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CHE3165 - Separation processes

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Engineering

Leader(s): B Ladewig


Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2009 (Day)


A comprehensive treatment of the fundamentals of separation processes of interest to the chemical industry is covered. The fundamental principles of mass transfer are reviewed and extended to include principles of interfacial mass transfer and simultaneous heat and mass transfer. General mass and energy balances are derived for equilibrium staged processes. The applications of these principles are made to the unit operations of distillation (binary and multi-component), liquid-liquid extraction, gas-liquid absorption and stripping, condensation of multi-component systems, humidification and drying, adsorption and ion-exchange, and membrane separation processes.


  1. Understand the analysis of general equilibrium stage processes (co- and countercurrent)
  2. Understand the principles underlying the operation of a range of separation processes
  3. Understand how to analyse the operation and performance of a range of separation processes and unit operations
  4. Develop skills in solving engineering problems related to design and operation of separation processes and unit operations
  5. Develop experimental skills in operating and analysing the performance of separation unit operations
  6. Illustrate through laboratory exercises the practical applications of the knowledge gained in separation processes.


Assignments/tests: 15%
Laboratory: 15%
Examination: 70%
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component. Students faiing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 44% in the unit.

Contact hours

2 hours lectures, 2 hours practice sessions, 2 hours laboratories and 6 hours of private study per week


CHE2162, CHE2163



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