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First Semester 
Teaching style
Lingua Insegnamento

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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)


Knowledge and understanding of lab- and industrial-scale reactors, influence of operating conditions and contacting systems between phases for chemical and biological reactors, and how to take them into account during design or testing.

Knowledge and understanding of technical specifications for reactors, and the effects and relevance of main variables involved.

Applying knowledge and understanding to design/testing of pseudo- and homogenous reacting systems, to searching of optimal conditions for running the reacting process.

Making judgements on the effect of different design options, on the opportunity to apply process intensification techniques.

Communication and learning skills of the results and design options, writing technical or scientific reports according to international standards.


Chemical reaction engineering; Transport phenomena; Thermodynamics; Numerical Analysis.


Analysis of industrial reactors, ideal and not-ideal, homogenous and pseudo-homogeneous systems, with varying temperature and pressure. Analysis of the techniques to determine and taking into account of the non-ideal fluid-dynamics in industrial reactors.

Teaching Methods

The program divided in 2 sections (Lessons and Exercises) will be developed in 90 hours (45 hours devoted to Lessons and 45 hours to Exercises) with numerical solutions obtained also with commercial software (COMSOL Multiphysics).

Verification of learning

The final examination consists of an oral or written exam where specific design/test problems will be assigned.
The student will be asked to demonstrate his capability to write down the mathematical equations describing the system, with the required modeling details (i.e. balancing the level description of the different phenomena involved in a proper way), but also to extend to more complex description when a more detailed simulation is needed; the student will be asked to know and apply the simplifying assumptions typically adopted in a deterministic modeling of reactors, to communicate also in written forms the design options and test results of industrial reactors.
With regards to the written exam, the student will be asked to know how to reach a stable and robust numerical solution of the equation systems developed to describe the reacting process. During the course, the student will be asked to write technical reports on the exercises solved in the class, even working in group.
The student’s final grade will take into account his real, active participation to lessons and exercises (20%).


H. Scott Fogler, “Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering”, Prentice Hall, 1999; S. Carrà and M. Morbidelli, “Chimica Fisica Applicata”, Hoepli, 1983; O. Levenspiel, “Chemical Reaction Engineering”, 3rd Ed., John Wiley, 1999.

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