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Separation Processes

Credits 5
Hours per week 2 / 1 / 0
Examination C+Ex
Study Language English
Level Master subject
Guarantor prof. Ing. Pavel Hasal, CSc.


The aim of the course is to teach students principles of chosen separation processes most frequently used in practical technologies. Principles of mass transport mechanisms, phase equilibria and arrangement of separation processes are generally described and then mathematical description is used. Special attention is devoted to membrane separations.


1. Material and energy balances in chemical engineering applications.
2. Basic numerical methods in chemical engineering
3. Fluid mechanics for chemical engineers, momentum balances, laminar and turbulent flows in the pipes, equipment and porous media.
4. Heat and mass transfer fundamentals, heat and mass transfer coefficients, heat exchangers, mass and heat transfer on phase interfaces.
5. Separation processes, phase equilibria, rate controlled processes.
6. Adsorption and ion exchange, linear and nonlinear sorption.
7. Membrane separation processes - fundamentals
8. Ionic exchange and electrophoretic separation methods.
9. Selection and arrangement of separation methods, criteria for selection.
10. Membrane processes design. Gas permeation.
11. Ultrafiltration, dialysis.
12. Reverse osmosis, pervaporation.
13. Crystallisation - basic principles, phase equilibria, nucleation, grow of crystals. Population balances, crystal size distributions and sieve analysis.


Z: McCabe W.L., Smith J.C., Harriott P.: Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering. McGraw-Hill (7th Ed.)
Z: Separation Process Principles, 2nd edition, Seader, J.D., and Henley E.J.
D: Perry’s Chemical Engineers’ Handbook.

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