Heat and Mass Transfer



Dominik BarzDupuis 213barzd@queensu.ca613-533-6000 x 79470


Aiswarya Ramachandran

Course Description

This course follows a unified approach to introduce the physical origins and rate equations of heat and mass transfer. The principal topics covered include identification of the driving forces for heat and mass diffusion, development of transport models from first principles, steady state and transient solutions, and convective transfer. The boundary layer analogies are introduced. Closed form analytical solutions and correlations derived from dimensional analysis are used to estimate the heat and mass transfer convection coefficients. (0/0/0/42/0) 

PREREQUISITES: CHEE 210 and CHEE 223, or permission of the department.

Objectives and Outcomes

Specific course learning outcomes include:

CLO1 Identify mechanisms of heat and mass transfer. Formulate rate equations. KB-ES-TrPh (d)
CLO2 Develop transport models based on the differential equations of heat and mass transfer and their simplified forms; identify suitable boundary conditions.

KB-ES-TrPh (b)
PA Formulate

CLO3 Solve the differential equations for steady-state, one-dimensional problems; and solve non-steady state problems.

KB TrPh (b)

CLO4 Estimate heat and mass transfer coefficients based on dimensional analysis, boundary layer analysis and similarity between momentum, heat and mass transfer.

KB TrPh (c)
KB TrPh (d)

CLO5 Solve problems involving convective heat and mass transfer in one phase and two-phase systems KB TrPh (c)

This course develops the following attributes at the 3rd year level:

Knowledge base, Engineering Science (KB-ES): TrPh (b) Formulates and applies differential mass, momentum and energy balances to do engineering calculations. TrPh (c) Analyzes convective transport of fluids in closed conduits and external flows. TrPh (d) Identifies mechanisms of momentum, heat and mass transfers and formulates and applies appropriate constitutive models to describe fluid behaviour.

Problem Analysis (PA): Formulate Develop appropriate frameworks for solving complex engineering problems. Solve Implement solutions for complex engineering problems.


Relevance to the Program

This engineering science course covers aspects of heat and mass transfer, which together with fluid mechanics comprise one of the corner stones of chemical engineering and engineering chemistry, the so-called "transport courses". The engineering science skills taught in this course are required for 3rd year courses (CHEE 331/332/333 – Design and scale-up of unit operations, CHEE 323 – Industrial catalysis) and 4th year courses (CHEE 412-Transport Phenomena in Chemical Engineering, CHEE 470-Design of Manufacturing processes, CHEE 442 – Introduction to biomedical engineering). This course assumes knowledge of 2nd year fluid mechanics and thermodynamics.

Course Structure and Activities

This course will be delivered in an online format due to the remote teaching and learning requirements of the Fall 2020 semester. Each week students will be provided with the following learning materials:

  1. Weekly concept review online session
  2. Textbook readings
  3. Asynchronous lecture videos
    • Lecture slides will be available in onQ for notetaking and review
  4. Worked problem videos with solutions
    • Students should attempt practice problems then review the solution videos
  5. Synchronous tutorial to answer questions from the weekly content
    • Led by the TA’s or the Instructor
    • Will be recorded and made available to accommodate time zone differences 


Mandatory Textbook

  • "Heat and Mass Transfer", by Welty, Rorrer and Foster (WRF). This custom textbook is available from the campus bookstore in hard copy and e-book formats. It is compiled from the textbook "Fundamentals of Momentum, Heat, and Mass Transfer" by the same authors, 6th edition, published by Wiley in 2015 (Chapters 15-30). This custom textbook is listed as mandatory. The original textbook is acceptable. Please note that the 5th edition of the same textbook by Welty, Wicks, Wilson, Rorrer (WWWR) is also acceptable (2008).

Additional Textbooks:

  • Bergman, T.L., Lavine, A.S., Incropera, F.P. and DeWitt, D.P., "Fundamentals of heat and mass transfer", 7th Ed. Wiley (Incropera). Brodkey, R.S. and Hershey, H.C., “Transport Phenomena: A Unified Approach”, McGraw-Hill (Brodkey). A copy of each of these textbooks has been placed on reserve at Queen’s Library.

All course materials (e.g. class notes; tutorials; assignments; problem sets; equation sheets, etc.) are available on the CHEE 330 onQ site, which is the primary LMS used for this course.