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 the student:

  • Understands the process dynamics and nonlinearities of typical chemical processes and coupling between physical phenomena
  • Can model chemical processes and carry out model based analysis
  • Can solve mechanistic process models using appropriate numerical techniques

Credits: 5

Schedule: 02.09.2024 - 19.02.2025

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Ville Alopaeus, Kaj Jakobsson, Juha-Pekka Pokki

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    • Dynamical process modeling with material and energy balances
    • Effect of rate models (mass and heat transfer, reaction rates) on modeling
    • Specific topics in mass transfer: multicomponent mass transfer, non-conventional driving forces, population balances
    • Numerical methods to solve typical mechanistic models in chemical engineering including algebraic, ordinary and partial differential equations. Reactor and unsteady heat transfer modeling examples.
    • Implementation of the models and numerical methods using Matlab/Simulink
    • Homework assignment: Numeric Solving of differential equations; first principle modelling of process units

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Exercises at computer class
    Home assignments
    Independent study and exam

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures 16 h
    Exercises 40 h
    Home assignments 30 h
    Pre-exam 15 h
    Other independent study 33 h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lecture notes, excercise material, hand-outs

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language: English

    Teaching Period: 2024-2025 Autumn I
    2025-2026 Autumn I


    A course implementation may be cancelled if the number of students enrolled to the course implementation does not meet the required minimum of five students. In the case of cancelled course implementations, the students enrolled to them must be provided with an alternative way of completing the course or be advised to take some other applicable course.