Fundamentals of Chemical Reaction Engineering 7.5 Credits

Grundläggande kemisk reaktionsteknik
First cycle, T0006K
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2018 Sp 4 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 13 Feb 2017

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 09 Jan 2018

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Chemical Technology
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 M0031M Linear Algebra and Differential Equations, K0010K Physical Chemistry and B0003K Transport Processes or corresponding courses. 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 is designed to provide you with basic knowledge of chemical reaction engineering. The main aim of the course is to introduce you to the fundamentals of reactor design.

 At the completion of the course, you should be able to:
- have a general idea of reaction engineering;
select and size reactors for use in a chemical process, and you should also be able to determine the operational mode and optimise the process;   
describe and explain the most common chemical reactors and their pros and cons;  
mathematically describe chemical reactors (limited to the topics covered in the course);   
solve simpler reaction engineering problems using computer based tools, such as MATLAB.   


Introduction to numerical methods and MATLAB. Mass and energy balances, reaction kinetics, ideal batch, tank and tube reactors, adiabatic equilibrium processes, reactor capacity, pressure drop in chemical reactors, selectivity, yield and reactor stability.


The teaching-learning activities are comprised of lectures, tutorial sessions and a laboratory exercise. In the lectures the most important parts of the theory of reaction engineering is presented. In the tutorial sessions, example problems are solved by the instructor.
Compulsory assignments are solved in smaller groups, aiming at getting the student to practise mathematical modelling of reactors/reactor systems and analysing the models, and to develop oral presentation skills. In the laboratory exercise the students are given the opportunity to practise written presentation, work in groups, independent problem solving and theory regarding chemical reactors.


To complete the course you will need to:

– pass all assignments;

– attend the lab;

– pass the lab report;

– pass a written exam.

 The grades pass or fail are given at the laboratory exercises and the assignments. These parts of the course are examined continuously during the course.

 The exam is comprised of a number of theory questions and calculation problems. You will have 6 h to accomplish the exam. The exam is graded as U (failed, less than 50% done correct), 3, 4 and 5.

Study guidance is available on Canvas in the corresponding room

Transition terms

The course T7xxxK is equal to T7008K

Johanne Mouzon

Transition terms
The course T0006K is equal to T7008K

Literature. Valid from Spring 2018 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
• Fogler, S.H. Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering, Latest edition, Pearson education.
• Lab. instructions, assignment problems, etc. will be available for downloading from Canvas.

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

0001Written Exam4.0TG G U 3 4 5
0002Laboratory work1.0TG U G#
0003Assignments2.5TG U 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.