Transport Phenomena






Course Description

The course advances the fundamentals of material, momentum and energy transfer. Emphasis is placed on the theory and analysis of diffusion, convection and interphase transport of material in laminar and turbulent streams and their similarities. Applications in engineering and environmental transport processes are presented, and the modelling of complex processes is considered. 

Prerequisites: CHEE 223, CHEE 330 (or CHEE 317 and CHEE 318), or permission of the department

Objectives and Outcomes

The subject of transport phenomena includes three closely related topics: fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and mass transfer. Fluid dynamics involves the transport of momentum, heat transfer deals with the transport of energy, and mass transfer is concerned with the transport of mass of various chemical species. In this course we study these three transport phenomena together. This course adheres to advanced solution methods, each solution beginning with differential forms of the equations of change. The course thus leverages prior training in differential equations. The principle objective of this course is train the student to create chemical engineering knowledge using the transport phenomena approach with special focus on combined transport problems.

Specific course learning outcomes include:

CLO1 Understand the basic unifying concept behind transport phenomena
CLO2  Understand the general form and solution strategy for transport phenomena problems 
CLO3 Through examples develop an understanding of how the general form is converted to a specific solutions
CLO4 Review and recall how the basic vector and matrix operators are used in defining Transport Phenomena problems
CLO5 Understand the concept of diffusive transport of conserved quantities: Fick’s Law, Fourier’s Law, Newton’s Law
CLO6 Become familiar with the general expression for diffusive flux of a conserved quantity

Relevance to the Program

Course Structure and Activities


Required Textbook

  • Bird, R.B., W.E. Stewart and E.N. Lightfoot, Transport Phenomena, REVISED SECOND EDITION, Wiley, New York (2007).