Faculty of Engineering

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Chemical Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Malaysia First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Profeswsor Ravi Jagadeeshan (Clayton); Dr Irene Chew Mei Leng (Malaysia)


Fundamental principles of transport phenomena, Newton's law of viscosity, Fourier's law of heat conduction and Fick's law of diffusion. Transfer coefficients (viscosity, thermal conductivity and diffusivity). Newtonian and Non-Newtonian fluids, conservation laws (mass, momentum and energy) and steady state shell mass, momentum and energy balances. Numerical solution of partial differential equations, classification of equations (finite differences and finite elements) and incorporation of boundary conditions into numerical solutions. Utilise computer packages to solve complex, realistic chemical engineering problems in fluid flow and transport phenomena.


At the end of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify and describe mechanisms of transport phenomena present in given processes
  2. construct simple models relating the conservation of energy, species, or momentum to temperature, composition and velocity fields
  3. solve selected partial differential equations (one-dimensional and two-dimensional transport problems) by applying numerical methods such as finite element and finite difference
  4. develop approximate models of practical chemical engineering systems and solve problems based on them
  5. utilize software packages (MATLAB and COMSOL Multiphysics) to solve more complex problems commonly encountered in practice


Individual Tests and Assignments: 50%
Examination: 50%
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

2 hours lectures, 3 hours of practice sessions/laboratories and 7 hours of private study per week.

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