Transport Processes I: Heat and Mass Transfer

By Prof. Kumaran V   |   IISc Bangalore
Learners enrolled: 83
Physical and chemical transformations of raw materials to products are accomplished in unit operations which involve mixing, heating/cooling, reactions and flow. The efficiency of these processes is critically dependent on the transport of heat and mass carried along with flowing fluid, and across solid/fluid interfaces. The transport across interfaces is entirely due to molecular diffusion, which is the transport in a stationary fluid due to gradients in concentration or temperature. The combination of convection (transport by flowing fluids) and diffusion determine the rate of transport, and the overall efficiency, in unit operations. In this course, we will obtain a physical understanding of how the balance between convection and diffusion determines the overall transport rates in chemical processes, and gives rise to many of the empirical correlations used in chemical engineering design.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Chemical Engineering undergraduates & postgraduates equipment.
PRE-REQUISITES   : Engineering mathematics including ordinary differential equations, complex variables. Undergraduate course in Unit Operations.
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Exam Date : 24 Apr 2022 IST
Category :
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computational Thermo Fluids
  • Energy Systems
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1: Dimensional Analysis
Week 2: Diffusion.
Week 3: Transport in one dimension.
Week 4: Spherical & cylindrical coordinates
Week 5: Pressure & body forces in fluid flow
Week 6: Conservation equations.
Week 7: Diffusive transport I.
Week 8: Diffusive transport II.
Week 9: Forced convection.
Week 10: Forced & natural convection.
Week 11: Natural convection.
Week 12: Transport in turbulent flows.

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Instructor bio

Prof. Kumaran V

IISc Bangalore
Prof. V. Kumaran completed his B. Tech in Chemical Engineering at IIT Madras in 1987, and received his PhD from Cornell University, USA, in 1992. After a two year postdoctoral assignment at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, he joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, where he is now a Professor. His areas of research are fluid mechanics, statistical mechanics and dynamics of complex fluids.

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The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
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Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

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