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MH2039 Process Engineering 6.0 credits

This course provides an overview of typical metallurgical processes to convert mined ores and minerals to metals ready for sale.  This is a key part of Sweden's economy and it is therefore important to understand the context, challenges and fundamental calculations of the industry.  The course is not intended to discuss mining or manufacturing.

Participants will learn to design processes using thermodynamic methods and perfroma a group project to study the production of one metal in detail and present your findings at the end of the course.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MH2039 (Autumn 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Material production and treatment processes including preparation of raw materials,
production of metals,
heat and mechanical treatments of metal products.
Basic knowledge of physicochemical processes in metallurgy including application of thermodynamic and kinetic processes, ternary phase diagrams, mass and energy balances for calculations in metallurgical processes.

Intended learning outcomes

Having finishing the course the student will be able to:

· Briefly describe the structure of main routes for material production and treatment processes from raw material to final production

· Briefly describe the main processes of material production in liquid and solid states at high temperature, analyse and compare advantages and disadvantages of main production processes

· Understand and apply ternary phase diagrams in metallurgical processes

· Understand and apply heat and mass balances in metallurgical processes

· Carry out an advanced literature survey in KTH databases to obtain relevant information for specific projects

· Apply individual skills as well as team skills in preparation of project report and presentation

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Basic knowledge in thermodynamics, heat and mass balances in metallurgical processes.

Recommended prerequisites

Fundamental principles of process metallurgy corresponding to what is taught in the course MH1029 Sustainable process technology


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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


  • PRO2 - Project, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 2.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercise, 1.0 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.

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 web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web MH2039

Offered by

ITM/Materials Science and Engineering

Main field of study

Materials Science, Materials Science and Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

MH2053 Applied Thermodynamics for Material Processing

MH2049 Advanced Course in Process Science


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