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CME3037 : Separation Processes 2 (Industry)

  • 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
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study148:0048:00Remote study using structured learning material in Canvas. Q&A with lecturers via email or other remote communication facilities such as teams
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study190:0090:00Review lecture material, completion of optional formative practice
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CME3033Separation Processes 2
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Rationale of Teaching Methods and Relationship to Learning Outcomes
The online learning material supports the student’s exposure to separation processes whilst working in industry. This is supported by tutorial sessions which take place during visits by the industrial tutor to the student's company, during student visits to the University, through email communications or video conferencing.

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
CME3033Separation Processes 21N/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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