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CME3033 : Separation Processes 2

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Wenting Hu
  • Lecturer: Dr Maria Vicevic
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0


The aim of this module is to give the participants an understanding of separation process technology currently used in the modern chemical industry.

This module gives an overview of the technology and design methods for five industrially important separation techniques; crystallisation, solids separation, advanced distillation, membrane separation processes and adsorption based processes.

Outline Of Syllabus

Solids Handling
i.       Filtration
ii.       Centrifuges
iii.       Sedimenters
iv.       Cyclones and hydro cyclones

Pressure drop in packed beds, fluidisation, and fluidised bed design parameters

Advanced Distillation
i.       Azeotropic distillation
ii.       Multi-component distillation

i.       Membrane operating principles and membrane characteristics
ii.       Reverse osmosis
iii.       Ultrafiltration
iv.       Gas permeation

i.       Adsorption Isotherms
ii.       Chromatography
iii.       Gas adsorption
iv.       Ion Exchange

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00Lectures delivering content
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion19:009:00Exam revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching181:0018:00Tutorials and drop-in sessions/consultation.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study190:0090:00Review lecture material, prepare for small group teaching
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CME3037Separation Processes 2 (Industry)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures explain key concepts and outline illustrative examples. Tutorial and assessed problems will develop the student’s understanding of the subject area.Rationale of Teaching Methods and Relationship to Learning Outcomes

These activities are planned as present-in-person sessions.

In case of further social distancing requirements being in place for S1 AY2021-22, some or all of the allocated hours will be moved to synchronous online sessions. Some of the lecture contents may also be delivered asynchronously.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1801A100N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
CME3037Separation Processes 2 (Industry)1N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written examination will assess students’ understanding of the basic principles of the separation processes studied in this module, as well as their ability to apply these principles to design appropriate units. The examination consists of two sections. Students should answer all questions in Section A, and students can choose to answer a subset of questions offered in Section B.
In the event of further social distancing measures being put in place, affecting the examination period, but not affecting in-person teaching significantly, the examination will be open book exam over 24 hour period and a different paper shall be used.
In the event of further social distancing measures being put in place early in S1 AY2021-22, severely affecting the ability to deliver in-person teaching, assessment will revert back to AY2020-2021, i.e. two pieces of assignments each weighed at 50%. Assignment 1 will be tentatively set on teaching week 3 and due on teaching week 6. Assignment 2 will be tentatively set on teaching week 7 and due on teaching week 10.

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