Transport Phenomena



Jeffrey GiacominDupuis 314giacomin@queensu.ca613-533-2768

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, as well as non-Newtonian liquids. 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:

  1. Identify transport properties and analyze the mechanisms of molecular momentum, energy and mass transport.
  2. Select, locate and orient coordinate systems for transport phenomena problems (including rectangular and curvilinear).
  3. Formulate the differential forms of the equations of change for momentum, heat and mass transfer problems for steady-state and unsteady flows.
  4. Create original solutions to fluid flow, heat transfer and mass transfer problems, and solve problems combining these transport phenomena.
  5. Recognize non-Newtonian liquids and apply appropriate models to describe them.

This course assesses the following attributes:

Knowledge base for engineering (CLO 1-5):

  • CHEE-KB-FM-3. Formulates differential momentum balances and solves them to determine velocity and stress distributions.
  • CHEE-KB-FM-5. Utilizes appropriate constitutive models to describe fluid behaviour.
  • CHEE-KB-HT-2. Formulates and solves differential equations of heat transfer to calculate temperature distributions.  
  • CHEE-KB-MT-2. Formulates and solves differential equations of mass transfer to calculate concentration distributions.
  • CHEE-KB-MATH -1. Selects, locates and orients coordinate systems for transport phenomena problems.      
  • CHEE-KB-MATH -2. Formulates and solves ordinary and partial differential equations and integral equations arising in Chemical Engineering using analytical and numerical techniques. 

Problem analysis (CLO 3, 4):

 CHEE-PA-3. Selects and applies appropriate quantitative models, analyses, and boundary conditions to solve 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.


Recommended Textbook

  • Bird, R.B., W.E. Stewart and E.N. Lightfoot, Transport Phenomena, REVISED SECOND EDITION, Wiley, New York (2007). Hardcopy required for midterm exams. Electronic copies cannot be used for midterm exams.

Other Material

All other course material is accessible via OnQ.