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CODE 90665
SEMESTER 2° Semester
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The course aims at introducing students to the experimental approach to Chemical Engineering processes and equipment and is divided into:

- theoretical lessons, providing practical aspects related to the design of experiments, elaboration of experimental data on excel,  interpretation and communication of experimental results;

- laboratory experiences, during which students will be able implement the theoretical notions acquired, learn how to set up and safely manage an experiment, and translate the experimental data obtained into useful information for solving typical problems of Chemical Engineering.



The module aims to offer students basic notions to perform experiments on  determination of the chemical-physical properties of materials and on the evaluation of the operating parameters of the main unit operations.



The course aims to describe and show through lab scale experiments some of the unit operations used in the main processes of chemical industry. Students will also acquire the fundamentals to correctly design experiments and to elaborate a critical evaluation of the results.

At the end of the course, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • write laboratory reports on the practical experiences performed during the course;
  • communicate effectively in writing and orally as a fuction of the specific context;
  • design, set up ,handle, and supervise easy experiments using lab-scale systems;
  • show problem solving and team working ability;
  • obtain significant measures using the most appropriate technique for the evaluation of the experiments;
  • understand and contextualize experimental data, elaborate and  evaluate available information;
  • apply safety and good laboratory practices.




The course consists of practical experiences in the laboratories where students can participate in the proposed experimental activities (32 h) and lectures held in classroom, with the aid of slides, aimed at preparing the calculation tools for the proper performing of the laboratory experiments (18 hours). Students will work on team, in order to acquire transversal skills in terms of independent judgment and cooperation during laboratory experiences, when they will be required to evaluate available information and work synergically to find missing data, solve problems, communicate effectively, transform insights into actions.

As part of the innovation learning project adopted by the Bachelor Degree Course in Chemical and Process Engineering, novel tools will be used for the active learning of students. The goal is to increase students' skills via interactive, experience-based, learning methodologies (e-learning, teamwork, etc.) for enhanced student participation, using an advanced level of communication that makes the student more aware and autonomous.

Working students and students with SLD certification, disability or other special educational needs are advised to contact the teacher at the beginning of the course to agree on teaching and examination methods that, in compliance with the teaching objectives, take into account individual learning modalities.

Students who have valid certification of physical or learning disabilities on file with the University and who wish to discuss possible accommodations or other circumstances regarding lectures, coursework and exams, should speak both with the instructor and with
Professor Federico Scarpa (  ), the Polytechnic School's disability liaison.


The syllabus of the course consists of:

  • introduction to the good laboratory practices and safety in chemical laboratories;
  • fundamentals of statistics for the elaboration, representation and interpretation of experimental data and theoretical fundamentals about the main measuring instruments;
  • description of the laboratory experiences that will be performed with references to the theory for the preparation of experimental tests (sieving, image analysis, distillation columns, definition of hypotheses, preliminary data collection and setting of mass and energy balance);
  • experiments on sieving and image analysis for particle size distribution determination;
  • experiments on the application of mass balance in stirred tank and related analytical measurements;
  • experiments on the application of energy balance for the heating of vessel;
  • start-up and management of a lab-scale distillation column. 

The course contributes to the achievement of the following Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda:

Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.


All the material shown during the lessons will be provided to the students. In general, the notes of each lesson and the slides are sufficient to study and to have success in examinations.

For further information and insights, the following texts are suggested:

  • Green Don W., Perry Robert H. Perry’s chemical engineers’ handbook. McGraw Hill (2007).
  • Stewart, Warren E., Edwin N. Lightfoot, and R. Byron Bird. Transport phenomena. J. Wiley, 1962.
  • Mc Cabe, Warren L., Julian C. Smith, and Peter Harriott. Unit operation of chemical engineering. McGraw-Hill (2018).
  • Foust, A. S., Wenzel, L. A., Clump, C. W., Maus, L., & Andersen, L. B. I principi delle operazioni unitarie. Casa editrice Ambrosiana (1967). 





Lessons will start on second semester, according to the Polytechnique School’s program.

Class schedule

The timetable for this course is available here: Portale EasyAcademy



The exam consists in the production of a laboratory report for each student on one of the experiences carried out in the laboratory and in an interview on the contents of the laboratory experiences and the topics covered during the course. The report and all files containing the calculations/elaborations should be sent to the teacher by mail ( one week before the oral exam.

There will be 3 exam dates during the winter session and 4 exam dates during the summer session.


Student’s preparation will be ascertained by a written and oral exam. The former, will be useful to evaluate the student’s skills in writing scientific reports, in communicate effectively in written form scientific content, while the second will give information on the student knowledge of the topics of the course. Moreover, the quality in the exposition of the topics, the correct use of technical terminology and critical reasoning ability will be also evaluated.


During the practical laboratory lessons, students will be divided into groups. The frequency is strongly recommended and will be verified for the laboratory activities ( 70% of laboratory exercitations is needed to pass the exam).  

For specific needs, students are invited to contact the teacher before starting the course. Working students and students with SLD certification, disability or other special educational needs are advised to contact the teacher at the beginning of the course to agree on teaching and examination methods that, in compliance with the teaching objectives, take into account individual learning modalities.

During practical experiences into the laboratories, student must have their own cotton lab coat, while the personal protective equipment will be provided by the laboratory.

Agenda 2030 - Sustainable Development Goals

Agenda 2030 - Sustainable Development Goals
Good health and well being
Good health and well being
Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Responbile consumption and production
Responbile consumption and production


 PRO3 - Soft skills - Creazione progettuale base 1 - A
PRO3 - Soft skills - Creazione progettuale base 1 - A
 PRO3 - Soft skills - Alfabetica avanzato 1 - A
PRO3 - Soft skills - Alfabetica avanzato 1 - A