Department: Chemistry
Module: Chemical Process Modeling

Course description

Back Techniques de réaction 1

  • Objectives

    At the end of this course, students should be able to model the behavior of an ideal chemical reactor operating in batch or continuous mode, simulate it using the numerical tools provided (Excel or Matlab or Python) and visualize the various process variables (concentrations, volume, temperature) for a variety of operating conditions.

    In particular, students should be able to:

    • understand, explain and model the behavior of various ideal chemical reactors operating in isothermal mode.
    • describe the kinetics of a complex reaction scheme in such a way that it can be used without error in the material balance of a reactor.
    • write and solve material balances for each of the chemical reactors studied.
    • compare the advantages and disadvantages of the reaction techniques presented in different practical situations.
    • optimize the conduct of a chemical reaction by choosing the right reactor or arrangement of reactors.
  • Content

    The objective of the Reaction Technology 1 course is to discuss how to model and simulate the behavior of ideal chemical reactors, with a view to understanding, selecting, sizing and optimizing them.

    The course is structured as follows:

    • Introduction and definitions
    • Solving systems of differential equations using numerical tools (Excel, Python, Matlab)
    • Material balances on ideal isothermal reactors
    • Conversion, sizing and optimization of continuous reactors
    • Multiple reactions, selectivity and tubular membrane reactors

    The didactic model used in this course will be that of a flipped classroom. Students will be required to view and/or read the documentation distributed prior to the course, so as to be able to work effectively on the various projects and exercises solved in class. For a preliminary introduction to what a flipped classroom is, the following video explains the principle:

Type of teaching and workload

Lecture course (including exercises)
64 periods
Module exam
written (120 min.)

Course specification

Year of validity
3rd year
Language of instruction
Course type
Study program

Evaluation methods

  • Continuous assessment Written work,
  • Exam: written (120 min.)

Reference work

  • Fogler, H. S. (2020). Elements of chemical reaction engineering (6th ed.). Prentice Hall.

Intructor(s) and/or coordinator(s)

Thierry Chappuis