MEC4416 - Momentum, energy & mass transport in engineering systems - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Chris Davies


Dr Hung Yew Mun

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


MEC2404/CHE2161, MEC3454/CHE2163


Unsteady heat conduction, numerical solutions to multi-dimensional conduction problems. Derivation of general governing equations for fluid flow, heat transfer and mass transfer. Free and forced convection heat transfer in laminar and turbulent flow regimes. Fundamentals of mass transfer. Introduction to two-phase heat transfer. Applications to mechanical engineering systems: fuel cells and alternative energy devices, heat pipes in electronics cooling, micro-scale heat transfer and bioheat transfer.


At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Evaluate engineering problems involving heat conduction by selecting and applying the appropriate tools to model the problem and identifying ways of controlling the system to get the desired outcome.
  2. Select and use appropriate models and tools in order to predict the performance and know how to alter a system to achieve a desired effect in problems involving energy transfer in a fluid medium.
  3. Analyse situations involving mass transfer by exploiting the analogy with conductive and convective heat transfer.
  4. Analyse systems and devices that are widely used in engineering practice to effect heat transfer between fluids.


Continuous assessment: 40%

Final Examination (2 hours): 60%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component 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

5 hours of contact teaching time based on a mix of lectures and problem based learning classes in addition to 6 hours of private study per week.

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