ENCH393-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


This is a key course in chemical engineering covering fluid mechanics and industrial applications, particle technology and heat transfer. These topics provide the knowledge and tools which enable the design and analysis of many chemical engineering processes.

The course includes the following topics:

Fluid Mechanics (S. Pang, 20L)
• Momentum conservation and Navier-Stokes Equations
• Non-Newtonian fluids and flow
• Gas-liquid two phase flow
• Filtration
• Mixing

Particles (S. Pang, 8L)
• Particles size distribution, and size measurement
• Single-particle fluid mechanics
• Fluidisation

Heat Transfer (S. Pang, 8L)
• Thermal radiation
• Heat transfer from finned surfaces
• Unsteady conduction

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge outcomes:
  • Sound understanding of fundamentals of fluid mechanics and heat transfer.
  • Application of fluid mechanics fundamentals to complex flows including non-Newtonian fluids, two-phase flow, filtration and mixing.
  • Understanding of fundamental challenges of particle processing.
  • Apply particle characterisation techniques.
  • Evaluate heat transfer problems to determine significant heat transfer resistances and simplifications of problems.
  • Apply numerical methods to heat transfer problems.
  • Develop models of heat transfer for simple problems.

    Transferable skills developed:
  • Communicating complex concepts to peers.
  • Produce clear, concise reports on complex material.
  • Design and document spreadsheets to solve complex problems.


Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 Ernest Rutherford 140 17 Feb - 5 Apr
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 15:00 - 16:00 Ernest Rutherford 140 17 Feb - 22 Mar
30 Mar - 5 Apr
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:00 - 16:00 F3 Lecture Theatre 17 Feb - 22 Mar
30 Mar - 5 Apr

Course Coordinator

Shusheng Pang


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Final Exam 66%
Assignment 1 (Momentum) 23 Mar 2020 15% (Momentum, Novier-Stock Equations and Non-Newtonian fluids)
Assignment 2: (Two-phase flow, Filtration, Mixing) 04 May 2020 9% (Two-phase flow, Filtration, Mixing)
Assignment 2a: (Particles and Fluidisation) 25 May 2020 10% (Particles and Fluidisation)


Students with concerns about the course should contact Daniel Holland, the 2nd Pro Director of Studies, or the Head of Department.

General Policies of the Department
Students may obtain the general policies of the University from the website. For example:

Special considerations: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/study/special-consideration/  

Academic Appeals of Assessments: Students with concerns about assessment processes or grades should be advised to speak first with the relevant lecturer. If the matter cannot be resolved, then the student should meet and discuss the matter with the Head of Department/School and thereafter follow the procedures outlined in the University procedures http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/media/documents/postgraduate-/Academic-Appeals-Grievances-Principles-Procedures.pdf  and regulations http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/regulations/general-regulations/academic-appeals-and-grievance-regulations/

Reconsideration of grades: If you are concerned that your final grade may be incorrect it is suggested (for CAPE) that you make an informal query to the course coordinator, but you may follow the official procedures: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/study/examinations/result-dates-and-appeals/

Disabilities: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/disability/

Relation to Other Courses
This course builds on the heat transfer and fluid mechanics concepts introduced in ENCH292 and ENCH293 in the 1st Professional Year.

Course Requirements:
Completion of all assignments, projects and tests.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $975.00

International fee $5,500.00

* 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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  • ENCH393-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020