Modelling of Separation Processes

Course code CHEE3731Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentSchool of Engineering

Provides an understanding of simple model development, transfer functions, block diagram representation and analysis, and simple control systems. Most of the model development is based on simple unit operations and separation processes. Also provides students with the fundamentals necessary to design or evaluate a broad range of separation processes.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completion of this course, students should:
1. be able to suggest a separation method for a particular process requirement;
2. be able to make suggestions on the type of equipment required;
3. be able to make suggestions regarding the size, operating parameters, etc. based on design considerations such as throughput;
4. know the fundamentals of process modelling and be able to work with commercial modelling packages.
ContentPart A - Process Modelling

Introduction - The Process Model,
Review of Laplace Transforms,
Unsteady mass and energy balances,
Transfer functions,
Modelling of linear systems (1st and 2nd Order),
Linearisation of non-linear relationships,
Responses of linear systems,
Controllers and control instrumentation,
Block diagrams,
Models of controlled systems,
Responses of controlled systems and application
of process modelling packages such as HYSYS.

Part B - Separation Processes

Individual unit operations studied include:

Filtration: Cake filtration theory, determination of the specific cake and medium resistance, constant pressure and constant volume operations, continuous filtration.

Drying: The mechanism of drying, equilibrium moisture content, drying rate curves, indirect and direct, adiabatic and non-adiabatic dryers, drying calculations, selection of equipment.

Evaporation: Single and multiple evaporators, boiling point elevation, economy and capacity, calculation of heating area, selection of evaporators.

Crystallisation: Equilibrium considerations, solubility curves and phase diagrams, stability of saturated solutions, crystal growth mechanisms and kinetics, the MSMPR model for continuous crystallisation.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeFirst and second year Mathematics,CHEE2691, CIVIL2310 and CHEE3741
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Computer Lab
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Assessment in this course will consist of a formal examination and regular assignments.

Refer to course outline for information
Contact HoursLecture: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Computer Lab: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for CHEE3731