentice-Hall, Inc. 4th or 5th edition.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIK2015 7.5


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Work 20/100
Autumn ORD Written examination 80/100 D 2017-12-08 09:00 D2 , KJL1 , KJL21
  • * 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.