CHE3165 - Separation processes - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Chemical Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Mark Banaszak Holl


Dr Lian Zhang (Clayton)
Dr Saman Ilankoon (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


CHE2162, CHE2163




A comprehensive treatment of the fundamentals of separation processes of interest to the chemical industry is covered. The fundamental principles of mass transfer are introduced and extended to include principles of interfacial mass transfer and simultaneous heat and mass transfer. General mass and energy balances are derived for equilibrium staged processes. The applications of these principles are made to the unit operations of distillation (binary and multi-component), liquid-liquid extraction, gas-liquid absorption and stripping, adsorption and ion-exchange, and membrane separation processes.


At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Interpret the analysis of general equilibrium stage processes (co- and countercurrent).
  2. Describe the principles underlying the operation of a range of separation processes.
  3. Analyse the operation and performance of a range of separation processes and unit operations.
  4. Demonstrate skills in solving engineering problems related to design and operation of separation processes and unit operations.
  5. Demonstrate experimental skills in operating and analysing the performance of separation unit operations
  6. Generate strategies for solving complex, open-ended separation process problems.


Assignments/tests/laboratory: 40% + Examination (2 hours): 60%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures, 2 hours practice sessions and 6 hours of private study per week, plus one 4-hour lab during the semester

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