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CME3105 : Solids Handling

Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 3.0


To provide an understanding of solids separation and handling and the design of basic plant equipment e.g. dryers, crystallisers, filters, centrifuges, fluidised beds.
To provide an understanding of design methods for specific plant items.

Outline Of Syllabus

Definition of drying. Terminology of humidification. Wet bulb and adiabatic saturation temperatures. Application of psychometric charts. Dryer designs and their applications.
Crystallization: Definitions & fundamental concepts. Nucleation processes and models. Crystal growth: models and kinetics. Yield and mass balances. Heat effects. Design and selection of crystallizers.
Particle size measurement and distribution, G/S and L/S separation techniques, fluidisation and fluidised bed design, pressure drop across a packed and fluidised bed, minimum fluidisation and entrainment velocity calculations.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion16:006:00Exam revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyProject work18:008:00Preparation of essay (1000 words)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study116:3016:30Review lecture material, prepare for small group teaching
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures will introduce concepts of solids handling and separation and specific design procedures.
Tutorials will provide practice in the above areas.

Assignment will enable students to apply the concepts learnt in the module on actual applications.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A75N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M25Essay (1000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination will test the students’ knowledge and understanding of the module.
The report assesses the attainment of skills outcome.

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