CHEM ENG 3033 - Separation Processes

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

An introduction to the principles and applications of diffusional separation processes involving gas-liquid, liquid-liquid and solid-liquid systems in equilibrium-stage and continuous-contact operations. Throughout emphasis is placed on problem solving and illustrative worked examples.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHEM ENG 3033
    Course Separation Processes
    Coordinating Unit School of Chemical Eng and Advanced Materials(Ina)
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible CHEM ENG 3005
    Assumed Knowledge CHEM ENG 2010
    Assessment assignments, test, final examination
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Adj/Associate Profes Kenneth Davey

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Calculate the number of stages required for multiple-stage separation operations such as distillation, liquid extraction, leaching and gas absorption
    2 Determine the height of continuous contact separator such as packed towers used for gas absorption/desorption and distillation
    3 Perform analysis and simulation of stage-wise and continuous-contact operations.

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   2.1   2.2   2.3   3.1   3.2   

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Reference Books

    Foust A S et al. Principles of Unit Operations 2nd Edn (John Wiley & Sons, NY)

    Geankoplis C J Transport Processes and Separation Process Principles (Includes Unit Operations) 4th Edn (Prentice Hall, NJ)

    King C J Separation Processes 2nd Edn (McGraw-Hill, NY)

    McCabe  W L et al. Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering 4th Edn (McGraw-Hill)

    Perry R H & Green D W 1997 Perry’s Chemical Engineers’ Handbook 7th Edn (McGraw-Hill, NY)

    Seader J D & Henley E J Separation Process Principles 2nd Edn (John Wiley & Sons, NY)

    Treybal R E Mass Transfer Operations 3rd Edn (McGraw-Hill)

    Online Learning
    A range of online resources will be provided via MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course is presented as a mix of lectures, tutorial assignments and mid-term test, group activities and presentations and a final examination.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Activity Contact Hours Workload Hours
    Lectures 22 44
    Assignments 22 44
    Mid-term Test 2 10
    TOTAL 46 98
    Learning Activities Summary
    Topic 1: Introduction to Separation Processes
    Unit operations, definitions, significance, methods, terminology

    Topic 2: Phase Equilibria
    Gibbs rule, equilibrium constant, separation factor, vapour-liquid (V-L), enthalpy-composition diagram, liquid-liquid (L-L), solid-liquid (S-L)

    Topic 3: Stage Operations
    Equilibrium stage calculations (single stage, counter-current multistage operations with and without reflux), Simplified stage methods, ChemSOF software

    Topic 4: Continuous Contact Operations
    Introduction, Mass transfer theory, Height of packing (development of design equations), Transfer units (concept and calculations), Simplified contact methods

  • Assessment

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    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Tutorials/Assignments 20 Group Summative Weeks 2-12 Min 40% 1. 2. 3.
    Mid-term Test 10 Individual Summative Week 7 Min 40% 1. 2.
    Exam 70 Individual Summative Week 13- 1. 2. 3.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
    This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.
    Assessment Detail

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

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    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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