The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2018

Course handbook


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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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.

5. Work with commercial modelling packages.


Part 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.

Assumed knowledge

First and second year Mathematics, CHEE2691, CIVIL2310 and CHEE3741

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment B1

Written Assignment: Assignment A1

Written Assignment: Assignment B2

Written Assignment: Assignment A2

Written Assignment: Assignment B3

In Term Test: Class Exam

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact hours


Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term