Mass Transfer and Separation Processes

Course code CHEE3741Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentSchool of Engineering

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.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
Objectives1. To provide students with an understanding of the principles of mass transfer and the fundamentals necessary to evaluate and design a series of separation processes, based on the principles of thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer.

2. Improve problem solving where unit operations are involved.
ContentMass 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.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeFirst and second year Mathematics
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Assessment in this course will consist of a formal examination, regular assignments and project.

Refer to course outline for information
Contact HoursLecture: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for CHEE3741