Particle Mechanics and Processing

Subject CHEN40002 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Forty-eight hours
Total Time Commitment: Estimated 120 hours

400-306 Fluid Mechanics and 431-202 Engineering Analysis B or equivalent

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Subject Overview: Particle size and measurement of particle size, shape factors, differential and cumulative distributions, mean size, median size and surface area. Generalised description of separation and classification efficiency based on particle size, density and composition. Hydrocyclones, screens and data reconciliation for particulate separators, including the two product formula. Comminution, Bond work index, matrix description of size reduction and milling circuit simulation, comminution circuits and liberation of particles from composite particles. Flow properties of solids, design of bins and hoppers, mass and channel flow. Solid-liquid separation including flocculation processes, gravity sedimentation, clarification, thickening and pressure filtration. Motion of particles in fluids, fluidisation, minimum fluidisation velocity and bed expansion, flow of fluids through granular beds.
Objectives: Upon completion of this unit, students will have
  • An appreciation of the flow behaviour of particulate materials and the design of unit operations associated with particulate slurries in a range of unit operations common to the materials, food, water, pharmaceuticals and minerals processing industries.
  • They will be familiar with the unit operations in comminution and particle liberation, particle separation, hopper flow, solid-liquid separation and fluidisation and flow through packed beds.
  • One written 3-hour end-of-semester examination (80%);
  • A written 1-hour mid-semester test or assignment not exceeding 2000 words (20%)
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Information Not Available

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: The subject will enhance the following generic skills
  • Ability to undertake problem identification and solution;
  • Capacity for independent thought;
  • Awarness of advanced technologies in the discipline;
  • Ability and self confidence to comprehend complex concepts, to express them lucidly and to confront unfamiliar problems.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Engineering (EngineeringManagement) Chemical

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