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Postgraduate course

Thermodynamic techniques for separation technology

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codePTEK231
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish. Norwegian if only Norwegian students attend.
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ECTS Credits


Teaching semester


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

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

Basic process technology, Calculus I.

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 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)

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

The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and January 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.

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.


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.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam