166.198 Applied modelling in process engineering and energy technology
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023S, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to...

1. formulate mass balances for different types of steady state processes efficiently,

2. formulate the energy balance based on conventional enthalpy,

3. access thermodynamic property data from open sources,

4. formulate chemical equilibrium conditions and the concept of quantification of equilibrium approach,

5. apply basic principles for the formulation of chemical kinetics respecting thermodynamic requirements, and

6. base their judgement on own experience in model implementation.

Subject of course

A general approach towards the formulation of mathematical models is presented. Ideally, modelling proceeds from a system level towards a more and more detailed description of the subject. In this respect, mass and energy balances are formulated first followed by description of chemical equilibrium formulations, chemical kinetics and mass transfer phenomena, one after another. Real life examples illustrate the different "levels" of modelling. It is important to notice that every step of adding details to the model must be justified by both the problem definition and the available information about the physical phenomena. The lecture further provides an overview on available software tools. It shows the implementation of basic numerical tools in general programming environments.

What to expect:

Decision background: What type of model to use for what type of problem

Abstraction: How to formulate efficient and robust mathematical models

Basic numerics: How to solve the model equations in self-made simulation structures

Application-basis: Numerous examples and voluntary exercises included for illustration

Teaching methods

Lecture-type course with interactive elements

The lecture follows the available lecture notes including many practical modelling examples.

The students are encouraged to contribnute own modelling exercises and share their experience with the class.

Mode of examination


Additional information

The lecture addresses master and PhD students in the field of chemical technology, process engineering and mechanical engineering/energy technology.



Course dates

Tue13:30 - 17:0007.03.2023 - 23.05.2023Seminarraum Lehar 02 Course Session
Applied modelling in process engineering and energy technology - Single appointments
Tue07.03.202313:30 - 17:00Seminarraum Lehar 02 Course Session
Tue14.03.202313:30 - 17:00Seminarraum Lehar 02 Course Session
Tue21.03.202313:30 - 17:00Seminarraum Lehar 02 Course Session
Tue28.03.202313:30 - 17:00Seminarraum Lehar 02 Course Session
Tue25.04.202313:30 - 17:00Seminarraum Lehar 02 Course Session
Tue02.05.202313:30 - 17:00Seminarraum Lehar 02 Course Session
Tue09.05.202313:30 - 17:00Seminarraum Lehar 02 Course Session
Tue16.05.202313:30 - 17:00Seminarraum Lehar 02 Course Session
Tue23.05.202313:30 - 17:00Seminarraum Lehar 02 Course Session
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

Oral exam, email-appointment

The students can collect credits for the exam by presenting own exercises during the coure lessions.

Course registration

Not necessary


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 473 Chemical and Process Engineering for Sustainable Production Mandatory elective
066 652 Green Chemistry Not specified


Lecture notes for this course are available. The lecture notes are provided for download. Useful literature is refereced in the lecture notes.

Previous knowledge

Fundamentals of thermodynamics recommended