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EX3502: SEPARATION PROCESSES 1 (2017-2018)

Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

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

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of EG3017 Chemical Engineering Transport Processes (Studied) or EG3019 Advanced Transport Processes (Studied) or EG3020 Process Thermodynamics (Studied) or EG3030 Heat, Mass & Momentum Transfer (Studied) or EX3029 Chemical Thermodynamics (Studied) or EX3030 Heat, Mass & Momentum Transfer (Studied)
  • Engineering (EG) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of Non-Graduating Student in Engineering Erasmus (Studied) or Non-Graduating Student in Engineering Iss (Studied) or Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering (Studied) or Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering (Studied) or Master of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering (Studied) or Bachelor of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

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What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EG3502 Separation Processes 1 (Studied)
  • EG3570 Separation Processes (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


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.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

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 (70%) and continuous assessment (30%).

Resit: 1 three-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Whole-class feedback is provided via MyAberdeen. Extensive answers and questions are provided on MyAberdeen to give students the chance to self-assess their own performance.

Course Learning Outcomes


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