Note: This unit version is currently being edited and is subject to change!

CHNG2806: Separation Processes (2020 - Semester 2)

Download UoS Outline

Unit: CHNG2806: Separation Processes (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Intermediate
Faculty/School: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Ghadi, Amirali
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: CHNG1103 AND CHNG2803.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit will cover the general principles and the development of quantitative models of separation processes based on equilibrium and rate processes. Concepts of phase equilibria, transport phenomena and mass and energy balance will be used to model the separation units. Understanding of these principles will provide the basis for analysis and preliminary design calculations of large scale separation units of importance to manufacturing industries. The principles will be applied to units operations of distillation (binary, multicomponent), solvent extraction, absorption, adsorption and membrane processes
Assumed Knowledge: It is assumed that students will be concurrently enrolled in or have already completed CHNG2804 or equivalent
Lecturer/s: Mammucari, Raffaella
Dr Ghadi, Amirali
Timetable: CHNG2806 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorials/Practicals 2.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 4.00 13
T&L Activities: Tutorial: After each lecture on Monday, students will be given homework/tutorial questions relevant to the lecture materials. There will be a 2-hour tutorial on the following Thursday where students will work on the questions with the help of the lecturer and the tutors. To increase the effectiveness of the tutorial sessions in achieving deep understanding of the key concepts, students are encouraged to attempt these questions prior to attending the tutorial session. Each homework should be submitted before the following Monday.

Project/laboratory: Students will work on a group-based project regarding optimisation of a distillation column starting from week 6. Students in allocated groups will carry out a comprehensive study including design of experiment (DOE), mass and energy analyses, computer simulation and hands-on experimentation on a lab-scale distillation column to validate the simulation data.

Independent Study: Students are expected to spend about 6 hours of ‘self-learning’ outside the specified contact periods.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2)
1. Adopt good laboratory practice in conducting and reporting laboratory experiments.
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 2)
2. Work creatively and systematically with others in ensuring correct procedures and accurate results.
(4) Design (Level 2)
3. Understand the principles for designing separation units
4. Skills in operation and assessment of separation unit performance
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 2)
5. Understand the general principles involved in separation processes based on equilibrium and transport phenomena
6. Perform analysis and model separation processes using concepts including mass and energy balance, thermodynamics, transport phenomena and phase equilibria
7. To be able to use modern software tools for design of unit operations
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Distillation Project* Yes 15.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
2 Final Exam* No 40.00 Exam Period 3, 4, 5, 6,
3 Quiz* No 20.00 Week 8 3, 4, 5, 6,
4 Homework/Assignments No 20.00 Multiple Weeks 3, 5, 6, 7,
5 Hypothesis testing* No 5.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 3, 4, 5,
Assessment Description: * indicates an assessment task which must be repeated if a student misses it due to special consideration

Tutorial Exercises/homework: There will be 8 take-home assignments. Students will work on the homework questions during the tutorial sessions with the help of the lecturer and the tutors for better understanding the key concepts of the lectures

Project/Lab Practical: There will be one group-based project/laboratory session on operation and simulation of a distillation column

Quiz: One mid-semester quiz on week 8 covering the topics of membrane and liquid-liquid extraction

Final Exam: Final examination during exam period

Hypothesis testing: All individual students are required to form and submit a hypothesis/prediction about the outcome of the project before starting the Distillation Project. You will then need to submit your reflection on your original hypothesis/prediction at the end of the project. You will lose the whole allocated mark if you only submit one of the tasks. That is to say, both the ``original hypothesis/prediction`` and ``reflection`` tasks must be submitted.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
  • Separation Process Principles
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction to Separation
Week 2 Distillation principles
introduction to phase and VLE equilibria
Week 3 Flash and Tray-by-Tray Calculations
Week 4 Distillation calculation-McCabe-Thiele graphical method
Week 5 Binary Distillation and Multi-Component Distillation
Week 6 Energy Balance in Distillation
Enthalpy Composition Diagram
Week 7 Introduction to membrane separation processes
Week 8 Mass transport, rejection and concentration polarization in membrane processes
Assessment Due: Quiz*
Week 9 Introduction to liquid-liquid extraction
Ternary equilibrium for liquid-liquid systems-single equilibrium stage
Week 10 Single-section, liquid-liquid extraction cascades
Liquid-Liquid extraction- Graphical equilibrium stage calculation
Week 11 Graphical equilibrium-stage method for trayed towers
Absorption and stripping
Week 12 Packed-bed column design
Week 13 Review
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam*

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Biomedical - Chemical and Biomolecular Major 2013, 2014, 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Chemical & Biomolecular / Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular / Law 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2) No 3.5%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 2) No 1.5%
(4) Design (Level 2) No 39%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 2) No 56%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.