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KE2045 Chemical Reaction Engineering 7.5 credits

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For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 17 Mar 2025 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus KE2045 (Spring 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

This course introduces students to chemical reaction engineering and reactor design. The aim is to give the students an enhanced understanding of the theory of chemical reactors and enhanced skill in formulation and analysis of mathematical models in chemical reaction engineering. The class problems and the computer laboratory exercises aim to enhancing problem solving skills both with and without computer usage.

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe ideal reactors and their characteristics
  • Develop mathematical expressions (models) to describe the behaviour of reactors and analyse how kinetics, mass- and heat transfer affect the performance of reactors.
  • Apply analytical and numerical methods to determine reactor behaviour and analyse the results
  • Design/Size chemical reactors and optimise operating conditions
  • Apply RTD (residence time distribution) methods to diagnose non-ideal flows in reactors and calculate conversions in non-ideal reactors.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Courses corresponding to the Bachelor programme Engineering chemistry at KTH or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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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 - Home and classroom problems, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory work, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, 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.

The final grade of the course is determined based on an algorithm described in the course-PM.

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

Chemical Science and Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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