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MEng Chemical Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Momentum, Heat & Mass Transfer

Unit code CHEN20112
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Department of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science
Available as a free choice unit? No


The unit is broken up into 6 parts. The introduction provides a basic review for fundamentals prerequisites to the module including vector and tensors, general balances, and dimensional analysis. The next 3 parts cover momentum, mass, and energy transport. In each of these sections is covered the corresponding mechanisms for diffusive transport (Newton’s law, Fick’s law, Fourier’s law) and the generation terms. The generalized transport equations (including the Navier Stokes equation) are derived from shell balances. Example problems are given in each section demonstrating the application of shell balances to solve transport problems. The last two section cover turbulence and analogies in momentum, heat, and mass transfer.



Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Engineering Mathematics 1 CHEN10011 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Process Fluid Flow CHEN10031 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Process Heat Transfer CHEN10092 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Engineering Mathematics 3 CHEN20041 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


The unit aims to: To advance the knowledge of momentum, heat and mass transfer as covered in CHEN 10031 and CHEN 10092 to obtain a fuller, more comprehensive understanding of these fundamental concepts, principles and analytical techniques related to transport phenomena in a unified and quantitative manner.


Learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

1.Perform scalar, vectorial and tensorial calculations in momentum balances.

2.Recognize and use the laws for diffusive transport.

3.Apply the Navier Stokes equations and Newton’s law of viscosity to derive velocity profiles under laminar flow.

4.Derive temperature and mole fraction profiles from their relevant differential balances and laws.

5.Apply dimensional analysis to simplify transport problems, interpret their solutions and generalize the results.

6.Describe the meaning of dimensionless numbers relevant for transport phenomena.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and tutorial problems

One-to-one tuition in office hours

Tutorial problems and solutions are posted each week on blackboard

Use of discussion board as an interactive forum to cover lecture and tutorial material


Assessment methods

Assessment task Weighting
Continuous assessment 30%
Exam style assessment 70%


Recommended reading

R.Byron Bird, Warren E. Stewart, Edwin N. Lightfoot, Transport Phenomena, 2nd Edition, Wiley 2001. (electronic version made available on Blackboard)

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 16
Tutorials 8
Independent study hours
Independent study 76

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Robin Curtis Unit coordinator

Additional notes

This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact.  Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates.

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