Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course student:

  1. Understands the basics of research and development (R&D) stage of chemical processes
  2. Can search information for market and carry out feasibility study
  3. Can draw process flow diagrams (PFD), piping and instrumentation (PI) and layout drawings 
  4. Can calculate material and energy balances and use of process simulation tools
  5. Can size the equipment, such as reactors, tanks, pumps, heat exchangers, pipes, control valves and solid handling
  6. Can select the appropriate construction materials
  7. Can understand energy savings and calculate heat integration by using pinch technology
  8. Can calculate process economics
  9. Can apply  environmental, health and safety (EHS) principles in design

Credits: 5

Schedule: 12.01.2021 - 14.04.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Marjatta Louhi-Kultanen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Marjatta Louhi-Kultanen, Golam Sarwar

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    1. Process R&D and design steps, process synthesis, process selection, evaluation of the process concept and comparison, information searching.
    2. Selection of process chemistry, conceptual design and feasibility study, process design. selection and dimensioning the reaction, separation etc. operations (reactor, tank, filter, centrifuge), heat exchangers, pumps, compressors and pipes.
    3. Drawing of flowsheets, process flow diagrams (PFD) and piping & instrumentation (PI) diagrams, layout drawings, basic controls of process, and selection of construction materials
    4. Process economics, investment and profitability
    5. Process heat integration, Pinch analysis
    6. Health safety and environment (HSE) and wastes
    7. Process simulation (recycle, VLE, LLE, flash)
    8. Process simulation (reactors)
    9. Process simulation (distillation, absorption, etc.)
    10. Process simulation (optimization of a process)


Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, exercises, home work, exam

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    5 cr = 135 h
    Lectures 24 h
    Exercises 24 h,
    2*Home assignments, group work and independent self studying,  82 h
    exam 5 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lecturing materials, calculation exercises, books

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CHEM-C2160 Yksikköoperaatiot

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    4 Quality Education

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action