Thermodynamic techniques for separation technology

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content


That the students are trained up to the ability to systematically and analyttically develop proposals to new process plants that can meet defined demands for product qualities base don well defined multi-component incoming streams


On the basis of the laws of thermodynamics and the principles for conservation of mass and energy the students are trained to develop analytical methods for designing new process plants or optimizing existing process plants.which in fully or to a large degree is controlled by thermodynamic changes. Non-equilibrium thermodynamics is a key element in the course. The main unit operation which are parts of plants for processing oil and gas are used as examples. Each unit operation is described mathematically according to the combination of physical laws and conservation. Thermodynamic models for description of the various phases is also discussed. Flowsheet simulation software is used to model composite process plants. The methods developed in the course will also enable the students to analuze thermodynamically controlled processes in nature.


Laws of thermodynamics, conservation laws, non-equilibrium thermodynamics, thermodynamics modeling, flowsheet calculations

Learning Outcomes

 On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The students

  • Are able to analyze given separation problem defined by incoming streams and demanded product qualities towards optimum constellation of combined unit operations.
  • Can evaluate which routes of changes that are most efficient in terms of free energy development as constraint on mass transport between phases
  • Are able to use a flowsheet software code for solving out mass and energy flows in simulated models of real process plants



The students

  • Understands each of the thermodynac laws as well as combinations of these
  • Have the ability to apply the laws of thermodynamics together with conservation laws in order to find best routes of thermodynamic changes in order to meet desired product qualities.


General competence

The students

  • should have sufficient level to be able to analyze industrial as well as natural processes that implies transfer of mass and energy between phases

ECTS Credits


Semester of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Basic process technology, Calculus I.
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
PTEK231: 10 ECTS
Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to masterprogram the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching method is by

Lectures/ 4 hours per week

Tutorials/ 2 hours per week

Project/ 14 hours

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

At least 2/3 of the tutorials must be delivered and approven in order to get acces to exam. The project has to be among the approven.

Lectures and tutorials define pensum so the students are responsible to keep themselves updated on what is being lectured during lecture hours as well as tutorial hours.

Forms of Assessment
The forms of assessment are:
  • Written examination (4 hours)
Grading Scale
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Assessment Semester
Spring semester and autumn semester.
Reading List
The reading list will be available within July 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.
Course Evaluation
The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality control system at UiB and the department.
Examination Support Material

Basic calculator allowed in accordance with the regulations specified by the Faculty.

Approved calculator models include: Casio fx-82ES PLUS and Casio fx-82EX

Programme Committee
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the programme and courses.
Course Coordinator
Contact information for the course coordinator is available at «Mitt UiB», alternatively contact the student advisor.
Course Administrator
The Department of Physics and Technology by the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences are administratively responsible for the course.