Master programme

Transport Phenomena

Participating Study: Sustainable Energy Technology (MSc-SET), Mechanical Engineering (MSc-ME), Chemical Engineering (MSc-CHE)

Goals: (i) To learn to translate a real life heat, mass or momentum transport problem into its mathematical formulation; (ii) to be able to solve the mathematical equation; (iii) to be able to analyse the solutions found and its implications for the problem you started with.

Course Description

This course uses the book Transport Phenomena written by Bird, Stewart and Lightfoot. The main author of this classical book is Byron Bird. He wrote the first edition of this book many years ago after his stay at Delft University, where he had been teaching transport phenomena. There are several ways to teach this material. Here a the way of increasing mathematical complexity is chosen. It starts with stationary diffusion processes, then a source term is added, after which instationary diffusion is treated. Mathematically this means that is started with the ordinary differential equation, the Laplace equation. With instationary diffusion one deals with a partial differential equation in time and space. Next complexity is added by including convective transport. Since the transport of heat, mass and momentum show many similarities throughout the course problems from all three transport mechanisms are solved. A new element in the course of 2010/2011 will be that for most of the problems to be solved during the tutorials also numerical solutions of these problems will be available. The analytical solutions which will be derived during the tutorials can then be compared to the numerical solutions of the same problem. In this way the influences of assumptions made in order to get the analytical solutions can be made.



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