20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: The course introduces the fundamental principles of equilibrium and mass transfer kinetics in multicomponent systems and applies these principles to analysis and design of separation process. Thermodynamics concepts from Year 1 are extended to non-ideal, multicomponent mixtures and applied to phase equilibria. These equilibria are then used to design and rate staged separation processes. The kinetics of mass transfer are introduced with molecular diffusion in gases, liquids and solids. Links are made between the transport of momentum, heat and mass. Convective mass transfer is also covered and the mass transfer coefficient, and methods for its calculation, are introduced. This then leads to the analysis and design of mass transfer over various systems and unit operation.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Laboratory work, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Practical skills assessment

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK