Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course provides students with the fundamentals governing mass transfer and the principles governing a range of processes such as absorption, distillation, humidification, leaching, liquid extraction and adsorption. Students will apply their theoretical knowledge to the design and evaluation of these processes.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): CHEE3741. Students who have successfully completed CHEE3741 are not eligible to enrol in CHEE3735.

Learning outcomes

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

1. 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. Utilise thermodynamic equilibrium data to support the description of the separation process

4. Combine principles of operating lines and equilibrium descriptions to analyse or design processes involving mass transfer

5. Undertake problem solving concerning the analysis and/or design of transfer processes


Topics to be covered in this course include:

• 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.

• Leaching: (solids): kinetics, counter-current washing.

• Liquid Extraction: equilibrium stages, ternary diagrams.

• Adsorption: break-through curve, kinetics. 

Assumed knowledge

MATH1110 and MATH1120 or equivalent, and MATH2310


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment #1

Written Assignment: Assignment #2

Written Assignment: Assignment #3

Written Assignment: Assignment #4

Written Assignment: Optional Research Assignment(s)

Written Assignment: Weekly Lecture Summaries

Quiz: Distillation Quiz

In Term Test: Mid-Semester Exam

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact hours



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

2 x 2 h lectures

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