78652 - Laboratory of Thermodinamic Simulation

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Affordable and clean energy Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student has skills on the selection of thermodynamic models for process simulation and on the thermodynamic analysis of processes.

Course contents

The laboratory of thermodynamic simulation will focus on the following topics:

- Brief introduction of the different modeling approaches for the study of pure components and mixture properties: the equation of state approach and the models for the estimation of activity coefficients of different compounds in mixtures.

- Implementation of simple models in Excel and application for the prediction pure components and binary mixtures properties in different experimental conditions.

- Description of the different models available in commercial software for process simulation (HYSYS), introduction to the criteria for their choice as a function of the type of process a considered and application for the solution of simple thermodynamics problems involving multicomponent mixtures.


No particular text are suggested for the laboratory, however general thermodynamics textbooks such as:

S. I. Sandler, "Chemical and Engineering Thermodynamics " 3rd Edition, Wiley and Sons (1999)

J. M. Smith, H. C. Van Ness, Michael M. Abbott – “Introduction To Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics” (7th Edition) McGraw-Hill Education, 2005

can be an useful help in approaching the course. In addition, for further reference, the student can also consider books such as:

R. C. Reid, J. M. Prausnitz, and B. E. Poling, “The Properties of Gases and Liquids", McGraw-Hill, New York, 1987.

J. M. Prausnitz, R. N. Lichtenthaler, E. G. de Azevedo, Molecular Thermodynamics of Fluid-Phase Equilibria 3rd Edition Prentice Hall, New Jersey, 1999.

Which particularly focus on thermodynamic models. The user manuals of the different softwares used during the laboratory will also be an useful support during practical experience.

Teaching methods

The course will be carried out through short introductory lessons followed by the execution of computer based exercises focused on model implementation and application to describe different type of experimental data and to solve simple thermodynamic problems.

Assessment methods

The assessment is based on the discussion of the results obtained for the different problem considered during lessons.

Prior to this discussion a report has to be prepared by students, containing:

a) the solution procedure of the excercise with particular focus on the implementation on the different softwares

b) the presentation and a critical discussion of the different results obtained for the different exercise.

The report must be submitted to the professor together with a copy of the files used for the resolution at least one week before the date for the discussion. Incomplete or erroneous reports will not be accepted.

Student has to be present to at least 80% of the total laboratory classes in order ot be eligible for passing the exam.

Teaching tools

Slides of the differen lessons will uploaded to insegnamenti online (https://iol.unibo.it/) before the beginning of the course.

Office hours

See the website of Marco Giacinti Baschetti