BPE-10305 Process Engineering Basics


Credits 5.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Practical extensively supervised64
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. AJB van Boxtel
dr. ir. MH Vermuë
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. AJB van Boxtel
dr. ir. DE Martens
dr. ir. MH Vermuë
prof. dr. ir. RH Wijffels
dr. ir. ME Bruins
ing. EJ van den End
Examiner(s)dr. ir. AJB van Boxtel
dr. ir. MH Vermuë

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Mathematics 3


This course is the first in a series of process engineering courses. It introduces systematic design of production processes based on element, component and energy balances. These balances are used to design various systems, ranging from production of micro-organisms or plants, via equipment for conversion or separation, to a complete factory or 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. The course illustrates how process engineers can contribute to the development of sustainable production processes by analyzing process behaviour.

Learning outcomes:

The student will be able to:
- properly set up element balances, component balances and energy balances for various systems relevant to biotechnology and agrotechnology; this means that the student can formulate mathematical expressions for accumulation, convective transport and (bio)chemical conversion rates required in a balance;
- choose appropriate balances for design problems;
- choose appropriate system boundaries for these balances;
- determine the number of (balance) equations required to solve design questions;
- use phase equilibria in balances for separation processes;
- use given conversion rates or simple kinetic models in balances for conversion processes.


- instruction lectures;
- solving of example problems;
- a case-study;
- writing a short design report;
- self study using lecture notes;
- written exam.


Individual assessment based on the case-study report (25%) and written exam (75%). Both marks must be <5.5.


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

Compulsory for: BBTBiotechnologyBSc6WD
BATBiosystems EngineeringBSc6WD