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Unit Overview


This unit covers the introduction of the mass and heat transfer principles as it applies to typical unit operations. Topics include (1) heat exchangers; (2) distillation; (3) multi-effect evaporators; (4) liquid–liquid and gas–liquid extraction; (5) solid–liquid separation; (6) refrigeration; and (7) dehydration. The unit also includes applications of the unit operations in the process of liquefied natural gas (LNG) production, transport and re-gasification.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) 1. Demonstrate technical competence in the design and operation of heat exchangers, absorption columns, distillation columns, and adsorption columns; (2) identify critical safety practices and infrastructure required across unit operations; (3) determine the number of transfer units and operating conditions for unit operations of heat and mass transfer; (4) compare the performance characteristics of unit operations against theory and simulation tools; (5) analyse and communicate technical information effectively as individuals and in teams; and (6) propose physical hypotheses to explain unexpected performance behaviours across unit operation.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory assignments and (2) engineering design report. 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)
Professor Zach Aman
Unit rules
ENSC3005 Mass and Energy Balances, ENSC3007 Heat and Mass Transfer
and ENSC3006 Chemical Process Thermodynamics
CHPR3530 Process Modules, CHPR8503 Process Modules
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week
labs: 10 hours per semester

McCabe, W. L. and Smith, J. C. Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering, 7th edn: McGraw-Hill 2004

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