Transport Phenomena



Brant PeppleyDupuis



Course Description

The transport phenomena approach is followed to study and analyze transport of momentum, energy and mass, with special focus on combined transport problems. Solutions are developed for problems involving steady-state and unsteady flows, isothermal and non-isothermal conditions. This course completes the students’ intellectual training in the transport sciences culminating in their mastery of combined transport problems, including fluid flow with heat transfer, or mass transport with fluid flow, or heat transfer with mass transport. (0/0/0/42/0)

PREREQUISITES: CHEE 223, CHEE 224 and CHEE 330, 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 Identify transport properties and analyze the mechanisms of momentum, energy and mass transport. KB-TrPh(d)
CLO2 Select, locate and orient coordinate systems for transport phenomena problems (including rectangular and curvilinear). KB-Math(a)
CLO3 Formulate the differential forms of the equations of change for momentum, heat and mass transfer problems for steady-state and unsteady flows. KB-Math(a)
CLO4 Create original solutions to fluid flow, heat transfer and mass transfer problems, and solve problems combining these transport phenomena. KB-Math(a)

This course assesses the following program indicators at a 4th year level:

Knowledge base for engineering (KB):

  • KB-Math(a) Selects and applies appropriate mathematical tools to solve problems that arise from modeling a real-world problem.
  • KB-TrPh(b) Formulates and applies differential mass, momentum and energy balances to do engineering calculations.
  • KB-TrPh(d) Identifies mechanisms of momentum, heat and mass transfers and formulates and applies appropriate constitutive models to describe fluid behavior.

Problem Analysis (PA)

  • PA-Formulate Develop appropriate frameworks for solving complex engineering problems.
  • PA-Solve Implement solutions for complex engineering problems.

Relevance to the Program

This final-semester, final-year course is the capstone intellectual training in transport phenomena for which the prior transport group courses CHEE 223, CHEE 224 and CHEE 330 have prepared the student. This course equips the student for a lifelong career of creating knowledge about chemical engineering, whenever and wherever industrial knowledge gaps arise.

Course Structure and Activities

3 lecture hours + 1 tutorial hour per week.  Please refer to SOLUS for times and locations.

Students are expected to complete assigned readings before corresponding lectures. Students are expected to solve assigned tutorial problems, and to submit these solutions at the start of each tutorial session.
Since each lecture is specially designed to prepare students for the midterm examinations, students are expected to attend the lectures.


A set of course notes will be posted on the course website for students to download and print. Tests will be open book so it is highly recommended that you have hard copies of the notes for the midterm and the exam.

Other course material, such as problem solutions and tutorial problems, is accessible via OnQ.