Mass Transfer and Separation Processes

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Mass Transfer and Separation Processes

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Chemical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    First and second year Mathematics

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    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.
    1. Students should be able to: 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. Utilize 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.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.