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Unit Overview


"This unit will help students to understand gas processing technologies in liquified natural gas (LNG) production and hydrogen production and transportation via hydrogen carriers. This unit will also enable students to perform process simulations using commercial software packages, including HYSYS, for gas processing technologies, and some other general applications. The understanding of processes and the ability to perform process calculation and simulation are essential skills to contribute to the transition of global energy supply.

In the first module (corresponding to learning outcomes #1 and #2), students will get familiar with the fundamental thermodynamic principles underpinning the calculation and simulation of gas processing systems. The introduction and practice of basics of steady state and dynamic simulations will help students to become confident in performing process simulations. Students will be able to perform process simulations for certain simplified unit operations.

In the second module (corresponding to learning outcomes #3 and #4), a systematic introduction of the gas processing units in LNG production will be given. Students will learn to construct both steady state and dynamic simulations of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and LNG production. Students would be able to use the constructed simulations to achieve optimisation of LPG and LNG plants.

In the third module (corresponding to learning outcomes #5 and #6), the needs of gas processing in hydrogen production will be explored, where students will learn how to produce low carbon hydrogen and develop capability in simulating hydrogen production. This section of the course will also look at the transportation of hydrogen via hydrogen carriers and associated gas processing technologies in achieving efficient hydrogen recovery and purification. "

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline Restricted

Students are able to (1) understand the fundamental thermodynamic principles underpinning the simulation of gas processing systems; (2) perform steady state and dynamic simulations with HYSYS for simplified process flowsheets; (3) understand and perform simulations for gas treating operations before liquefying natural gas; (4) describe the differences of various liquefaction technologies and perform simulations for the liquefaction of natural gas; (5) determine gas processing needs in the production of hydrogen from various sources and, and perform hydrogen purification simulations; and (6) design the gas separation and recovery processes when using vectors for hydrogen transportation.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) assignment; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Gongkui Xiao
Unit rules
Enrolment in 62550 Master of Professional Engineering (Civil Engineering specialisation
or Mechanical Engineering specialisation)
or 62520 Master of Low Emission Energy Technologies
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and 120 Points
and CHPR3404 Advanced Thermodynamics and Mass Transfer Processes
Advisable prior study
CHPR4404 Advanced Thermodynamics
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