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EX3502: SEPARATION PROCESSES 1 (2015-2016)

Last modified: 25 Mar 2016 11:34

Course Overview

This course covers the fundamental concepts of equilibrium and rate-based analysis of separation processes, and gives examples of relevant separation processes. It introduces the concept and analysis of a unit operation as applied to separation processes and demonstrates the analysis of relevant separation processes by applying mass and energy balance methods.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Marcus Campbell Bannerman

Qualification Prerequisites


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Course Description

A theoretical understanding of the concepts of evaporation processes of liquids with and without boiling point rise, vapour liquid equilibrium (Raoult's law/Henry's law), the phase rule, and relative volatility are taught. The theory and design of Evaporators, Absorption, and Distillation unit operations are delivered in depth including: single and multi-effect evaporators; flash, batch, and continuous distillation using single or multiple stages; overall efficiencies and Murphree tray/point efficiencies; single and multi-stage adsorption. Graphical methods are also covered (McCabe-Thiele, Ponchon-Savarit) as well as NTU based design for absorbers.

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Teaching Breakdown

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Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st attempt: 1 three-hour written examination (80%) and continuous assessment (20%). Resit: 1 three-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

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Students receive individual, written feedback on their coursework. We also provide whole-class feedback via MyAberdeen. We also put model answers for all tutorial sheets on MyAberdeen to give students the chance to self-assess their own performance.

Course Learning Outcomes


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