Available in 2018

Course handbook


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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

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 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.

Assumed knowledge

First and second year Mathematics

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignments

Project: Design Project

In Term Test: Class Exam

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact hours



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