CHE3167 - Transport phenomena and numerical methods - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Department of Chemical Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Mark Banaszak Holl


Professor Ravi Jagadeeshan (Clayton)
Dr. Ho Yong Kuen (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


CHE2161, ENG1060 and [ENG2091 or (MTH2010 and MTH2032) or (MTH2015 and MTH2032) or ENG2005]






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 successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

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


Individual Tests and Assignments: 50%

Examination (3hours): 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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