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CME8119 : Advanced Transport Processes

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jonathan Lee
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The study of momentum, heat and mass transfer is one of the fundamental engineering sciences. This module assumes that students have a basic knowledge of fluid flow and uses this as a starting point to develop general conservation equations which highlight common features of mass, heat and momentum transfer. The basics of turbulent and multiphase flow are covered along with the analytical and numerical methods used to solve complex fluid flow problems. The specific aims of the module are:

•       To extend students’ knowledge and understanding of transport phenomena.
•       To introduce and practice the techniques used in the numerical solution of the conservation equations.
•       To understand and use the commercial software used for the solution of complex transport processes problems.

Outline Of Syllabus

Mass, Momentum and Energy balances in 3 dimensions, relationship between shear rate and shear stress.
Analytical solutions of transport problems.
Boundary layer flow.
Turbulent flow.
Characteristics of solutions to the transport equations.
General method for numerical solutions of the transport equations.
Finite difference and finite volume methods.
Numerical methods for the computation of the velocity and pressure fields.
Multiphase flow.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion215:0030:00Problem solving exercises as part of summative and formative assessments
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading491:0049:00Reviewing lecture notes and studying references cited during the lecture
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops32:006:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures will be used to present the science underlying the conservation equations and introduce the numerical methods used in their solution.

The workshops will involve the application of concepts introduced during a number of lectures to complex transport processes problems.

The practical session is a demonstration of the computational fluid dynamics software used to solve complex transport problems.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises1M100Application of finite difference and finite volume methods to the solution of a transport process problem
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises1MTransport processes problems set during the workshops.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The coursework assesses the students understanding of all the steps involved in the numerical solution of complex transport phenomena problems involving the application of finite difference and finite volume methods to the solution of a transport process problem, comparing the results from an Excel calculation with those from computational fluid dynamics software.

The formative assessments during the workshops are designed to allow the students to develop understanding of the concepts introduced in the lectures and practice the analytical and numerical solution of transport problems.

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