BCT-10805 Process Engineering Basics

Code last year: (BPE-10305)


Credits 5.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)T Haasterecht
Lecturer(s)T Haasterecht
Examiner(s)T Haasterecht

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

MAT-15003 Mathematics 3.

Continuation courses:

BCT-22803 Physical Transport Phenomena; BCT-20306 Modelling Dynamic Systems


In this course, the basics of design of production and transfer processes relevant for agrotechnology are introduced. The design of the required equipment and the design of an entire process chain will be based on element, component and energy balances. These balances are used to design various processes, ranging from design of processes for conversion or separation of bio-based materials and of processes in which energy is produced or needs to be supplied,  to the design of a complete factory or an agricultural production system. The emphasis in this course is on the analysis of relatively simple design problems; optimization of the design and analysis of more complex problems are taught in later courses. An equilibrium approach will be used to evaluate individual separation processes and an entire process design. The course illustrates how process engineering can be used to contribute to the development of sustainable production processes.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- analyse processes that are relevant for agrotechnology and involve either heat exchange, mass- or energy production or transfer;
- set up element balances, component balances and energy balances to mathematically describe what goes on in the given process;
- apply stoichiometry and use an equilibrium approach in balances to evaluate the feasibility of individual process steps and to evaluate an entire process chain;
- apply simplified mathematical models for heat transfer to describe and design heat-exchange processes;
- apply simplified mathematical kinetic models in balances to describe and design conversion processes.


- instruction lectures;
- solving of example problems;
- working on a practical case study on design of an entire process chain;
- writing a report on the practical case study;
- self study;
- written exam.


Individual assessment based on:
- the case-study report (25%);
- written exam (75%).
Both marks must be at least 5.5.


Study guide and lecture notes are available on the first day of the course.

Compulsory for: BATBiosystems EngineeringBSc6MO