TKP4535 - Environmental Engineering and Reactor Technology, Specialization Course


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Oral examination 100/100 D

Course content

The Specialization course consists of two modules of 3.75 sp to make a total of 7.5 sp. The electable modules are:

- Spectral methods (3.75 stp): The subject includes an extensive theoretical introduction to numerical methods that are used to solve reactor models in which details in the description of flow phenomena are especially important. The methods that are considered are spectral and spectral element methods like the orthogonal collocation. The methods swill be applied solving relatively simple model equations through exercises and projects. Solid experience in programming/matlab is required prerequisite.

- Gas cleaning (3.75 sp): Introduction to energy production. Formation of different gas pollutants as well as the most used purification methods. Selected processes for the removal of acid gases like CO2, SO2, and H2S as well as removal of selected other gas compounds like NOx and VOC will be discussed. An overall assessment of climate challenges will be discussed in light of international agreements. Additionally, an introduction to gas purification with absorption.

- Membrane separation (3.75 sp): : The course will give introduction to basic material technology and membrane separation of liquid and gas streams. Specific topics are transport mechanisms, the material properties, how the membranes are produced, types of modules and applications both for gases and liquids, Phenomena like concentration polarization and fouling will also be discussed and how to reduce these effects. Characterization of the membrane materials.

- Crystallization and particle design (3.75 sp): General crystallization theory: Thermodynamic considerations for definition of supersaturation. Lattice structure and polymorphism. Nucleation, crystal growth mechanisms and agglomeration. Introduction to the population balance. Experimental techniques to determine particle size distributions and crystal morphology. Experimnetal strategies to determine nucleation and growth rate kinetics and mechanisms. Special condiations related to the production of nanoparticles and material development by biomineralization.

- Mathematical modeling and model fitting (3.75 sp): In all areas of engineering and science, there is a need to construct models and fit unknown model parameters to experimental data. This is a practical course and you will learn how to verify if the fitted model is adequate or not, how to calculate confidence intervals of estimated parameters and responses. Topics that will be covered include linear regression with single and multiple responses, ANOVA, lack of fit tests and more. Programming languages are Matlab and/or Python.

- Biorefining and Biomaterials (3,75 stp): The module builds on and amplifies topics from TKP4180 Biofuels and Biorefineries. The module covers process solutions for existing and future biorefineries. The curriculum includes biochemical, thermochemical and chemical conversion of biomass-based raw materials into materials, chemicals and fuels.

- Chemical Engineering, Special Topics (3.75 sp): Modules from other Specialization Courses at the Department or at other departments can be chosen after consultation with the course coordinator

Learning outcome

At the end of the course the students should:
- Specialization in crystallization theory and characterization techniques to dimension crystallizers and analyze industrial applications for separation performance, removal of impurities by precipitation and scaling on process equipment as well as to understand the conditions that govern the size and shape of nanoparticles and the mechanism involved in biomineralization.
- After fulfillment of this course the students should be able to evaluate which type of membrane materials are best suited for separation of various gases and liquids in processes.
- After fulfilment of this course the students should be able to design a process for the most relevant gas cleaning techniques.
- The students should be able to develop models for different types of chemical reactors, solve the resulting set of equations, analyze data, and calculate the performance of laboratory- and industrial scale reactors.
- Suggest technically feasible process solutions for the manufacture of materials, chemicals and fuels from biomass-based raw material, and demonstrate insight in advantages and disadvantages with the various processing choices and different raw materials.
- Collecting understanding and assessing peer-reviewed literature.
- Report writing and presentation techniques.

Learning methods and activities

Expected workload per week is twelve hours. The modules are given as lectures, seminars, problem sessions, group- or individual studies.

Further on evaluation

Information about the exam in the modules will be given at the beginning of the semester.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Chemical Engineering (MSCHEMENG)
Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (MIKJ)
Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (MTKJ)

Course materials

Given at course start.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TKP4730 7.5 01.09.2007
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of specialization hours: 12

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Technological subjects


Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 100/100 D
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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