Chemical and Process Engineering

Major in Finnish: Prosessitekniikka

Code: CHEM3043
Extent: 60 cr + 4-5 cr
Professor in charge: Marjatta Louhi-Kultanen

The Chemical and Process Engineering major is based on a multi-scale perspective to underlying physical and chemical phenomena in chemical processes. It starts with molecular level origins of relevant phenomena, explains how processing unit level models and design practices emerge from them, and further considers integrated chemical plants and ultimately societal level effects. The emphasis is to educate engineers with a deep perspective on how natural sciences are applied with best engineering practices in Chemical Process Industries. The graduates of this major are capable of acting as chemical processing experts in various industries, are capable of evaluating designs and designing feasible and sustainable chemical processes with the help of modern tools.

Learning outcomes

Core scientific and engineering knowledge:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of transport phenomena (heat, mass and momentum transfer) in single and multiphase systems, and general knowledge of their molecular origin. Knowledge of mutual interactions of the relevant transport phenomena in chemical processes, and how processes should be designed to meet desired production capacity requirements and to ensure sustainable, energy and cost efficient processes.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of chemical kinetics and catalysis in various fields related to chemical process industries, such as in oil refining and petrochemicals, polymer reaction technology and biomaterial conversions. A general knowledge in the related fields, such as biocatalysis and metals production.
  • Knowledge about applied thermodynamics, phase equilibrium and physical property calculations, and their relation to conversion and separation process design.
  • Understand process dynamics, design process control, monitoring and automation systems and understand their connection to process design and integration.
  • Understand societal, economical, and environmental effects of process and plant design decisions and responsibilities related to Chemical Engineering discipline.

Core scientific and engineering skills (the students should be able to apply knowledge in these):

  • Study experimentally reactor and separation process performance, operate them safely and in a controlled manner, gather and analyze data and evaluate process unit performance. Understand connection between various processing steps from a chemical production point of view.
  • Model, analyze, design, and optimize chemical processes with the help of modern tools.
  • Act as a chemical engineering expert in multidisciplinary groups of experts designing economically feasible, safe and environmentally friendly chemical plants.

Content and structure

For the major (60 ECTS + 4-5 ECTS credits) the students have to take common and compulsory studies 4-5 cr + 35 cr and select five (5) specialisation courses 25 cr.

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Figure 4. Structure of Chemical and Process Engineering major

Table 7. Common compulsory courses (4-5 cr)

Code Name Credits Period/year
CHEM-E0100 Academic Learning Community 4-5 I-V / 1st

 

Table 8. Compulsory courses (35 cr)

Code Name Credits Period/year
CHEM-E7100 Engineering Thermodynamics, Separation Processes, part I 5 I / 1st

CHEM-E7120

Laboratory Project in Chemical Engineering

5

III-V / 1st

CHEM-E7130

Process Modeling

5

II / 1st

CHEM-E7140

Process Automation

5

I / 1st

CHEM-E7150

Reaction Engineering

5

II / 1st

CHEM-E7170

Design Project in Chemical Engineering, part A

5

IV-V / 1st

CHEM-E7180

Design Project in Chemical Engineering, part B

5

I-II / 2nd

 

Table 9. Specialisation courses (25 cr), choose five courses. Recommended "blocks":

Code Name Credits Period/year
Chemical Engineering:

CHEM-E7110

Engineering Thermodynamics, Separation Processes, part II 5

II / 1st

CHEM-E7115

Experimental Assignments in Chemical Engineering

5

I-II or III-V / 1st

CHEM-E7160

Fluid Flow in Process Units 5

IV-V / 1st

Reaction Engineering:

CHEM-E7115

Experimental Assignments in Chemical Engineering

5

I-II or III-V / 1st

CHEM-E7135

Reactor Design

5

III-IV / 1st or 2nd

CHEM-E1130

Catalysis

5

III-IV / 1st or 2nd

Polymer Engineering:

CHEM-E7115

Experimental Assignments in Chemical Engineering

5

I-II or III-V / 1st

CHEM-E2130 Polymer Properties 5 II / 1st

CHEM-E2145

Polymer Reaction Engineering

5

III-V / 1st

Plant Design:
CHEM-E7105 Process Development 5 I-II / 1st
CHEM-E7175 Process Safety and Sustainability 5 I-II / 1st
CHEM-E7185 Plant/Process Design and Business Management 5 III-V / 1st or 2nd
Process Systems Engineering:
CHEM-E7155 Production Planning and Control 5 II / 1st
CHEM-E7165 Advanced Process Control Methods 5 III / 1st or 2nd
CHEM-E7205 Process Automation and Information Systems: Applications 5 III-IV / 1st or 2nd

 

For the elective studies to accompany the major, it is highly recommended to take programming and computer science courses, especially for students specializing in process systems engineering.

Code Name Credits Period/year
ELEC-A7100 Basic Course in C Programming 5 III-V / 1st
ELEC-A7150 C++ Programming 5 I-II / 2nd
ELEC-C1220 Automation 2 5 III-V / 2nd

Recommendations for minor

The following minors given in Aalto University are recommended:

  • Biomass Refining
  • Chemistry
  • Sustainable Metals Processing

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