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Unit Operations 7.5 Credits

First cycle, B0004K
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2017 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Chemical Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Chemical Engineering

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and Chemical Principles (K0016K, Physics 1 (F0004T, Physics 3 (F0006T), Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (M0031M), Transport Processes (B0003K) and good knowledge in English, equivalent to English 6

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
The course goal is to give students opportunity to acquire the principles of operation of different chemical separation processes. After completion of the course the students should:
• possess an overview of different separation processes
• understand the relationship between thermodynamics and separation processes
• develop a good understanding of the factors that affect the function of unit operations
• be able to perform design calculations for unit operations
• explain the relationship between the construction and operation of chemical process equipment
• be able to describe and use representative process simulation programs to perform unit operation simulations
• develop ability to use representative simulation program to model unit operations
• be able to design, conduct, and analyse experimental work


The course is a survey of separation technology and unit operations and includes the following topics:

• Thermodynamic background for separation processes
• Single and multistage systems
• Column operations and contact equipment
• Binary and multicomponent distillation
• Leaching and extraction
• Thermal processing
• Humidification and absorption
• Chromatographic separation processes
• Mathematical modelling of separation processes with representative software

The course consists of lectures, calculation sessions, and laboratories. Lectures cover the theory of the various transport processes. The calculation sessions cover problem solutions and examples based on the lectures. The laboratories cover key point from the lectures and given students practical experience with chemical process equipment.

The examination will be comprehensive on the course material and include both theory and calculation parts.

The course B0004K is equal to KGB007 The course is given on a basic level on the Master’s programme Chemical Engineering Design. Study guide can be found in Fronter in the current course room.

Magnus Sjöblom

Transition terms
The course B0004K is equal to KGB007

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2007 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Geankoplis Christie J., Transport Processes and Separation Process Principals, fourth edition, Prentice-Hall PTR, New Jersey, US, 2003. ISBN 0-13-101367-X

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

0001Written exam4.5G U 3 4 5
0002Assignment1.5U G#
0003Laboratory work1.5U G#

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
Course plan approved by the Department of Chemical Engineering and Geosciences 2007-02-28.

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 13 Feb 2017