Process Simulation (PET555)

Process Simulation is to predict the output streams from an industrial processing facility, when input streams, energy exchange issues, design- and operational parameters are set. A simulation may represent the analysis stage of a wider, iterative design endeavour.

This course addresses the theory and implementation of the calculation methods involved, as well as the use of commercial process simulation software.

Course description for study year 2024-2025


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NB! This is an elective course and may be cancelled if fewer than 10 students are enrolled by January 20th for the spring semester.

  • Introduction to software
  • Thermodynamic relations, equations of state, mixing rules, multi-component flash calculation.
  • Specialized methods for two-component systems.
  • Numerical solution techniques and implementation strategies.
  • Analysis and construction of flow sheets.
  • Semester assignment.

Learning outcome

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Combine the mathematical expressions that relate the principles of thermodynamics with material models (e.g. equations of state), to produce the sets of equations that link properties of process fluids to their chemical composition.
  2. Apply numerical methods, construct algorithms, and implement computer codes required to solve these sets of equations.
  3. Prepare various technical information to go as input values to process simulations.
  4. Build a simple process simulation model using programming tools, such as Matlab or Python.
  5. Build a more advanced process simulation model using commercial software, such as Unisim.
  6. Address a specific problem description using available tools, and prepare a report discussing the result.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Semester assignment and written exam

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Semester assignment 1/3 Letter grades
Written exam 2/3 4 Hours Letter grades

The final grade is based on the written exam (1/1).Passing the semester assignment is required to gain access to the exam.Resit exam will be arranged the following semester, according to normal UiS procedures. Resubmission of the semester assignment will be possible.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Runar Bøe

Head of Department:

Øystein Arild

Method of work

Lectures, exercises, semester assignment, self-tuition

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Natural Gas Processing and Transportation (PET550_1) 10

Open for

Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology
Petroleum Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme
Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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