CHME303 – Separation Processes

Course description

Separation Processes a core subject in chemical engineering education. It provides fundamental knowledge in operation and designing of several processes used for separation of gases, liquids and solids from mixtures. Separation Processes course cover the fundamentals of mass transfer operations, i.e. equilibrium-stage and rate (diffusional) processes that involve liquid, gaseous and solid phases as well as the principles of mechanical processes. Topics include continuous distillation, adsorption/ion exchange, solid-liquid extraction, liquid-liquid extraction and selected mechanical separation processes as filtration and clarification/sedimentation. Computer labs and laboratory experiments compliment the lectures part of the course.

Course Pre-Requisites: CHME200, CHME201

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop a critical approach toward understanding mass transfer and mechanical separations.
  2. Understand the governing equations in separation processes.
  3. Perform binary and multicomponent flash calculations.
  4. Design, analysis and simulation of continuous distillation with reflux (rectification).
  5. Principles of continuous adsorption & ion exchange processes and fundamental analysis of solid- and liquid-liquid extraction.

Course Outline

In this course students will learn about: binary VLE thermodynamics; flash distillations; continuous distillations with reflux; gas adsorption; adsorption and ion exchange; solid-liquid extraction; and principles of mechanical separation processes.