XWT-34305 Multi-component Mass Transfer in Membrane Processes


Credits 5.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)ir. PHA van Dorenmalen
prof. dr. ir. NE Benes
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. NE Benes
dr. ir. AJB Kemperman
Examiner(s)dr. ir. AJB Kemperman
prof. dr. ir. NE Benes

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Basic mathematics, thermodynamics (chemical potential), physical transport phenomena (continuity equations).


The course comprises three parts. First, the theoretical framework of Maxwell-Stefan is introduced to describe multi-component mass transport. Secondly, the Maxwell-Stefan modelling is applied to molecular separation problems based on adsorption, absorption and membrane separations. Third, the students are given a membrane related case study problem, to be studied with Matlab simulations.
The first two parts involve lectures followed by exercises, enrolling the students in the teaching activities. Students develop and present materials in lectures. The case studies carried out in Matlab deepen the presented theory.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- demonstrate fundamental insight in multicomponent mass transport theory;
- explain and describe mass transport within the theoretical framework of Maxwell-Stefan;
- apply modelling with Maxwell-Stefan to molecular separation problems based on adsorption, absorption and membrane separations;
- translate theory to practical problems, oriented at membrane separations;
- perform basic computer simulations of multicomponent mass transport problems;
- acquire in-depth knowledge by carrying out case studies in Matlab;
- acquire new knowledge by preparing one of the lectures;
- develop and present materials in lectures.


The course consists of:
lectures and guided exercises;
students will conduct some case studies based on model calculations in a Matlab environment;
students participate in lectures/tutorials to provide some additional background material, do some self-study to prepare for these lectures/tutorials, perform exercises and computer practical to apply the theory.


The final exam of the course consists of :
- an oral exam to show theoretical insights (50%);
- case study assignment with a translation of theory into practice (15%);
- computer simulations (20%);
- report (15%).


Wesselingh, J.A.; Krishna R. (2000-2006). Mass transfer in Multicomponent Mixtures. 329p. VSSD. / ISBN 978-90-71301-58-2

Compulsory for: MWTWater Technology (joint degree)MSc3WD