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CME3033 : Separation Processes 2

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • 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

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.
v.       Fluidisation and fluidised bed design parameters

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

i.       Membrane fluxes and membrane characteristics. Asymmetric membranes.
ii.       Reverse osmosis.
iii.       Ultrafiltration.
iv.       Microfiltration.
v.       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 completion18:008:00Completion of assignment.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:302:30Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Exam revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching181:0018:00Tutorials and drop-in sessions/consultation.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study176:3076:30Review lecture material, prepare for small group teaching
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.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1801A75N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
CME3037Separation Processes 2 (Industry)1N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj1M25An Assignment on the preliminary design of a separation unit operation.
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.

The assignment will be require students to produce a report (max 10 pages) on the design of a separation unit or system. This assignment will assess the students’ achievement of the intended knowledge and skills outcomes on a particular sub-topic of this module. It will also serve as a formative assessment for students to gauge their current ability in and enhance their skills in problem solving and critical thinking (including the ability to combine knowledge gained from different modules), as well as technical writing.

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