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Design for Sustainable Processing 7.5 Credits

Designer för hållbar processteknik
Second cycle, P7009K
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2014 Sp 3 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Process Metallurgy
Subject group (SCB)
Chemical Engineering

Entry requirements

90 credits in Chemical Engineering, including the courses P0001K High Temperature Processes and M0001K Mechanical ProcessTechnology.

More information about English language requirements


Selection C

Course Aim

After completing the course, the student shall be able to
* describe the concept of sustainable development
* describe the most usual methods to analyse how choice of material or process influence environmental impact
* describe and understand the techniques usually used in recycling
* describe the residues formed in high temperature processes, how they are formed and possible uses
* describe the important limitations for recycling
* describe a few examples of coupled material cycles and understand how this influences the possibilities for a sustainable processing
* understand that and to some extent why, design of a product influences possibilities for recycling


Lectures are combined with exercises, demonstrations, a project assignment and study trips.


The lectures and assignments will give the students knowledge about the methods usually used to evaluate environmental impact, especially LCI/LCA, as well as an understanding of how choice of material and process influences sustainability in materials production. The course covers metallurgical process technique as well as physical separation methods especially used within recycling processes. Some typical processes for recycling are described, e.g. smelting of electronic scrap, recycling of lead batteries, flotation of ink from recycled paper and energy- and chemicals production from residues generated in pulp- and paper mills. Generation of residues as well as their possible use is another important part of the course.

The project is used to (in groups) describe, analyse, evaluate, interpret, report and present the result of a chosen study on a process or product. It is reported at two seminars, the first to describe for the other groups the study and the intended work. The second seminar is used for reporting of the work done, and there is a prepared opponent group. The opponent group have written a short assessment of the responding group’s report and must during the seminar orally criticise the report. Assignments and project report must be technically and grammatically correct.
The study trips connect contents from lectures and project task with applications in the industry.


Assignments, the project, seminars and study trips are compulsory. Assignments, seminars, the project and the opposition are each awarded points based on the attained level. Assignments and reports must be delivered in time or there will be an automatic deduction of points. The total points production determines the grand grade of the course, and it is given on the scale 3 4 5.


Compulsory attendance at the first lecture, study trips and seminars.

Jan Rosenkranz

Transition terms
The course P7009K is equal to P0002K

Literature. Valid from Spring 2014 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Lectures based on Reuter MA, et al, The Metrics of Material and Metal Ecology, Elsevier, own compendium material and scientific publications.

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

0001Assignment reports2.5G U 3 4 5
0002Project4.5G U 3 4 5
0003Study trip0.5U G#

Syllabus established
by Eva Gunneriusson 14 Mar 2012

Last revised
by Eva Gunneriusson 07 Nov 2013