Introduction to Transport Processes

Subject 411-201 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - 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: Not available

620155 - Calculus 2 and 620156 - Linear Algebra or equivalent

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Dalton Harvie
Subject Overview:

The objectives of this subject are to understand the fundamental concepts of momentum, heat and mass transfer and to be able to apply this knowledge to the solution of problems in process engineering.

Momentum transport: Newton's law of viscosity, viscosity of gases and liquids, shear stress and momentum flux, shell momentum balances in laminar flow; Reynolds number; and boundary layer theory.

Heat Transport: Conduction; Fourier's law, thermal conductivities of gases, liquids and solids; steady state conduction through planar and cylindrical resistances; resistances in series; conduction with a heat source; shell thermal energy balances; calculation of temperature profiles in conductors; convection, concept of thermal boundary layer, definition and evaluation of heat transfer coefficients; Nusselt and Prandtl numbers; combined conduction and convection; overall heat transfer coefficients; heat exchangers, cocurrent and counter-current flow, energy balance and rate equations for simple double pipe heat exchangers.

Mass Transport: Molecular diffusion, eddy diffusion, bulk flow; definitions of concentrations, average velocities and fluxes; Fick's first law; diffusivities of gases and liquids; application to binary mixtures; equimolal counterdiffusion and diffusion through a stationary component; and two-phase mass transfer; concept of mass transfer boundary layer, Schmidt number, individual film and overall mass transfer coefficients.


On completion of this subject students should be able to

  • Describe the fundamental concepts of momentum, heat and mass transfer
  • Apply these principles to the solution of problems in process engineering.
  • Continue study in the area of heat and mass transport with a solid foundation

A mid-semester test worth 15% held in or about Week 6, 6 assignments throughout semester worth a total of 10%, and an end of semester examination worth 75%.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Bird, R.B., Stewart, W.E., and Lightfoot, E.N., Transport Phenomena, second edition, Wiley, 2002

Coulson, J.M., and Richardson, J.F., Chemical Engineering,Volume 1, sixth edition, Butterworth-Heinemann, 1999

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals

  • in-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline

  • ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Laws

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