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Processes for mass and energy transformation


Programme (detailed contents):

Introduction to the concept of process, the way of building it, constraints of the industrial production.

Representation and estimate of the cost of a process.  Description of some large production channels.

Critical analysis of a transformation channel of matter or energy, through a project in group.



Lectures and tutorials will be carried out in parallel with a project centered on a specific production, that the students will have to analyze in autonomy (research of the dies, principle and physics of the operations, writing of the total assessments, identification of the critical points of the process).


At the end of this module, the student will have understood and be able to explain (main concepts):


-            the principle of raw materials transformation processes (oil, coal, gas, ore, biomass), of organic and mineral heavy chemistry (refining, petrochemistry, NH3, H2SO4, Na2CO3, NaOH, Cl2, manure…) and of energy production (thermal, nuclear, biomass)

-            the principle of the diagrammatic representation of a process (flowsheet) and associated graphics

-            the principles of cost estimation of a process

-            the industrial context of the sector



The student will be able to:

-       describe a production system

-       read, interpret, propose an installation flowsheet

-       to write global balances on a process in order to calculate matter and energy flows

-       identify of information fluxes

-       make an critical analysis of a process

-       estimate the cost of a process

-       know to work in autonomy starting from a schedule of conditionsto find and analyze scientific documentation.

Needed prerequisite


Mineral and organic chemistry, biochemistry


Chemical kinetics, reactors

Unit operations of chemical engineering



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...

Additional information

Industrial processes, flowsheet, mass and energy balances