ENCH292-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Heat and Mass Transfer Operations

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 16 July 2018
End Date: Sunday, 18 November 2018
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 27 July 2018
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 12 October 2018


An introdution to heat-transfer and mass-transfer operations relevant to process technologies.

An introduction to the physics of heat-transfer and mass-transfer that underpin process technologies. The course is taught using a first principles basis to explain the underpinning concepts relevant to heat and mass transfer, and to illustrate similarities and differences between these processes. Examples from every day situations, as well as chemical engineering applications, are used to clarify the concepts taught in class.

This course covers the following topics:

Introduction to Heat Conduction
Introduction to Diffusion
Mathematical Concepts in Heat and Mass Transfer
    - Dimensional analysis of PDEs
    - Solution of PDEs (numerical, analytical and approximate)
Forced Convection Heat and Mass Transfer
Natural Convection Heat and Mass Transfer
A Simple Heat Exchanger

Learning Outcomes

  • At the completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • understand the fundamental principles of heat and mass transfer.
  • estimate the magnitude of rates of heat and mass transfer in different situations.
  • understand the analogy between heat, mass and momentum transfer and identify the limitations of such analysis.
  • understand and be able to apply dimensional analysis to problems of heat and mass transfer.
  • formulate and solve ordinary differential equations that describe heat and mass transfer problems.
  • build numerical models to describe one- and two-dimensional steady state problems.
  • make and test reasonable engineering approximations to simplify complex problems in heat and mass transfer.
  • select and apply appropriate correlations to solve heat and mass transfer problems.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Subject to approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry.

Course Coordinator

Daniel Holland

Students with concerns about the course should contact any of the lecturers listed above. General enquiries about the First Professional Year (200-level) study should contact the 1st Pro Director of Studies (Assoc. Prof. Ken Morison).


Course Policy on Collaboratioin and Cheating
Solving problems in small teams and collaborative learning when working on assignments is encouraged. However direct copying is plagiarism and will result in zero marks for all students involved. When assessment is distributed, you will be instructed whether the assessment is to be submitted for marking individually or as part of a pair/group. The assignments are mainly a tool to prepare you for the exams. The advice is to try them individually before collaborating in groups.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Incropera, FP, De Witt, DP, Bergman, T.L. and Lavine, A.S; Principles of Heat and Mass Transfer;

Recommended Reading

Cussler, E.L; Diffusion: Mass Transfer in Fluid Systems;

Holman, J.P; Heat Transfer;

Mills, A.F; Basic Heat and Mass Transfer;

Winterton, R.H.S; Heat Transfer;

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

Tutorials                        5%  (6 sessions, two streams, self-allocated)
Assignment 1 (pairs)     15%  Thursday 9th August
Test                             15%  Friday 17th August
Assignment 2 (pairs)     15%  Friday 3rd October
Exam                           55%  TBA

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $937.00

International fee $5,125.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Chemical and Process Engineering.

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  • ENCH292-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018