ENCH496-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018

Advanced Separations

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2018
End Date: Sunday, 24 June 2018
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 2 March 2018
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 18 May 2018


Advanced topics in separation methods including: selection of separation methods, membrane separations, pervaporation, ion exchange, adsorption, multi-component distillation, and liquid-liquid extraction.

AIM: This course develops further the study of separation methods introduced in ENCH396.  It aims to provide understanding of, and the ability to analyse, a wider range of process separation operations and to select the appropriate technology for a particular separation and thus provides knowledge and skills needed in ENCH494 (Process Design 3) and useful to chemical and process engineering graduates.  

The course will cover the following topics:
• Packed column and multi-component distillation           (AY)  
• Evaporation            (AY)
• Convection/diffusion in separations     (RD)
• Ultrafiltration and microfiltration     (RD)
• Rapid/slow sand filtration      (Invited lecturer)
• Gas separation       (AY)
• Adsorption processes           (AY)
• Separations in air quality control          (AY)
• Introduction to supercritical technology        (Invited lecturer)
• Froth flotation, sedimentation and centrifugation    (RD)

Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of the course the students are expected to be able to:

  • Develop process designs for any of the separations covered with a fundamental understanding of the physical and chemical phenomena occurring.
  • Be able to select appropriate separation techniques for chemical processing from separations covered in ENCH396, ENCH496 and others.
  • Carry out detailed design calculations for separation processes.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Timetable Note

Lectures: 15 (AY) + 15 (RD) and Tutorials: 2 (AY)  (3 hours per week)

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Alex Yip


Rob Davis


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Final Exam 45%
Assignment 1 22 Mar 2018 10%
Test 29 Mar 2018 35%
Assignment 2 31 May 2018 10%

The material in the course will be assessed via a series of assignments and a final exam.  The final exam will cover all materials in the course.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Seader, J. D. , Henley, Ernest J., Roper, D. Keith; Separation process principles : chemical and biochemical operations; 3rd ed; Wiley, 2011.

Required text:  There is no textbook recommended for this course.
Recommended Texts:  Separation Process Principles: Chemical and Biochemical Operations/by Seader, Henley and Roper; 3rd Ed.; Wiley


Pre-requisite: ENCH396

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,059.00

International fee $5,125.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Chemical and Process Engineering.

All ENCH496 Occurrences

  • ENCH496-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018