Mass Transfer and Separation Processes
Provides students with the fundamentals governing mass transfer and the principles governing a range of separation processes such as absorption, distillation, humidification, leaching, liquid extraction and adsorption. Students apply the knowledge to the design and evaluation of the separation processes.
- Semester 1 - 2015
1. Students should be able to: interpret problems by presenting a sketch of the system containing information in the problem;
2. Perform material and/or energy balances around separation processes;
3. Utilize thermodynamic equilibrium data to support the description of the separation process;
4. Combine principles of operating lines and equilibrium descriptions to analyse or design separation processes
5. Undertake problem solving concerning the analysis and/or design of separation processes.
- Mass Transfer: Introduction to Fick's Law, steady and unsteady state mass transfer, dimensionless groups and correlations, interfacial mass transfer, local and overall mass transfer coefficients.
- Absorption: equilibrium and operating lines, mass transfer driving force, transfer units.
- Humidification: humidity-temperature diagram, adiabatic cooling lines, cooling tower.
- Distillation: flash vaporisation, McCabe Thiele method, Design optimisation.
- Leaching: (solids): kinetics, counter-current washing problems.
- Liquid Extraction: equilibrium stages, ternary diagrams.
- Adsorption: break-through curve, kinetics.
- Major Equipment Design Project.
First and second year Mathematics
Written Assignment: Assignments
Project: Design Project
Formal Examination: Formal Examination
Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term