166.717 LCA in Process Systems Engineering
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022W, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

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

- understand the coceptual and computational aspects of life cycle assessment (LCA) from a process system engineering perspective.

- perform short-cut and detailed LCA studies and use relevant software.

- apply LCA in process systems at various scales (unit operations, production lines, plants, indutrial clusters, etc.) and stages of process design.

- recognise the computational and interpretation synergies with other types of assessment for process systems (e.g., technoeconomic assessment).

Subject of course

Definition of LCA methodology according to ISO standards (scope, system boundaries, inventory analysis, impact assessment and results interpretation).

Basic and refined models of inventory analysis including aspects of:

- cradle-to-gate and cradle-to-grave analysis

- background and foreground reference systems

- multifunctionality and allocation

Advanced topics including aspects of:

- sequential and linear programming methods for inventory analysis

- relation with input-output analysis

- perturbation theory of the technology matrix and propagation of uncertainties

Exercises, using also LCA software

Teaching methods

The contents are taught through lectures, calculation examples (also with LCA software), analysis of LCA projects for various process systems and processing of various tasks and questions.

Mode of examination

Written and oral



Course dates

Fri10:00 - 12:0014.10.2022 - 20.01.2023Seminarraum BD 02C Lehrveranstaltung
Fri10:00 - 12:0003.02.2023Seminarraum BD 03 Prüfung
LCA in Process Systems Engineering - Single appointments
Fri14.10.202210:00 - 12:00Seminarraum BD 02C BC Seminarraum 2.Stock
Fri21.10.202210:00 - 12:00Seminarraum BD 02C Lehrveranstaltung
Fri04.11.202210:00 - 12:00Seminarraum BD 02C Lehrveranstaltung
Fri11.11.202210:00 - 12:00Seminarraum BD 02C Lehrveranstaltung
Fri18.11.202210:00 - 12:00Seminarraum BD 02C Lehrveranstaltung
Fri25.11.202210:00 - 12:00Seminarraum BD 02C Lehrveranstaltung
Fri02.12.202210:00 - 12:00Seminarraum BD 02C Lehrveranstaltung
Fri09.12.202210:00 - 12:00Seminarraum BD 02C Lehrveranstaltung
Fri16.12.202210:00 - 12:00Seminarraum BD 02C Lehrveranstaltung
Fri13.01.202310:00 - 12:00Seminarraum BD 02C Lehrveranstaltung
Fri20.01.202310:00 - 12:00Seminarraum BD 02C Prüfung
Fri03.02.202310:00 - 12:00Seminarraum BD 03 Prüfung

Examination modalities

Written (exercises at home during the course) and oral (one exam at the end of the course and one chance for repetition after the course).


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Fri - 17.01.2025oral11.10.2024 00:00 - 16.01.2025 00:00TISSMündliche Prüfung

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
01.09.2022 00:00 08.11.2022 00:00 30.11.2022 00:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 473 Chemical and Process Engineering Mandatory elective3. Semester


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