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CME3033 : Separation Processes 2

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • 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

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 completion12:002:00End of semester examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00Module content delivery - in person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching181:0018:00Tutorials and drop-in sessions/consultation - in person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study190:0090:00Review lecture material, prepare for small group teaching, completion of optional formative practice
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.

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

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A100N/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.

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