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CHE611A: Transport Phenomena

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the underlying foundations of continuum mechanics, with specific emphasis on transport processes of fluid flow, heat and mass transfer.

Course Content

  • Continuum description of equations governing transport processes of fluid flow, heat and mass transfer will be derived.
  • Eulerian and Lagrangian frames of reference and their interconversion using the celebrated Reynolds transport theorem will be introduced.
  • Derivation of Cauchy momentum equation, Navier-Stokes, energy, and species balance will be carried out.
  • The importance of scaling will be elucidated with several working examples.
  • The course will be aimed at mathematical formulation of transport processes; there will be a strong emphasis on arriving at analytical solutions by means of similarity transformation, vector harmonics, perturbation methods as well as the method of asymptotic matching.
  • Isothermal as well as non-isothermal equations of change will be dealt with, along with specific examples.
  • Lorentz reciprocal theorem to arrive at integrated surface transport characteristics on non-convenient geometries will be introduced.