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CME3033 : Separation Processes 2

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Wenting Hu
  • Lecturer: Dr Maria Vicevic
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

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

Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0
European Credit Transfer System


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 industrially important separation techniques such as crystallisation, solids separation, advanced distillation, membrane separation processes and adsorption-based processes.

Outline Of Syllabus

i.       Nucleation processes
ii.       Crystal growth
iii.       Heat effects
iv.       Design of crystallisers

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

Pressure drop in packed beds; introduction to fluidisation and fluidised bed operations.

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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00Module content delivery
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00End of semester examination
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, completion of optional formative practice
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. Drop in sessions offer students the opportunity to personalize their learning through one-to-one consultations.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A100N/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.

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