UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

CHPR4405 Particle Mechanics and Solids Handling

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content Topics include particle size reduction and separation; sampling and particle size analysis; screening and classification via hydrocylcone; particle drag, sedimentation, gravity thickening and thickener sizing; froth flotation, flow-through packed bed and filtration; fluidisation; colloid behaviour and properties, DLVO interaction theory, rheometry, slurry rheology and its relationship with surface chemistry, bridging flocculation and surface forces; pipeline transport of non-Newtonian fluids; and dust capture.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) work effectively in teams; (2) write clear and concise technical reports; (3) perform a laboratory experiment to discover knowledge on flow behaviour of suspensions; (4) distinguish between particle sizing and classification; (5) apply surface chemistry technique to optimise suspension processing; (6) apply surface chemistry to control surface force between particles; (7) explain and use the equations governing leaching kinetics, filtration, suspension thickening, fluidisation and pipeline transportation; (8) apply surface chemistry to froth floation; and (9) quantify the number of countercurrent stages required to achieve a given degree of washing of solids.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) laboratories and tutorial assignments; (2) tests; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Professor Yee-Kwong Leong
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (MPE) (Chemical Engineering specialisation or Mechanical Engineering specialisation); for pre-2012 courses: (ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics or CHPR2433 Fluid Mechanics) and (ENSC3005 Mass and Energy Balances or CHPR2530 Process Fundamentals)
Co-requisites: for pre-2012 courses: ENSC3007 Heat and Mass Transfer or CHPR2432 Heat and Mass Transfer
Advisable prior study: for MPE Chemical Engineering specialisation: ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics and ENSC3005 Mass and Energy Balances (co-requisite: ENSC3007 Heat and Mass Transfer); for MPE Mechanical Engineering specialisation: ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics (co-requisite: ENSC3007 Heat and Mass Transfer)
Incompatibility: CHPR3434 Particle Technology
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.ecm.uwa.edu.au/Units/CHPR4405/SEM-1/2017

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