What is this course all about?
During this course, student teams plan and carry out wood fractionation experiments in the laboratory. The results of the fractionation experiments are used as guidelines for planning changes in industrial processes of pulp mills, transforming them into multiproduct forest biorefineries. The course is structured to be a research project commissioned by a big pulp and paper company, which is willing to increase its product portfolio through modifying its mills' production processes. In addition to producing the end products with the wanted specifications, the student teams are responsible of providing justified evaluation on the economical and technical feasibility of the suggested processes.
In addition to learning biomass fractionation in practice, another important topic throughout the course is group-work skills. Therefore, in addition of working in the classes and laboratories of Forest Products Technology department, teaching partially takes place in Aalto Design Factory (ADF).
Mr. Kyösti Ruuttunen is the responsible teacher of the course. Ms. Maria Clavert (from ADF) is in charge of integrating the teaching on group-work skills to the course. Lab exercises are mostly instructed by Ph.D. students from the Department of Forest Products Technology (to be identified later).
Schedule and workload
The first teaching sessions, on Thursdays 14th and 21st of January, will take place in Aalto Design Factory (Studio), 1-3 PM. The schedule of other sessions will be announced later here in MyCourses.
The course is taught during periods III-V (total workload = 5 cr * 27 h/cr = 135 h):
Period III (4/1 - 15/2; workload 35 h)
- Kick-off: forming the groups and starting learning on the group-work skills; getting acquainted with each other and with the subject. (4 h)
- Fundamentals of Integrated Forest Biorefineries (IFBRs). (6 h)
- Self-studying, other activities (possible excursion, group work, presentations, peer evaluation...). (25 h)
Period IV (22/2 - 4/4; 80 h)
- Fractionation exercise in the laboratory. (60 h)
- Report writing, instructing sessions, exercises, etc. (20 h)
Period V (11/4 - 28/5; 20 h)
- Presenting the results, peer evaluation, and finalizing the report. (20 h)
The official course description with additional information can be found in Oodi.