Course syllabus


KBT115 Advanced chemical reaction engineering lp2 HT19 (7.5 hp)

Course is offered by the department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Contact details

Examiner: Derek Creaser (

Instructor: Viktor Eriksson (

Course purpose

The course introduces principles for the design and operation of multiphase reactors as well as reactor operating stability, dynamics and possibilities for operation with multiple steady states.



Course literature

Various popular Chemical Reaction Engineering textbooks cover most of the topics in KBT115 to varying extents. However no book is considered mandatory for the the course.  Literature for the last topics in the course will be mainly based on handouts provided via Canvas. See 'Course Information' module for list of suggested literature.

Course design


There are 3 compulsory assignments dealing with each of the course topics that must all be satisfactorily completed to qualify for a passing grade in the course. Assignments can be submitted by groups of max 2 persons.


Students in groups of 3-4 will complete a project assignment dealing with a particular type of reactor or reactor process.  The project will involve the application of theory covered in the course to a certain process/reactor.  Projects will be presented in a written report as well as orally to the class. Projects must be satisfactorily completed to qualify for a passing grade in the course. Due date for Project report is 2019-12-20.


Satisfactory completion of the assignments, project and written exam are required to obtain a passing grade. The written exam will consist of a mandatory theory part as well as an optional part consisting or theory and/or calculation problems. A higher course grade can be obtained based on a better than average result on the written examination, which would require completion of the optional part of the written examination.  The date for the written exam is January 18, 2020.


Changes made since the last occasion

  • Brief section on fluidized bed reactors included in Multiphase-Fluid/Solid.
  • Project oral presentations scheduled earlier.
  • Two additional lectures for extra time for T2 and T3.
  • Consultation times.


Learning objectives and syllabus

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the situations in which multiple steady states are possible for operation of reactors
  • Analyze the stability of steady states and the dynamic behaviour of a reactor of importance for control
  • Understand the interaction of reaction kinetics and transport limitations for various types of multiphase reactions
  • Comprehend the simplifications and applications of engineering models for transport in multiphase reactors compared to more rigorous models
  • Design and analyze the operation of a multiphase reactor at varying levels of detail
  • Carry out and critically analyze results of computer simulations of multiphase catalytic reactors 

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