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Unit Overview


In this unit, students will gain an understanding of gas processing technologies in the context of liquified natural gas (LNG) production and hydrogen production and transportation via hydrogen carriers. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to develop practical skills in process simulation using commercial software packages such as HYSYS, which are widely used in the industry. These skills are crucial in contributing to the global transition to a sustainable energy supply, as they allow engineers to design, optimise, and operate energy systems with greater efficiency and lower environmental impact. By the end of the unit, students will have a solid grasp of gas processing technologies and simulation techniques that they can apply to real-world problems.

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

Students are able to (1) evaluate the fundamental thermodynamic principles underpinning the simulation of gas processing systems ; (2) create steady state and dynamic simulations with HYSYS for simplified process flowsheets; (3) create simulations for gas treatment operations, including before liquefying natural gas and for the liquefaction of natural gas, to achieve multi-objective optimisation of the process; (4) evaluate the differences between liquefaction technologies; (5) justify the gas processing needs in the production of hydrogen from various sources ; (6) perform hydrogen purification simulations; and (7) evaluate 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
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and 120 Points
and CHPR3404 Advanced Thermodynamics and Mass Transfer Processes

Enrolment in
( 62550 Master of Professional Engineering (Civil Engineering specialisation
or Mechanical Engineering specialisation)
or 62520 Master of Low Emission Energy Technologies

and CHPR4404 Advanced Thermodynamics and Mass Transfer Processes )
Advisable prior study
CHPR4404 Advanced Thermodynamics
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