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KE1175 Chemical Process Engineering 6.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus KE1175 (Autumn 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course treats the basics in chemical process engineering that are based on relationships including kinetics, equilibria, diffusion and also the conservation of matter and thermodynamic relationships and basic electrochemical concepts, to evaluate chemical engineering processes for production of chemicals, heat or electricity. The basic principles of chemical engineering start from both microscopic and macroscopic mathematical models to describe essentially ideal processes in chemical process equipment.

  • analyse the use of energy and materials in a production plant based on chemical engineering, environmental, social and economical criteria
  • reflect in a structured way over his professional role as engineer and his professional responsibility in relation to sustainable development
  • explain the concept of an ideal stage and utilise this at the design of a separation system in continuous systems
  • suggest an appropriate separation method in a two-component system based on the physical properties of the compounds
  • explain how the driving force for mass transport affects the design of a separation process with mass transfer
  • explain the importance of volume change in a gas phase reaction in ideal reactors and calculate the actual residence time
  • identify safety risks at the operation of reactors and separation units 
  • suggest design and control of ideal reactors to minimise waste based on ideal reactor models and selectivity criteria 
  • discuss the basic principles of process intensification and environmentally-friendly production

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Dimension simple components in a chemical process system while taking into account aspects of sustainability
  • analyse how kinetics and mass transfer affect the design and operation of chemical reactors 
  • analyse industrial separation processes for two-component mixtures 
  • analyse electrochemical systems by means of application of basic electrochemical concepts

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

KE1140 Engineering Chemistry and either SF1625 Calculus in One Variable or SF1624 Algebra and Geometry.

Recommended prerequisites

The courses in school year 1 and school year 2 should be in hand. Especially, this applies to the courses in mathematics, numerical methods, technical chemistry, transport processes, chemical dynamics and thermodynamics.


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  1. Current edition of Richardson, J . F. and Harker, J . H ., Coulson & Richardson´s Chemical Engineering, Vol. 2, Butterworth Heinemann, Oxford.
  2. Current edition of Fogler, H . S ., Element of Chemical Reaction Engineering, Person Education, Upper Saddle River, N . J ., the USA.
  3. Behm, M., Lagergren, C. and Lindbergh, G., Electrochemistry for fuel cells and batteries, KTH Chemical engineering.

The above literature is supplemented by relevant compendiums and offprints

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • BER1 - Calculation Assignments, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Approved examination and computational problems and laboratory sessions.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

KE2180 Separation Processes for the Process Industry and the Environment 9.0 credits

KE2040 Chemical Reaction Engineering 9.0 credits

KE2110 Applied Electrochemistry 7.5 credits

KE2190 Experimental Process Design 6.0 credits

KE2330 Sustainable Production of Pharmaceuticals 9.0 credits

Supplementary information

The course is closely linked to the course SF1521 Numerical Methods and Basic Programming, Part 2

Overlaps with KE1020 and KE1080