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CME2123 : Transfer Processes

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


1. Fluid Mechanics:
This course aims to generalise fluid mechanics so that at a later stage, the knowledge gained can easily be used in numerical simulations, such that the students understand the meaning and implications of exact/approximate solutions in the description of fluids, flow geometry and flow kinematics. Governing fluid flow equations, including the equations of state, are obtained in 3D form in tensor notation and applied to the flow of Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluid flows in simple geometries. More complex fluid systems such as compressible and multi-phase fluids are also examined and related to the process industries.

2. Heat Transfer:
i. To extend the knowledge of the principles of heat transfer and to provide a fundamental knowledge of design criteria for typical forms of heat exchangers used in the process industries.
ii. To enable the students to analyse heat transfer in systems where there is change of phase.
iii. To allow the students to analyse systems where radiative heat transfer is significant/dominant.
iv. To ensure that students can design and choose appropriate equipment in their design projects.

Outline Of Syllabus

Heat Transfer
1.       Review of heat transfer aspects.
2.       Thermal circuits: combinations of heat transfer modes in series and parallel, including radiation.
3.       Boiling and condensing heat transfer. Nucleate and film boiling. Film and dropwise condensation.
4.       Heat exchanger design. Design methodology. Effectiveness-NTU and F-factor methods. Design and applicability of various heat exchanger forms: multipass, plate fin and compact heat exchangers.
5.       Basic concepts of radiation. Planck equation. View factors. View factor algebra. Grey enclosures. Radiosity. Radiation shields.

1.       Review of fluid flow concepts.
2.       Momentum balances, 1 dimensional + examples, two dimensional, stresses in fluids flows, non-Newtonian fluids.
3.       Design of pumping systems, pipe networks, pump selection, NPSH.
4.       Compressible flow, compresser characteristics and selection.
5.       Multiphase flows, gas-liquid and liquid-liquid.
6.       Mixing, power curves for single phase mixing. Solids suspension.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion122:0022:00Exam revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture441:0044:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching221:0022:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1109:00109:00Study and research for the preparation of assignments, review of lecture material.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the mathematical concepts and techniques in fluid mechanics and heat transfer; tutorials (given within lecture slots) are used to provide supervised problem solving; assignments are for independent study and research.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A75N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M25Design of heat exchanger and associated pipe/pumps (max 2000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The unseen examination is used to assess the understanding of the basic principles of fluid mechanics and heat transfer as well as the ability to solve fluid flow problems starting from the general 3-dimensional forms of momentum equations or equations of state.

The design assignment assesses the students’ ability to implement in detail the heat transfer and fluids knowledge gained in the course.

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