Heat and Mass Transport Processes

Subject CHEN30005 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
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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: 4 x one hour lectures + 1 x one hour tutorial per week + 1 x 3 hours of laboratory work + 1 x 2 hour computer practical per semester
Total Time Commitment: Estimated 120 hours
Prerequisites: Students must have taken the following subjects prior to enrolling in this subject:
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As well as the following subject (or an equivalent):
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Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2

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(Note the following subject can also be taken concurrently)

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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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Prof Sandra Kentish


Email: sandraek@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview: The fundamental concepts of heat transfer are extended from that covered in earlier subjects to include natural and forced convection and two phase systems. Mass transfer concepts are extended to unsteady state mass transfer and Fick's Second Law, prediction of diffusivity and of mass transfer coefficients. These fundamental concepts are then applied to the design of processes and equipment including shell and tube, air-cooled and plate heat exchangers, evaporator systems, membrane devices, binary distillation systems, gas absorbers and cooling towers. Use of appropriate simulation packages such as HYSYS and ASPEN will be included.

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Apply the principles of heat transfer to solve heat transfer problems, particularly those involving two phase systems.
  • Assess quantitatively the performance of heat exchanger and evaporation equipment.
  • Apply the principles of mass transfer to solve mass transfer problems and to membrane separation processes.
  • Describe the concepts of equilibrium stage and continuous contactor analysis and apply these concepts to simple distillation and gas absorption problems;
  • Assess quantitatively the performance of simple, conventional distillation, gas absorption and cooling tower equipment.
  • Use simulation software for the basic design of heat exchangers and distillation columns
  • One written 3-hour end-of-semester examination (70%);
  • A 90-minute written class test one third of the way through the semester (20%);
  • And assignments involving laboratory work expected to take about 10 hours due during the semester (10%).
  • A mark of greater than 40% in the end-of-semester examination is required to pass the subject.
Prescribed Texts: Coulson & Richardson's Chemical engineering Volumes 1 & 2, J. F. Richardson, J. H. Harker with J. R. Backhurst. Published Oxford : Butterworth-Heinemann, 2002-
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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills: On completion of this subject students should be able to demonstrate an:
  • 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;
  • Ability to use a systems approach to design and operational performance.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: B-ENG Chemical Engineering stream
B-ENG Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering stream
Chemical Systems
Master of Engineering (Biomolecular)
Master of Engineering (Chemical)

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