TKP4150 - Industrial Chemistry and Refining


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

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

Course content

Feedstocks, Norwegian oil and gas production, energy from fossil fuels. Oil refining, oil products, refinery design and selected processes, catalytic reforming and isomerization, hydrotreating and hydrocracking, catalytic cracking, treatment of heavy oils, environmental concerns, new fuels. Examples of basic, intermediate and end products from petrochemistry. Natural gas and LPG as feedstock, synthesis gas production, preparation and use of hydrogen, methanol synthesis, Fischer-Tropsch, ammonia synthesis. Production of light olefins by steam-cracking, dehydrogenation and other routes, use of light olefins. Brief introduction to biomass as the feedstock for biofuels and chemicals, and carbon capture and utilization (CCU).

Learning outcome

At the end of the course the students should be able to: - Describe basic chemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, catalysis, reactor technology and process design and layout for key processes in oil refining, gas conversion and petrochemistry. - Describe the value chains from typical raw materials to key intermediates. - Be aware of issues linked with sustainability of processes and products. - Know about biomass as an alternative feedstock. - Describe and justify the links between the basic chemical issues (the chemical reactions, heat of reaction, kinetics, catalysis) and the process and reactor design (handling of reactants and products, heat of reaction, equilibrium limitations, recirculation). - Find and understand and reproduce information of products and processes.

Learning methods and activities

The course is given as a combination of self-study, lectures, and exercises in the form of project reports including student presentations.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

The final examination is the basis for the grade in the course. The exercises must be approved in order to take the exam. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Course materials

J.A. Moulijn, M. Makkee, A. van Diepen: Chemical Process Technology, 2nd edition, Wiley 2013, and articles and handouts.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIK2057 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Chemical Engineering


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 A 2024-06-06 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL310 Sluppenvegen 14 23
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 A INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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