REFINERY SEPARATION PROCESSES - 2021/2
Module code: ENG3199
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Multicomponent separation is the most commonly used industrial separation process and a sound understanding of the fundamental principles (material/energy balances, vapour-liquid, liquid-solid, gas-solid and liquid-liquid equilibrium, separation efficiency and system hydrodynamics) defining the operation of such processes is essential to a graduate engineer. This module extends a students knowledge and understanding to include multicomponent systems involving distillation, ultra-filtration and adsorption.
Chemical and Process Engineering
COSTELLO Katie (Chm Proc Eng)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 6
JACs code: H850
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 96
Lecture Hours: 11
Tutorial Hours: 10
Guided Learning: 11
Captured Content: 22
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
Yield and Separation Factor
Effect of operating variables on performance
Multicomponent Liquid/Vapour Systems
Definition of K value and use
Dew/bubble point calculations
Cubic equations of state
Fugacity and compressibility
Activity and Gibbs-Duhem equation
Adsorbents and adsorption isotherms
Ideal Single Stage Vapour/Liquid Separation
Adiabatic single stage equilibrium
Isenthalpic single stage equilibrium
Control of "flash" vessels
Effect of operational variables on internal flows and product quality
Internal flow rates, concentration and temperature profiles
Nmin and Rmin
Key and non-key components
Shortcut Design Method
Gilliland / Eduljee correlation
Use of equation set
Plate to plate design
MESH equations, matrix solutions
Inside out and rigorous solution
Complex petroleum fractionation
TBP curves and pseudo components
Pump-arounds, side streams, multiple products
Control of complex fractionation
Column and Stage Efficiency
Basic definitions and correlations
Tray and Column Hydraulics
Hydraulic design and operation
Hydraulic gradient and tray passes
Pressure drop, tray pressure balance and downcomer backup
Froth height and tray spacing
Design variables and effects on operation
Fluid/Solid and Bio-separations
Membranes, ultra-filtration, reverse osmosis
Adsorption column design
Petroleum Separation Processes
Separation/removal of fine catalyst particles from vapour and flue gas streams on the fluid catalytic cracking process involving equipment such as cyclones, electrostatic precipitators and wet gas scrubbers.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Online Scheduled Summative Class Test||ONLINE (OPEN BOOK) TEST||20|
|Examination Online||ONLINE (OPEN BOOK) EXAM||80|
New examination and class tests.
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and analytical skills over the full range of module material and to encourage progressive learning.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
- Class Tests – 20%, 2x45 minute (10% each test), (LO1, LO3)
- Examination – 80%, 2 hours (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4)
Verbal feedback during tutorial sessions and the optional drop-in sessions, written feedback from Class Tests.
- a systematic appreciation and critical awareness of the importance of component separation to the process industry
- a comprehensive appreciation of the characteristics of the separation of ideal and non-ideal multicomponent systems using a variety of techniques
- an in-depth appreciation of the inter-relationships between the separation performance and operating parameters of multicomponent separating devices
- a knowledge of the design methodologies of multicomponent distillation columns
- an appreciation of the effects of hydraulic malfunction on separation efficiency and the ability to propose feasible scenarios of malfunction based on operating data
- prepare a scoping design and initial sizing of some separation operations of fluid/solid and biological systems, based on adsorption, and membranes.
|001||Propose suitable models to explain the complexity of multicomponent multiphase equilibrium and to test and confirm their applicability.||KC|
|002||Explain the operating characteristics of multicomponent separating devices and their inter-relationship and analyse the appropriate equilibrium, material and energy balances.||KC|
|003||Confidently scope out a distillation column design in sufficient detail to efficiently set up a process simulator to carry out a design simulation.||KCP|
|004||Accurately prepare a scoping design and initial sizing of some fluid/solid and biological separation operations based on either adsorption or membranes.||KC|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
- Take students logically through the challenging material associated with complex multicomponent multiphase separation.
- To ensure a logical and progressive learning experience
- To allow students to practice their skills on a series of real life tutorial problems in a supportive environment.
The learning and teaching methods include:
- Lectures 4 hours per week for 11 weeks (average)
- Tutorials 0.5 hour per week for 12 weeks (average)
- Class Tests 2 x 0.75 hours (nominally in weeks 6 and 11)
- Independent Learning 98.5 hours in total (8.21 hours per week for 12 weeks (average))
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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