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CHNG5604: Advanced Membrane Engineering (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CHNG5604: Advanced Membrane Engineering (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Chilcott, Terry
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This a practical unit of study where students apply the theoretical concepts of membrane science to engineering practice via a series of laboratory experiments. The students will gain practical insights into mass transport processes through various membranes. Students will understand the construction and functional properties of synthetic separation membranes and also will explore experimentally the various factors affecting the performance of membranes.
Assumed Knowledge: CHNG5601.
Lecturer/s: Dr Chilcott, Terry
Dr Wang, David
Tutor/s: To be announced.
Timetable: CHNG5604 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Laboratory 4.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 2.00 13
T&L Activities: Laboratory: The laboratory is avialable to students 3 or 4 days per week and the students can proceed at their own pace. Tutorial assistance is provided during at least 2 of these sessions per week

Independent Study: Library and internet research and assignments

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.

(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4)
1. Apply concepts learned in the theoretical courses to practical problems.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4)
2. Be in a position to assess and correct problems encountered in membrane based processes.
3. Develop membrane-based devices for water purification or waste water management.
4. Obtain an enhanced appreciation of the science and technology of membranes.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Lab Report No 80.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4,
2 Assignment No 20.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4,
Assessment Description: Lab Report: Lab reports on experiments conducted

Assignment: Project assignment
Grading:
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 http://sydney.edu.au/policies . 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 http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ 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.
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 https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture: Overall introduction

*Construction and structure of synthetic membranes,

*Reverse osmosis, nanoflitration and microfiltration membranes,

*Flux measurements, pore characteristics,membrane fouling.

*Electrical measurements and electrodes

*Ion exchange membranes,

*Site visit to Water Recycling Plant

*Electrodiffison, membrane potentials, Goldman equation,

The sequence is scheduled according to availablility of equipment, labs and students' progress.
Week 2 Lecture: Application of membranes for desalination (RO and CDI)
Lab: Laboratory #1: Flux & Separation Performance of micro- and ultra-filtration membranes and pore size analysis by the bubble point method
Week 3 Lecture: Application of membranes for desalination (MD)
Week 4 Lecture: Application of membranes for desalination (FO, PRO)
Week 5 Lecture: Application of membranes for biological reactor (MBR)
Week 6 Lecture: Application of membranes for energy (Fuel Cell and Microbial Fuel Cell)
Lab: Laboratory #2: Performance evaluation of the field-scale RO membrane system: flux, salt rejection efficiency, and fouling
Week 7 Other: Field trip (Siemens Water at South Windsor)
Week 8 Lecture: Membrane electric potentials and measurements (review)
Week 9 Lecture: Application of membranes for protein purification
Lab: Laboratory #3: Electrical circuit and electrochemical measurements (Ag/AgCl, Stainless and reference electrodes for membrane measurements)
Week 10 Lecture: Application of membranes for dialysis and electrodialysis
Week 11 Lab: Laboratory #4: Characterization of ion exchange membranes from voltage characteristics
Lecture: Electrical impedance spectroscopy 1
Week 12 Lecture: Electrical impedance spectroscopy 2
Week 13 Assignment

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Chemical & Biomolecular 2018, 2019, 2015, 2016, 2017
Biomedical Engineering / Law 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Arts 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Commerce 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Medical Science 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Project Management 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Science 2013, 2014
Biomedical - Chemical and Biomolecular Major 2013, 2014, 2015
Biomedical - Electrical Major 2013, 2014
Biomedical - Information Technology Major 2013, 2014, 2015
Biomedical - Mechanical Major 2013, 2014, 2015
Biomedical - Mechatronics 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 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Biomedical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Biomedical/ Project Management 2019
Biomedical 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Biomedical / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Biomedical / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Biomedical / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Biomedical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Biomedical / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Biomedical /Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Biomedical/Science (Health) 2018, 2019
Biomedical - Electrical Major 2015
Biomedical / Law 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Commerce 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Chemical & Biomolecular / Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular/Science (Health) 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular / Law 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular/ Project Management 2019
Biomedical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019
Master of Engineering 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Master of Engineering (Biophysical Processes) 2012
Master of Engineering (Chemical and Biomolecular) 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Chemical & Biomolecular) 2019
Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical & Biomolecular) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4) No 25%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4) No 75%

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.