Module Catalogue

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
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0

Aims

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

Crystallisation
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

Membranes
i.       Membrane fluxes and membrane characteristics. Asymmetric membranes.
ii.       Reverse osmosis.
iii.       Ultrafiltration.
iv.       Microfiltration.
v.       Gas permeation

Adsorption
i.       Adsorption Isotherms
ii.       Chromatography
iii.       Gas adsorption
iv.       Ion Exchange

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials128:0028:00Pre-recorded lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion118:0018:00Assignment and quizzes
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion112:0012:00Pre-recorded worked examples
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery61:006:00Drop-in sessions (person-in-person activity)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study180:0080:00Review lecture material, complete tutorial sheets, revisions, and extended reading.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time61:006:00Introduction and tutorials (synchronous online activity)
Total150:00
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.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
CME3037Separation Processes 2 (Industry)1N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M50An Assignment on the preliminary design of a separation unit operation.
Written exercise1M50An Assignment on the preliminary design of a separation unit operation.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment1MZero weighted Online quiz as pre-requisite for proceeding to the next section of the module
Computer assessment1MZero weighted Online quiz as pre-requisite for proceeding to the next section of the module
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The intended learning outcomes are assessed through a combination of in-course assessments: two summative assignments and two formative quizzes.

Each assignment will 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 given 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.

Each online quiz will formatively assess the students’ achievement of the intended knowledge and skills outcomes on a given sub-topic of this module not examined in the assignments.

Reading Lists

Timetable