166.718 Systematic Methods in Process Design
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022W, VU, 3.0h, 4.0EC


  • Semester hours: 3.0
  • Credits: 4.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to:

- understand the conceptional and computational aspects of the systematic methods in process design.

- apply heuristics together with graphical and analytical methods to develop optimal designs.

- systematically deal with process systems of diverse scale and complexity (unit operations, production lines and plants, industrial clusters etc.).

Subject of course

  • Process Synthesis and Analysis: Formulation of the design problem and its hierarchival structure, continuous vs. batch operation, retrofit- vs grassrootdesign, the role of modelling, sumulation and flowsheeting, decomposition/aggregation of process systems and their modelling, examples of "unit operation" models (e.g., flash, distillation, reactors,...)
  • Process Assessment: Sizing and cost analysis, environmental aspects (e.g., LCA, SHE hazard- and risk-analysis), flexibility analysis
  • Process Integration: Heat-, Heant and Power-, Mass-integration and design of the correspnding networks (HEN and MEN design)
  • Reactor networks: Introduction in graphical methods
  • Distillation ”Sequencing”  and Integration
  • Batch Processes: Examples of batch operation for "unti operations" (e.g., reactors, distillation, crystallisation, filtrationBeispiele von Batchbetrieb für Reaktoren, Destillation, Kristallisation, Filtration, „Multiproduct and Multipurpose“ plants, and „Scheduling“ concepts

Teaching methods

The contents are taught through lectures, calculation examples and processing of various tasks and questions.

Mode of examination




Course dates

Wed09:00 - 12:0012.10.2022 - 25.01.2023Seminarraum 363 Lehrveranstaltung
Wed09:00 - 12:0021.12.2022 https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/96151524878?pwd=VFc4a2p4RmJ5RnZmbEl3Sm9VZnpiZz09 (LIVE)Vorlesung
Systematic Methods in Process Design - Single appointments
Wed12.10.202209:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 363 Lehrveranstaltung
Wed19.10.202209:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 363 Lehrveranstaltung
Wed09.11.202209:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 363 Lehrveranstaltung
Wed23.11.202209:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 363 Lehrveranstaltung
Wed30.11.202209:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 363 Lehrveranstaltung
Wed07.12.202209:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 363 Test-1
Wed14.12.202209:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 363 Lehrveranstaltung
Wed21.12.202209:00 - 12:00 https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/96151524878?pwd=VFc4a2p4RmJ5RnZmbEl3Sm9VZnpiZz09Vorlesung
Wed11.01.202309:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 363 Lehrveranstaltung
Wed18.01.202309:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 363 Lehrveranstaltung
Wed25.01.202309:00 - 12:00Seminarraum 363 Test-2

Examination modalities

Written through exercises at home during the course, one exam in the middle and one at the end of the course, and one chance for repetition after the course.


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Wed - 06.12.2023written30.09.2023 00:00 - 04.12.2023 00:00TISSPrüfung 1
Wed - 24.01.2024written30.09.2023 00:00 - 22.01.2024 00:00TISSPrüfung 2
Wed09:00 - 12:0021.02.2024GM 7 Kleiner Schiffbau written24.01.2024 00:00 - 20.02.2024 15:00TISSErsatzprüfung

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
01.09.2022 00:00 21.10.2022 00:00 31.10.2022 00:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 473 Chemical and Process Engineering Mandatory elective


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

Basic knowledge of Process- or Chemical-engineering


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