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Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment

Department of Chemical Engineering



Course handout, CHE3040S, 2014


Course Name: CHE3040S Solid - Fluid Operations
SAQA Credits: 12
Pre-requisites: CHE2031F, CHE2040S
Co-requisites: None

Course convener : Tokoloho Rampai
Email address: tokoloho.rampai@uct.ac.za
Office location: Room 3.10, Chemical Engineering Building
Consultation hours: Mon-Thurs 13h00-14h00 (Email the Senior TA to make an appointment)
Course lecturers:
Miss Tokoloh Rampai, Dr Lawrence Bbosa, A/Prof. Aubrey Mainza and
Prof. Sue Harrison
Teaching assistants:
Colleen Jackson (Senior TA)
Gerald Mbele
Innocent Achaye
Matthias Brodner
Ntandoyenkosi Hlabangana

Lecture venue:
TLB LT3C to be confirmed via vula
Lecture days and
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Monday Thursday 2
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Period (09h00-09h45)
Tutorial venues
TLB LT3C to be confirmed via vula
Tutorial day and
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Wednesday, 14h00-17h00,






Course objectives
Learning outcomes
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A. Knowledge (Information plus Understanding)
1. Have an appreciation of the processes that involve
separating solids from fluids.

2. Know how the fundamentals of particles dynamics
and flow through beds of particles are used to
derive performance and design equations for
Solids-Fluid operations.
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3. Know and understand the mechanical features and
operation of the equipment used for Solid Fluid
Operations.
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4. Appreciate the relationship between fundamental
concepts in fluid-particle dynamics and their use in
developing design and performance equations for
process equipment.
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5. Understand the principles of agitation and
operation of equipment to mix, suspend solids,
disperse gas in liquid and promote heat and transfer
in stirred tanks.
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6. Understand the physical principles involved in the
operation of fluidised beds.
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B. Skills (Application of Knowledge)
1. Perform process design and performance
calculations for Solid Fluid equipment.
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2. Derive equations for solid-fluid operations from
first principles.
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3. Be able to relate the theory of solid-liquid
operations to practice.
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To learn the operating and design principles of solid fluid operation devices and methods of
evaluating the performance of solid fluid operations.
Detailed course content
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Know and understand the processes for separating solids
from fluids. These include sedimentation, thickening,
filtration, centrifugation and cyclones. In addition the
students know and understand the processes of
fluidisation, agitation and flow through packed beds.
20%
Derivation of performance and design equations for
Solids-Fluid operations from the fundamentals of
particles dynamics and flow through beds of particles.
20%
Know and understand the mechanical features and
operation of the equipment used for Solid Fluid
Operations.
10%
Appreciate the relationship between fundamental
concepts in fluid-particle dynamics and their use in
developing design and performance equations for
process equipment.
20%
Understand the principles of agitation and operation of
equipment to mix, suspend solids, disperse gas in liquid
and promote heat and transfer in stirred tanks.
10%
Perform process design and performance calculations
for Solid Fluid equipment.
10% 10%
Learning environment
Notionally: 36 lectures, 8 tutorial sessions.
The course will be delivered largely through lectures and the tutorials will be designed to take
problem-based learning method.
Suggested time allocation
Learning Activity Time (hours)
Lectures 27
Tutorials and Practical 30
Self Study / Assignment 63
Total learning time 120
General assessment strategy
Assessment Task %
Mini class tests 15
Class test 25
Written Examination 60
(3 hours, sub-minimum 40%)
The following DP rules apply:
Achieving a course mark of 40% or greater, a
sub-minimum of 40% in the main class test, and
Satisfactory performance in the tutorials:
4 out of 5 tutorials in 3rd quarter
2 out of 3 tutorials in 4th quarter.

Total 100
Prescribed Books/Reading Materials/Notes
Prescribed books
(1) Coulson J M & Richardson J F (1990), Chemical Engineering Vol 2 (5th ed), Heimanen

Recommended books
(2) Svarovsky L, Solid-Liquid Separation (3rd Ed), Butterworths
(3) Perrys Chemical Engineers Handbook