Undergraduate course

Mass Transfer and Phase Equilibrium

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codePTEK203
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish. Norwegian if only Norwegian students attend.
  • Resources

Teaching semester

Last teaching semester was spring 2019. Please notice that the course will arrange exam for student with approved assignments if enough students enrol spring semester 2020. Please contact student advisor if you want to take exam spring semester 2020.

Objectives and Content




The course will cover the fundamental principles of mass transfer processes and phase equilibrium. These principles are applied to the design of equipment for distillation (binary systems as well as multi-component mixtures), extraction, absorption, desorption, drying, crystallisation and membrane technology. Approaches range from simple graphical solutions to the use of process simulation software.

Learning Outcomes


The student should understand

  • the laws of thermodynamics
  • the principles for conservation of mass and energy
  • simple models for molecular transport in fluids (diffusion)
  • principles of phase transitions between fluids and fluids and solid phase

General competence

The student should have achieved

  • .a basis for deepening into more complex industrial systems
  • A level of technical communication which is sufficient to communicate with experts even if the students do not continue in the field of the course

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

Knowledge of chemical thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Access to the Course

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



Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

The teaching method is

Lectures/ 4 hours per week

Tutorials/2 hours per week

Project/10 hours

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

As part of the course there are 7 tutorials. 3 of these are related to the use of commercial software for process simulations. These three tutorials, as well as two of the other 4 tutorials, have to be approved in order to get exam from the course. The tutorials is valid for 7 semester.

Forms of Assessment

The forms of assessment are:.
  • Written examination (4 hours),

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

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

McCabe,Warren, Smith,Julian C., Harriot,Peter: Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering. 5th ed. 1993 McGraw-Hill, Inc. ISBN 0-07-112738-0

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality control system at UiB and the department.

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 Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and Department of Physics and Technology are administratively responsible for the course.


Contact Information

Contact information student adviser: studieveileder.ppt@ift.uib.no

Tlf: 55 58 28 64

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam. Candidates must check their room allocation on Studentweb 3 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    02.06.2020, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline