KE2180 Separation Processes for the Process Industry and the Environment 9.0 credits

Separationsprocesser för processindustri och miljö

The course comprises fundamentals, basic requirements, and design principles for separation processes. Detailed descriptions and analyses of common unit operations are given. The fundamental mechanisms of phase equilibria and mass and/or heat transport and how the mathematical description of these mechanisms can be used in the design are also treated, as well as matters concerning the practical design of apparatus.

The course also includes more empirical design methods, primarily for stage apparatus and continuous apparatus for common unit operations. The course includes design of separation processes for process industry and for clean technology, as well as the application of the methods to other systems - in particular environmental systems. The course has particulor emphasis on energy efficiency and the environment.

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The course comprises fundamentals, basic requirements, and design principles for separation processes. Detailed descriptions and analyses of common unit operations are given. The fundamental mechanisms of phase equilibria and mass and/or heat transport and how the mathematical description of these mechanisms can be used in the design are also treated, as well as matters concerning the practical design of apparatus.

The course also includes more empirical design methods, primarily for stage apparatus and continuous apparatus for common unit operations. The course includes design of separation processes for process industry and for clean technology, as well as the application of the methods to other systems - in particular environmental systems. The course has particulor emphasis on energy efficiency and the environment.

Intended learning outcomes *

The overall aim is to provide a deep understanding of the general fundamentals such as mass and energy balances, phase equilibria and transport kinetics, and of how these principles are applied in design of separation processes in the process industry and in clean technology. The students will get insight into the considerations that have to be balanced in finding a suitable solution to a specific separation problem. The aim is that the students will also reach understanding for how this knowledge can be applied to separations in other situations, in particular in environmental systems.

After the course the students shall be able to:

- collect and critically make use of information of relevans for design of separation processes

- describe and compare different separation processes, their characteristics and applications

- structure and analyse a separation problem and suggest solutions with particular consideration of energy aspects

- identify suitable separation methods for a particular separation problem

- explain how different variables, physical properties and momentum, heat and mass transport influence a specific separation process and what impact they have on the design of the equipment.

- understand and apply concepts like driving force and transfer coefficients

- design separation processes that are based on equilibrium steps

- design separation processes by making use of mass and energy balances and mass and energy transfer equations

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Admission requirements for programme students at KTH:
At least 150 credits from grades 1, 2 and 3 of which at least 110 credits from years 1 and 2, and bachelor's work must be completed, within a programme that includes:
75 university credits (hp) in chemistry or chemical engineering, 20 university credits (hp) in mathematics and 6 university credits (hp) in computer science or corresponding.

Admission requirements for independent students:
75 university credits (hp) in chemistry or chemical engineering, 20 university credits (hp) in mathematics and 6 university credits (hp) in computer science or corresponding. Documented proficiency in English corresponding to English B.

Recommended prerequisites

KE1020 Reaction and Separation Processes and KE1030 Transport Phenomena and Engineering Thermodynamics or corresponding knowledge

Equipment

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Literature

Wankat P.C., Separation Process Engineering, third edition, Pearson Education, 2012.

Coulson J.M. and Richardson J.F., Chemical Engineering Vol. 2, fifth edition, Butterworth Heinemann, 2002.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • LAB1 - Computer Laborations, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • PRO2 - Project, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TEN2 - Examination, 4.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade *

Computer Laborations (LAB1; 1,5 credits)
Project (PRO2; 3 credits)
Examination (TEN2; 4,5 credits)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

Kerstin Forsberg

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web KE2180

Offered by

CBH/Chemical Engineering

Main field of study *

Chemical Science and Engineering, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Supplementary information

The course has partly the same content as the courses KE2020 Chemical Engineering.

Only one of the courses KE2180, KE2020 and KE2080 may be included in the exam.