Course syllabus

Separation Processes, Basic Course

KETF10, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 2
Date of Decision: 2012-04-04

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: B2, K2
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The aim is to give basic knowledge of the physical-chemical basis for different separation methods and to apply these for selection and design of industrial separation processes

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must


The course deals with with various methods for separation of compounds in gases, liquids or solids materials

The following issues are treated:
The physical-chemical principles for the following separation processes: Filtration, Membrane Processes, Adsorption, Chromatography, Ion Exchange, Evaporation, Drying, Crystallisation, Extraction, Leaching, Absorption and Distillation. For some of these only the principles are treated while some selected are treated more in detail.

Principles for selection of separation process:
Which separation processes that are used today. Examples will be given from chemical and biotechnical process industry and from the environmental sector.
Methods for determination of important design parameters, such as purity, yield, energy demand etc for the following separation methods: filtration, membrane filtration, evaporation, distillation, adsorption/chromatography and drying.

Four project exercises treating different separation problems are performed to train the students in applying the acquired knowledge to separation problems in the chemical and biotechnical industry. Project 1 is presented both in written and orally and the other three in written.

Three laboratory studies focused on the design and handling of separation equipment and are related to calculation of the process performance

The engineering attitude to problem solving is stressed.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written examination as well as four project exercises presented in technical PM and participation in two laboratory studies.

Code: 0109. Name: Lab/Projects.
Credits: 3. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: For a passing grade active participation and approval of all laboratory studies and project exercises is required. Contents: Two laboratory studies on filtration/membrane filtration and on adsorption/chromatograpy and four project exercises on selection of separation method, evaporation, adsorption/chromatography and drying.
Code: 0209. Name: Separation Processes.
Credits: 4,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination. Contents: One part with questions on theory and one part with four calculation problems


Required prior knowledge: KETF01 Transport Phenomena, Basic Course.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: KAT030, KAT031

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Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Universitetslektor Mattias Alveteg,
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