Fundamental Chemical Engineering and Thermodynamics


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module adds to the knowledge obtained in General Chemistry

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


Students who have passed the module should be able to

  • explain basic process engineering concepts, including systems, system boundaries, process types, process units and process variables
  • explain the concepts energy, energy transfer and power
  • explain the system of preparation and calculation of balance equations
  • explain the main theorems of thermodynamics
  • explain ideal gases
  • explain heat, work and internal energy
  • explain thermodynamic material properties
  • explain the Boltzmann distribution
  • explain entropy
  • explain enthalpy and be able to define standard enthalpy changes in physical processes and chemical reactions
  • explain Gibbs free energy, phase equilibria for pure substances and phase diagrams
  • explain chemical potential and thermodynamic equilibrium for chemical reactions


  • read process diagrams
  • make a relevant demarcation and / or breakdown of a given technical, chemical or biological process and draw block and process diagrams
  • convert between units
  • establish and resolve mass balances for stationary non-reactive systems and reactive systems
  • count on ideal gases and ideal gas mixtures
  • estimate the compressibility factor of a real gas under given process conditions
  • use phase diagrams and vapour tables
  • carry out thermochemical calculations
  • calculate equilibrium ratios based on thermodynamic data
  • establish and resolve energy balances


  • apply thermodynamic theory and process engineering methods to understand, describe and solve problems in subject areas such as analytical chemistry, materials science, separation technology, chemical reaction technique and process design

Type of instruction

Lectures as well as theoretical and practical exercises

Extent and expected workload

150 hours



Name of examFundamental Chemical Engineering and Thermodynamics
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleGrundlæggende kemisk procesteknik og termodynamik
Module codeK-KT-D2-2
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionDanish and English
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Esbjerg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerBachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering (Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology)
Study BoardStudy Board of Chemistry and Bioscience
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science