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Separation Technology MLJ630

This subject will introduce the principles and design approaches of separation and physical purification technologies used in the oil and gas industry, for biomass handling in the water and wastewater sector and novel applications in biotechnology. Furthermore new advancements in the field are presented and the candidates are challenged to propose novel applications of standard and new separation technologies.

The course will feature guest lectures by industrial experts. 

Course description for study year 2021-2022





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Learning outcome
This subject introduces fundamental terminology, basic analysis and applications of the principles of various separation and purification technologies. Students will be able to understand and analyze theories and case situations at which separation technique unit processes are to solve problems within the field of water and wastewater engineering and applied biotechnology. Knowledge gained are to provide students with a basis to understand and contribute to the development of novel separation techniques and applications.

Separation and purification processes are used in a wide range of industries on field and off-field. Solid-liquid, gas-gas and liquid-liquid separation techniques are under active investigation by researchers all over the world towards efficient separation and purification. The course will cover both fundamental and applied aspects of solid, gas and liquid separations; and additional biological separation at molecular level, a broad spectrum of activities from lab scale to pilot plant to full-scale plants, through laboratory investigations and theoretical studies. The course covers available and practical methods for removal of solids from aqueous suspensions; sedimentation, flotation, flocculation, filtration, cell rupture and phase separation technologies and electrical separation techniques.

Fundamental theory and applied aspects of separation technologies are linked to provide new insights, and to indicate new and innovative ways of solving practical problems of the current industries. Discussion on separation areas where there have been differences of opinion will help iron out remaining uncertainties. Extensive references and case studies will encourage further studies in the field.

Required prerequisite knowledge
Recommended prerequisites
MLJ530 Environmental Process Analysis
KJE260 (or equivalent course).
Eksamen / vurdering

Written mid-term exam and final group project

Vurderingsform Vekting Varighet Karakter Hjelpemiddel
Written mid-term Exam 1/4 3 Hours A - F Valid calculator
Final group Project 3/4 A - F

All assessment parts must be passed in order to obtain a final grade in the course.There is no resit possibilities for the midterm exam or Group project. Students who wishes to re-take these parts, may do so the next time the course is lectured.Mid-term exam = 25%The Final Group Project (75%) = consists of 50% report & 25% individual oral presentation (presenting individualy contribution to group Project).

Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Gopalakrishnan Kumar
Head of Department: Ingunn Westvik Jolma
Method of work
4 hours lectures (2 + 2) per week. 
Open for
Biological Chemistry - Master of Science Degree Programme Environmental Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme
Course assessment
Usually by forms and/or discussion according to university regulations
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Separation Technology (MET230) 5
Separation technology (MOT200) 5
The syllabus can be found in Leganto