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Scale up perspective on renewable processes

Scale up and material formation (Attendee work on examples from their own research/field)

Course content:

Successful process scale-up is critically important when taking an innovative idea and turning it into a commercial reality, while successful process scale-down is essential for troubleshooting or optimizing commercial processes.

The course will give lectures on pre-planning of pilot and large scale processes and the laws and permits that are needed for building a plant. From a chemical perspective the different stages and objectives of the scale-up flow from reaction vessel to plant will be discussed and an introduction to software’s for design of experiments, estimation of costs and mass balances will be given.

There will be group work on estimating cost for processes from review of data from small-scale experiments.

Learning objectives:

The student will be able to use flowsheeting as a tool to describe how energy conversion processes, separation processes and reaction technology affects the design of various process steps, and how the integration of these process steps to an optimized industrial process can be implemented. Also, the student will have insight into the different flowsheeting software options and when to apply these.

The student will after the course have a fundamental understanding of the interaction of engineering, economy, market and legislation (risk and environment) in connection with a plant-design project.

The student will, with flowsheeting, be able to make advanced models for material and energy balances in chemical engineering or biotechnological systems and be able to make use of flowsheeting tools to analyze and optimize chemical and biotechnological processes.

The student will be able to estimate the operating and capital costs of a plant, as well as perform an investment and sensitivity analysis of a plant-design project.

The student will be able to at the design stage optimize the integration of energy conversion processes with respect to energy efficiency and environmental impact, as well as discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the selected design.

Spring 2023 (preliminary )






Ola Wallberg, Christian Hulteberg, Mats Galbe


The course material consists of lecture presentations, book excerpts and reference material used at need: •Ulrich G. D. and Vasudevan, P. T.: Chemical Engineering, Process Design and Economics, A Practical Guide, Second Edition. Process Publishing, Durham, New Hampshire, 2004, ISBN: 0-9708768-2-3. Reference literature. •Shaeiwitz, J. A., Bhattacharyya D, Whiting, W.B.: Analysis, Synthesis, and Design of Chemical Processes, Fifth Edition. Prentice Hall, 2018, ISBN: 9780134177403. Reference literature. •Seider, W D, Seader, J D, Lewin, D R and Widagdo, S.: Product & Process Design Principles, Third Edition. John Wiley and Sons Inc, 2010, ISBN: 978-0-470-41441-5. Reference literature. •Branan C. R. (Ed.): Rules of Thumb for Chemical Engineers, A Manual of Quick, Accurate Solutions to Everyday Engineeriung Problems, Fourth Edition. Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2005, ISBN: 13:978-07506-7856-8. Reference literature. •Towler, G. and Sinnott, R.: Chemical Engineering Design, Principels, Practice and Economics of Plant and Process Design. Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2008, ISBN: 13; 978-0-7506-8423-1. Reference literature.



Course fee:

For Treesearch associated Ph.D-students and post-doc the course is free of charge. For persons from Industries associated to Treesearch the course cost is 5000:- SEK for one person, 9000:- (4500:-/person) SEK for two persons and 12000:- (4000:-/person) for three persons. For persons belonging to organizations not associated to Treesearch the cost is 21.300 SEK (not incl. VAT)

Course responsible:

Christian Hulteberg/Ola Wallberg

Maximum number of participants: 24

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