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College of Applied Sciences - Sohar

Department of Engineering

Course Plan

Course Title Separation Processes

Course Code CHEN 3341
Semester Spring - AY 2016 -2017
Pre Requisite CHEN3223
Co Requisite Nil
Type of Course Mandatory
Language of Instruction English
Credit Hours 4 (Lecture/Tutorial)


Lecturer name: Dr Afaf Geith, Dr. Mohamed Salah

Room No. B104, B117

Course Description:

This course covers: Distillation, Liquid-liquid; Solvent extraction; Supercritical fluid extraction and
Adsorption; Design of industrial separation equipment; Flow-sheeting programs (HYSYS) will be used.

Course Pre-requisite Topics and Skills

Diffusion coefficients, mass transfer mechanisms, mass transfer coefficients, hydrodynamics design,
vapor-liquid equilibrium, flash separator, absorption/stripping design

Course Learning Objective:

This course seeks to:
Develop familiarity with major chemical process separation units.
Apply appropriate criteria for selecting among alternative separations techniques.
Apply equilibrium data and relationships to distillation and extraction processes
Perform design calculations for equilibrium staged separation processes
Analyze multicomponent distillation and extraction processes using HYSIS, and Design II.
Identify, formulate and solve separation problems.
Enhance critical thinking skills while working individually and in a structured team

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Develop communication skills through description in oral or written form of the concepts
implied in the above objectives.

Course Learning Outcome

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

Recognize the difference between rate- and equilibrium-based separation processes.

Select and compare solution methods for separation problems including analytical methods
(algebraic or graphical), numerical methods (Excel), and process flowsheeting (HYSYS)
Analyze the performance of existing processes.
Propose a separation method for a mixture on the basis of operating constraints
Identify, formulate and solve equilibrium flash, binary and multicomponent distillation,
extraction, and leaching.
Design separation processes
Communicate technical results effectively in written and oral forms
Work as part of team on an open ended design problem
Locate and utilize resources (textbooks, journal articles, and WWW sites) to analyze and design
separation processes.

Course Contents Schedule of Lectures and Tests:

Week Date Chapters Subjects Tests

29-Jan-2017 Separation techniques
1 1
5-Feb-2017 Vapor-liquid phase
2 3 equilibrium

12-Feb-2017 Flash Distillation

3 2
19-Feb-2017 Binary distillation Quiz 1
4 4

5 26-Feb-2017 4
6 5-Mar-2017 5 Introduction to
Multicomponent Distillation
7 12-Mar-2017 6 Test 1
19-Mar-2017 Approximate Shortcut Methods
8 7 for Multicomponent Distillation
26-Mar-2017 9 Batch Distillation
2-Apr-2017 14 Liquid-liquid extraction Quiz 2
9-Apr-2017 14
16-Apr-2017 13 Solvent Extraction (Leaching) Test 2

13 23-Apr-2017 14
30-Apr-2017 17 Introduction to Adsorption
7-May-2017 Design of distillation column
15 using ASPEN HYSYS

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Dear student, please note that Power point presentations are only the guidance and so
you are required to go through the text and reference books for comprehensive
preparation of your exams such as Quizzes, Midterms, Projects, Assignments and Final


P. C. Wankat, Separation Process Engineering, 2nd edition, Prentice

Hall, 2006.
C.J. Geankoplis, Transport Processes and Unit Operations, 4th
edition, Printice Hall, 2003.
Reference Books:

J. Benitez, Principles and Modern Applications of Mass Transfer

Operations, 2nd edition, Wiley, 2009.
R. S. Brodkey and H. C. Hershey, Transport Phenomena, McGraw-Hill,
J. R. Welty, C. E. Wicks, and R. E. Wilson, Fundamentals of Momentum,
Heat and Mass Transfer, 4th edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2000.
S. Middleman, An Introduction to Mass and Heat Transfer, John Wiley &
Sons, 1998.

Course Assessment
The final course grade will be weighted according to the following scheme:
Assessment Weight
Two tests 30%
Quizzes: 10%
Project: 15%
Final exam: 45%

Learning and Teaching Method

In order to achieve the objectives of the course, lectures will be supplemented by:
Problem solving approach
Using Excel flow sheeting program and HYSYS
Attendance Requirements
Attendance at all lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions is expected. Warning letters will be
issued to the absentees as per the following table

First oral warning 5% (5 contact hours)

Second warning 10% (9 contact hours)
Third warning 20% (18 contact hours)

According to college by law, the student will be debarred from the final examination if his/her
absence ratio reaches to 20%.

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