Chemical Thermodynamics and Process Optimisation


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module is based on knowledge achieved in the modules Fundamental energy system physics and topology, Thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid dynamics and Modelling of thermal systems or similar.

Learning objectives


  • Have knowledge about methods for determining thermal and calorimetric properties for pure fluids and mixtures as well as the calculation of chemical equilibrium for applications such as green fuels and carbon capture and utilization technologies
  • Have knowledge about the interaction between chemical thermodynamics and combustion processes
  • Have knowledge about fundamental digital methods for optimization of thermal and chemical energy systems using process integration


  • Be able to understand and use the thermal property relations for pure fluids, multiphase systems and general mixtures
  • Be able to determine chemical equilibrium
  • Be able to conduct multiphase calculations for pure fluids on one or multiple phases and gas-/liquid mixtures
  • Be able to conduct general psychrometric calculations; such as processes with humid air
  • Be able to use the fundamental chemical thermodynamics in the calculation of chemical reactions related to stoichiometric and non-stoichiometric combustion
  • Be able to understand digital optimisation within thermal/chemical core processes, separation and recirculation systems and heat exchanger networks
  • Be able to design optimum supply systems for the operation of thermal- and chemical processes
  • Be able to use fundamental digital process integration methods on thermal and chemical systems


  • Have the ability to use the topic interdisciplinary with other topics
  • Be able to evaluate the best digital method of analysis related to the determination of thermal and calorimetric properties for a given process
  • Be able to determine calorimetric conditions during combustion such as heating value and adiabatic flame temperature
  • Be able to interpret the result of digital process integration calculations on thermal energy systems

Type of instruction

Lectures supplemented with self-study and/or study circles and possibly E-learning via digital platforms.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course, the work load is expected to be 150 hours for the student.



Name of examChemical Thermodynamics and Process Optimisation
Type of exam
Oral exam
Permitted aids
With certain aids:
For more information about permitted aids, please visit the course description in Moodle.
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 titleKemisk termodynamik og procesoptimering
Module codeN-EN-B6-7C
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionDanish and English
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Esbjerg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Energy
DepartmentDepartment of Energy
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science