Transport Processes 7.5 Credits

First cycle, B0003K
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2017 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
Course plan approved by the Department of Chemical Engineering and Geosciences 2007-02-28.

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 13 Feb 2017

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Chemical Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Chemical Engineering

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and Chemical Principles (K0016K, Physics 1 (F0004T, Physics 3 (F0006T), Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (M0031M) and good knowledge in English, equivalent to English 6

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
After completing the course, students should be able to:
• describe the theoretical principles and concepts of transport processes.
• solve typical problems of transport processes using these theoretical principles and concepts.
• describe and compare the operation of different types of common equipment used for momentum, heat and mass transport (e.g. pumps, pipes, fittings, devices to measure fluid pressure and flowrate, agitators and mixers, packed/fluidized beds, heat exchangers and evaporators).
• conduct calculations to select the appropriate model among different types of these equipments.
• develop short programs using Matlab to predict the level of performance of different designs of evaporators.
• present in a written report experiments in fluid dynamics together with related results and corresponding analysis in a way that it can be reproduced by a technically qualified person.

This course gives the fundamental principles of momentum, heat and mass transfer, which are particularly relevant to unit operations in chemical engineering. The unit operation “Evaporation” is presented in this course as an example to illustrate the application of some of these principles. The other main unit operations found in the industry are introduced in the course “Unit operations”, which has “Transport processes” as a prerequisite.

The fundamental principles of momentum, heat and mass transfer covered in this course are also used to select appropriate pumps, pipes, fittings, devices to measure fluid pressure and flowrate, agitators and mixers, packed/fluidized beds, heat exchangers and evaporators by evaluating their performance in specific situations.

In the case of evaporators, the performances of several evaporator designs are evaluated by Matlab to make the students familiar with computer-based methods of simulation.

The course consists of the following activities:
• one laboratory in fluid dynamics
• mini-quizzes on the learning platform Fronter
• self-reading
• meetings with the teacher
• home assignments
• sessions of peer-reviewing
• one tutorial in programming with Matlab
• one individual project to develop short Matlab programs to predict the level of performance of evaporators
• one group project to identify and present the different technological solutions available for the type of equipment assigned, as well as a real example existing in the industry (study case)
• one study visit or visit of an industrial company

The examination is criteria-based and  carried out on the following five items:
• The declarative knowledge on the principles and concepts of transport processes is assessed regularly in invigilated conditions by 10-min mini-exams.
• After working at home on typical problems and getting feedback through peer-reviewing, the students are individually and orally assessed during four occasions (i.e. at the end of the four parts of the course).
• The declarative and functioning knowledge on the common equipments used in the industry is assessed by evaluating the oral presentation of the group project as well as by a short exam on a typical sizing problem.
• Students are evaluated individually by presenting orally the computer program to be developed in Matlab after having previously submitted a functioning code. 
• The final lab report in fluid dynamics is assessed as a whole for each group (pass/fail). Individual assessment might be applied if necessary.

All activities in the courseare mandatory, except the visit at the dairy. In particular, students must answer before deadline all mini-quizzes of a part in order to be allowed to take the corresponding 10-min mini-exam. Two types of reexams are offered:
(i) before official results are reported (within two weeks after the course is over), students are given the opportunity to repeat the specific parts that they failed with grade 3 being the highest achievable score for this specific part,
(ii) students willing to get a grade higher than 3 on the part that they have not passed must repeat all assessment tasks related to this part the next time the course is given.
Students who missed one part of the course because of special circumstances will be given a chance to repeat it individually, except for the group project and laboratory. These activities will have to be carried out the next time the course is given.

The four grades attributed to the assessment tasks above are combined according to a rule of mixture to obtain the final grade.

The course B0003K is equal to KGB006.
The course is given on a basic level in the Master’s program Sustainable Process Engineering.
The study guide can be found in Fronter in the corresponding course room.

Transition terms

The course B0003K is equal to KGB006

Johanne Mouzon

Transition terms
The course B0003K is equal to KGB006

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2015 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Transport Processes and Separation Process Principles
4th Edition by Christie J. Geankoplis.
ISBN: 9780131013674 or ISBN: 9780131217607 or ISBN: 9781292026022

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

0005Oral examinations on problem solving2.3G U 3 4 5
0006Group project1.3G U 3 4 5
0007Matlab simulation1.3G U 3 4 5
0009Mini-exams1.3G U 3 4 5
0010Laboratory report1.3U G#