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CHNG5701: Foundation of Conservation and Transport Processes (2014 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CHNG5701: Foundation of Conservation and Transport Processes (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr. Chae, Soryong
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study is designed for postgraduate students who should be proficient at applying the basic principles of mass, energy and momentum balances to solve advanced engineering problems involving fluid flow, heat and mass transfer. Further, students will be able to perform simple dimensional analysis and to see the utility of this general approach in engineering: for example in friction factors, heat and mass-transfer correlations. Students will also develop skills in the advanced design of different types of chemical reactors, given the corresponding chemical rate law. The focus of this unit of study is to provide the key concepts and principles as tools through keynote lectures, with supporting tutorials and laboratory sessions giving valuable hands-on experience. Guidance will be provided to students to seek additional detailed information for specific applications in their projects. This unit of study runs concurrently with another enabling technology unit of study CHNG5702. These two units together will provide students with the tools and know-how to tackle the real-life engineering problems encountered in the concurrent project-based unit of study, CHNG5703. This integrated course structure is designed to help students become familiar with the multi-disciplinary nature of chemical engineering today.
Assumed Knowledge: Calculus, Computations (Matlab, Excel), Mass and Energy Balances.
Lecturer/s: Dr Huang, Jun
Dr. Chae, Soryong
Timetable: CHNG5701 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 2 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 2 13
3 Independent Study 2.00 1 13
4 Laboratory 3.00 1 2
5 Presentation 4.00 1 1
T&L Activities: Tutorial: After each lecture, there will be one hour tutorial. Students will solve various problems relevant to the topics of the lecture.

Independent Study: Students are expected to spend about 3-4 hours of ‘self directed learning’ outside the specified contact periods.

Laboratory: Groups will be allocated in week 4. Each group will conduct 2 experiments. The report should be submitted after two weeks.There will be oral presentation for one of the experiment.

Presentation: Each group will present the outcomes of their research and experimental work. It is expected that each group conduct a critical thinking and analyse the data acquired from the experiments and discuss about the errors.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Develop the skills and tools for engineering practice - advanced design of various chemical processes. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 2)
Tutorials and group projects - Problem solving skills using numerical and computational modelling tools to predict macroscopic behaviour of real systems. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
Group reports - Ability to explore and collate relevant information from various resources for decision making. Information Seeking (Level 2)
Group activities - Advanced communication skills including writing report, listening, oral presentation, calculations, and preparation of data in a graphical form. Communication (Level 2)
Group presentation and lab work. Project and Team Skills (Level 1)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 2)
1. Solving simple fluid flow, heat and mass transfer problems by using the relevant principles. In particular, the concept of a rate as a driving force divided by a resistance should be clear in the process of forming a solution to problems in this area.
2. Deriving the differential and integral forms of the continuity and momentum equations for steady/unsteady, compressible/incompressible, viscous and inviscid flows.
3. Demonstrating the use of dimensional analysis (friction factors, heat and mass-transfer correlations) in order to generalise the understanding of all these rate processes.
4. Demonstrating an understanding of the difference between random molecular movement (diffusion and conduction) and bulk flow (convection), and where these different types of transport occur, why, and how to analyse them.
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
5. Understanding fluid properties and defining a fluid.
6. Demonstrating an understanding of conservation of mass and energy.
7. Understanding the basic principles of mass, energy and momentum balances.
Information Seeking (Level 2)
8. Students will be able to explore and collate relevant information from literature, and other resources for an engineering context.
Communication (Level 2)
9. Students will be able to compile a concise, informative engineering report.
Professional Conduct (Level 1)
10. Students will be able to conduct group projects for professional reports in both written and oral English.
Assessment Methods: Note that assessment weightings below indicate relative proportions of required time and effort only, not the value of marks received. Grading in this unit is criterion-based which means that all assessment criteria must be met in order to pass the unit. All assessment items must be successfully completed.
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Tutorial No 10.00 Multiple Weeks (Thursday) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7,
2 Lab Skills Yes 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 4, 5, 9, 10,
3 Quiz No 30.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 3, 5, 6, 7,
4 Presentation/Seminar Yes 10.00 Week 13 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10,
5 Final Exam No 40.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9,
Assessment Description: Tutorial: Multiple weeks

Quiz: one quiz mid-semester, date to be announced.

Final Exam: Final examination.

Presentation/Seminar: Experiments conducted in groups and then reported as group presentation.

Lab Skills: Two experiments and two reports to be submitted two weeks after each experiment.
Grade Type Description
Criteria Based Assessment This unit as a whole is assessed on a Pass/Fail basis. Final grades are awarded at levels of SR for Satisfied Requirements or FA for Fail (replacing previous grades of R and F) as defined by Academic Board Resolutions: Assessment and Examination of Coursework. Details of Academic Board Resolutions are available on the University`s Policy website at . Criteria for grades on individual assessment tasks and on the requirements for successful completion of this unit will be supplied by the coordinator at start of semester.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Note on Resources: Lecture notes will be available on webCT

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Simple flows: Bernoulli's equation, Newton’s law of viscosity, Non Newtonian fluids, Poiseuille's Law of Flow, superposition of simple flows, singularities, flow around bodies (power law fluids), and mixing in agitated vessels. Introduction to laminar, drag and turbulence.
Mathematics of Fluids: One dimensional differential and integral forms of continuity equation, and momentum equations, understanding of inviscid flows.
From week 1-4 the following topics will covered. Fluid Statics: hydrostatic pressure equation, buoyancy principles, manometry
Correlations in Fluid Mechanics-dimensional analysis, order-of-magnitude analysis; friction factor correlations, flow and pressure measurements.
Pumping- ideal pumps, pump selection, pipe networks and net positive suction head.
Week 2 Fluid Mechanics
Week 3 Fluid mechanics
Week 4 Fluid mechanics
Week 5 Heat transfer- Introduction to Heat Balance: mechanism of heat transfer by convection and conduction.
Week 6 Heat transfer-Continued
Week 7 Quiz
Week 8 Mass transfer-Introduction to Material balance: conservation of mass, diffusion, convection.
Week 9 Mass transfer-continued
Week 10 Mass transfer-Continued
Week 11 Lecture: Reaction rate law and type of chemical reactors.
Week 12 Reaction engineering
Week 13 Revision and presentation
Assessment Due: Presentation/Seminar
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical & Biomolecular) 2013, 2014

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 2) Yes 45%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2) Yes 40%
Information Seeking (Level 2) Yes 2%
Communication (Level 2) Yes 9%
Professional Conduct (Level 1) No 4%
Project and Team Skills (Level 1) Yes 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.