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KE2185 Separation Processes 7.5 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus KE2185 (Spring 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course comprises fundamentals, basic requirements, and design principles for separation processes. Detailed descriptions and analyses of common unit operations are given. The fundamental mechanisms of phase equilibria and mass and/or heat transport and how the mathematical description of these mechanisms can be used in the design are also treated, as well as matters concerning the practical design of apparatus. The course has particulor emphasis on energy efficiency and the environment.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course, the students should be able to:

  • Describe different separation techniques and the practical design of the apparatus (TEN1, PRO1)
  • Describe the underlying principles behind different separation techniques (TEN1, PRO1)
  • Apply basic principles to design specific separation processes (TEN1, LAB1)
  • Motivate and critically examine the choice of a separation technique for a specific purpose (PRO1)

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Literature and preparations

Specific 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


  • LAB1 - Computer laborations, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project assignment, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 4.5 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.

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.

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Main field of study

Chemical Science and Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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