151-0224-00L  Fuel Synthesis Engineering

SemesterSpring Semester 2019
LecturersB. Bulfin
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


151-0224-00 VFuel Synthesis Engineering3 hrs
Thu13:15-16:00ETZ E 8 »
B. Bulfin

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AbstractThis course will cover the basics of chemical engineering and current and prospective chemical fuel technologies. It addresses both fossil and renewable resource technologies.
ObjectiveDevelop an understanding of physical chemistry and apply it some conventional and prospective renewable fuel synthesis and processing technologies.
ContentIntroduction to chemical equilibrium thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, catalysis, and the use of the chemical process modelling library cantera. Conventional fuel synthesis, refining and upgrading technologies. Renewable fuel synthesis technology outlook, covering various scenarios.
Lecture notesWill be available electronically.
LiteratureA) Physical Chemistry, A. Alberty and J. Silbey, B) Synthetic Fuels Handbook: Properties, Process and Performance, J.G. Speight, Ed McGraw Hill, 2008; C) Synthetic Fuels, R.F. Probstein and R.E. Hicks, Ed. Dover Publications, 2006; D) Fischer-Tropsch Refining, Arno de Klerk, Ed. Wiley-VCH, 2011; E) Modeling and Simulation of Catalytic Reactors for Petroleum Refining, J. Ancheyta, Ed. Wiley, 2011.
Prerequisites / NoticeAn understanding of chemistry and engineering is recommended. Experience with either Python or Matlab is also recommended.

Performance assessment

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersB. Bulfin
Typeend-of-semester examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is only offered at the end after the course unit. Repetition only possible after re-enrolling.
Additional information on mode of examinationThe course incorporates an optional “Learning task” (Lernelement) which can improve the total course unit grade by up to 0.25 grade points. This learning task will involve modelling of chemical processes using the open source software Cantera.

The class exam will take place on the final day of class and will be a written 120 min examination.

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