CBEMS 130 Separation Processes (2017-2018)

CBEMS 130 Separation Processes

(Required for ChE. Selected Elective for MSE.)
Catalog Data:

CBEMS 130 Separation Processes (Credit Units: 4) Application of equilibria and mass and energy balances for design of separation processes. Use of equilibrium laws for design of distillation, absorption, stripping, and extraction equipment. Design of multicomponent separators. Prerequisite: CBEMS45B-C both with a C- or better. Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 3)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0131382275.

Recommended Textbook:


Nancy A. Da Silva
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Apply chemical engineering fundamentals such as material and energy balances to the design of equilibrium staged separation processes.

2. Design and analyze flash, binary, and multicomponent column distillation.

3. Design and analyze absorption, stripping, and extraction processes.

4. Select appropriate separation technologies

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Chemical engineering thermodynamics
  • Mass and energy balances
  • Computer literacy and basic skills
Lecture Topics:
  • Thermodynamics/Equilibrium
  • Flash Distillation
  • Column Distillation: Introduction, External Balances
  • Column Distillation: Internal Stage-by-Stage Balances
  • McCabe-Thiele and Lewis Analyses
  • Multicomponent Distillation
  • Approximate Methods for Multicomponent Distillation
  • Staged and Packed Column Design
  • Absorption and Stripping
  • Extraction
  • Other separation methods
Class Schedule:

Meets for 4 hours of lecture each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Computer literacy and basic skills are required. Design software is used for binary and multicomponent distillation calculations.

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

This course is designed to contribute to the students’ knowledge of engineering topics and design experience. The following considerations are included in this course: economic, environmental, health and safety, manufacturability.

Design Content Description

Multiple lectures on the design of binary and multicomponent separation systems. Homework and computer problems reinforce the lecture topics.

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 15%
  • Computer Problems: 10%
  • Midterm Exam: 35%
  • Final Exam: 40%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 1.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 3.0 credit units

February 22, 2017
Senate Approved:
March 11, 2014
Approved Effective:
2014 Fall Qtr