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CME3037 : Separation Processes 2 (Industry)

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • 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 completion116:0016:00Completion of problem solving exercises
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:302:30Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching32:006:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1125:30125:30Completion of on line learning material and preparation for assessments
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The on line learning material supports the student’s exposure to separation processes whilst working in industry. This is supported by tutorial sessions which take place either during visits by the industrial tutor to the student's company or during student visits to the University.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1501A75N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
CME3033Separation Processes 21N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M25Assignment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The compulsory questions in section A of the exam will be used to assess the understanding of the basic principles of the separation processes studied in this module. The questions in Section B of the exam will assess the understanding of the design methods used for the separation processes studied in this module.
The assignment is worth 25%.

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