Course Syllabus for

Optimization of Process System
Optimering av processystem

KET115F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Spring 2018
Decided by: Margareta Sandahl
Date of establishment: 2018-04-25

General Information

Division: Chemical Engineering
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


Provide insight into how process engineering optimization problems are formulated and what solution methods can be used and the behaviour of the methods.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must be able to classify various optimization problems as well as explain which types of solution methods can be used.

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must use and compare basic methods of optimization theory to solve process engineering optimization problems, especially those methods available in common computing tools such as MATLAB and Python.

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must understand and reflect on how an optimization problem can be reformulated to another and show a deep insight into how optimization techniques can be used successfully in process engineering.

Course Contents

Optimization is a fundamental tool in all process engineering development, design and research. Optimization is called the process of developing as good a solution as possible based on a target function. This course is focused on two parts: 1) The requirements for correctly formulated optimization problems and the understanding of the characteristics of corresponding solution methods, 2) The technique and the ability to formulate and reformulate process engineering problems to optimization problems and solve them.

Course Literature

Dutta, D.: Optimization in Chemical Engineering. Cambridge, 2016.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, seminars, exercises, project

Examination Details

Examination format: Written assignments
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Admission requirements: Basic courses in transport phenomena, reaction and separation engineering or corresponding courses
Assumed prior knowledge: KETN01 Process Simulation

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