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Reactor Design & Flow Assurance


Program (detailed contents):


Development of conservation equations for mass, momentum, species transport and energy by phase-averaging to describe locally multiphase systems.

Establishment and modelling of 3D, 2D, 1D and 0D multiphase systems.

Flow regimes in multiphase system (bubble column, airlift, gas-liquid transport, liquid-liquid flows…)

Closure relations (isolated, diluted, dense swarm), coupling and interactions between entities (population balance and exchange term).

Deep use of existing simulation tool in function of the physical scales, limited phenomena and coupling effects (Excel, Matlab, Ansys, Comsol). Tools benchmarking.



* Face to face lectures

* Academic and tutorials exercises of engineering (agitated and aerated tank, ozonation tower, airlift bioreactor, crystallisation column, multiphase transport in pipe and micro-reactor, liquid-liquid settler…). Cookbooks with recipes and tutorials.

* Industrial and numerical work project with partnership and evolving in an engineer training period. Serious games on a virtual industrial reactor.

* Practical works on instrumented pilot scale (multiphase process with coupling: oxidation in an airlift, agitated tank…)

* Invited conferences of industrial partners


Programme (detailed contents):

  • Process control and regulation (classical control, advanced control)
  • Modelling and simulation of dynamic systems
  • Single-objective optimization
  • Applied optimization (multi-objective, evolutionary algorithms, advanced optimization)



  • Big pictures + Jigsaw
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Project


During the project, the following tasks will be pursued:

  • WWTP Modelling via Matlab
  • WWTP single-objective optimization via Golden number method
  • Regulation of WWTP in the dynamic regime via Simulink
  • A serious game on process control
  • Optimization of coupled WWTP-cogeneration (renewable energy production)


All above-mentioned items are provided in English. I5PECS11 is an English training unit (EMINSA project 2016).

Needed prerequisite

Modelling and numerical solution for fluid mechanics
Thermal transfer and reactors
Basic concepts for OPU
Technology and design of OPU
Processes simulation and analysis

Form of assessment

The evaluation of outcome prior learning is made as a continuous training during the semester. According ot the teaching, the assessment will be different: as a written exam, an oral exam, a record, a written report, peers review...