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CME2022 : Separation Processes 1

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Vladimir Zivkovic
  • Lecturer: Dr Colin Hare, Dr Eni Oko, Professor Kamelia Boodhoo, Dr Dana Ofiteru
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


To give participants an understanding of the separation technologies used in the process industries. To provide an introduction to phase equilibria and enable this to be applied to the design of selected separation processes and plant equipment.

To understand the technology and design methods used for the solution of separation problems in the process industries.

To develop techniques necessary to specify and design separation processes for both equilibrium and rate controlled separations.

Outline Of Syllabus


Vapour liquid equilibrium and equilibrium stage calculations.
Calculating the number of stages in a distillation column, reflux ratio and the effect of the condition of the feed.
The design of column internals, hydraulic design for trays and packing.

Gas Absorption/Stripping:

Mass transfer in continuous contact separation processes. Calculating the height of packed columns.
The effect of temperature and pressure on gas absorption and stripping.

Solvent Extraction:

Liquid-liquid equilibrium, single equilibrium stage extraction calculations.
Cross flow and counter flow cascades.


The terminology of humidification.
Use of psychometric charts.
Mass (moisture) balances for humid systems.
Drying curves, constant rate drying, falling rate drying and the mechanisms of solids drying.
Batch drying calculations.
Continuous dryer design.
Understand the issues of dryer design and choice of the correct dryer design for given applications.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Exam (closed-book)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion124:0024:00Exam revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture401:0040:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Case study
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00In-class formative assessment: HYSYS for case study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00Case-study tutorial
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Tutorial
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study169:0069:00Review lecture material, prepare for small group teaching.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce theoretical concepts practiced in tutorials. The case study enables a realistic engineering problem to be solved.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A75Closed-book
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study2M25Case study. Issued week 1 Semester 2. 2000 words
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Case study2MFormative assessment of HYSYS simulation file.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam will test the students' understanding of the separations technology they have learned about during the lectures and their knowledge of separation process design methods.

The case study will enable the concepts of separation to be brought to the selection; design and performance estimation of a separation process as part of a team design exercise.

The formative assessment allows student the student the opportunity to receive feedback on their progress and address any remedial requirements.

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