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CHNG9203: Heat and Mass Transfer (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CHNG9203: Heat and Mass Transfer (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Professor Chen, Yuan
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: CHNG2803 OR CHNG5703.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study teaches principles of heat and mass transfer required for chemical and biomolecular engineering. It covers steady and transient conduction and diffusion, convective transport of heat and mass, and radiative heat transfer.

It runs concurrently with CHNG9201 (Fluid Mechanics) to provide students with the tools and know-how to tackle engineering problems related to transport phenomena.

This unit of study also includes a project-based study component on heat and mass transfer phenomena in biological systems and two lab sessions on heat transfer equipment.

Students will develop a physical understanding of the underlying phenomena and gain the ability to solve real heat and mass transfer problems of engineering significance.
Assumed Knowledge: Ability to understand basic principles of physical chemistry, physics and mechanics. Ability to use mathematics of calculus (including vector calculus) and linear algebra, and carry out computations with MATLAB and MS EXCEL. Ability to read widely outside of the technical literature, and to synthesise arguments based on such literature. Ability to write coherent reports and essays based on qualitative and quantitative information
Tutor/s: Wanyu (Emerald) Li:

Edward Qiu:

Alex Xue-Sen Reilly:

Scott Nelson:
Timetable: CHNG9203 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 3.00 2 13
2 Laboratory 1.00 1 2
3 Project Work - in class 2.00 1 13
4 Independent Study 5.00 13

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.

(4) Design (Level 2)
1. (8) Be able to design heat exchange equipment design using overall heat transfer coefficient, fouling factors, LMTD, F-factor, equipment selection, insulation.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 2)
2. (1) Understand the mechanisms of heat transfer without phase change, including thermal conductivity, heat capacity, conduction, convection, free/force heat transfer coefficients/correlations, radiation, and combinations thereof.

(2) Understand the mechanisms of heat transfer with phase change, including latent heat, boiling and condensation.

(3) Understand the mechanisms of mass transfer, including diffusion mass transfer, transient diffusion, interphase mass transfer.

(4) Be able to compute heat transfer rate and/or temperature distribution for processes involving heat transfer

(5) Be able to develop representative models of real processes and draw conclusion from analysis of pressure drop, fouling effects, performance evaluation (NTU), and changes in parameters.

(6) Be able to work creatively and systematically with others in ensuring correct procedures and accurate results.
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
3. (7) Be able to report findings and synthesise conclusions accurately and informatively.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Lab sessions on heat transfer equipment Yes 6.00 Multiple Weeks 2, 3,
2 Bio-heat/mass transfer essay Yes 4.00 Week 9 2, 3,
3 In-class exercises Yes 15.00 Multiple Weeks 2,
4 Homework No 15.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2,
5 Final Exam No 60.00 Exam Period 1, 2,
Assessment Description: 1. Two lab sessions

2. Technical essay

3. In-class exercises. up to 24 in-class exercises, week by week.

4. Homework. 12 take-home exercises, week by week.

5. Final exam.

The details of this assessment process for each project are presented in a separate document.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
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.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
Online Course Content: Canvas website at

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

Week Description
Week 1 Modes of heat transfer, Heat diffusion equation. Boundary and initial conditions.
Week 2 Thermal resistances, Conduction with heat generation
Week 3 Extended surface (fins), 2D conduction
Week 4 Transient conduction, Lumped capacity analysis, Semi-infinite Solid
Week 5 Convection boundary layer, Dimensionless equations
Week 6 Internal forced convection, natural convection
Week 7 Condensation, boiling
Week 8 Radiation, blackbody exchange
Week 9 Heat transfer equipment and heat exchanger calculations
Assessment Due: Bio-heat/mass transfer essay
Week 10 Introduction of tube-shell heat exchangers, design of heat exchangers
Week 11 Introduction to mass transfer, diffusion mass transfer
Week 12 Transient diffusion, convective mass transfer
Week 13 Interphase mass transfer, simultaneous heat and mass transfer
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) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2) No 0%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 2) No 0%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2) No 0%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 2) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 2) No 16.5%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 2) No 80.4%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 2) No 0%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2) No 3.1%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 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.