ENCH393-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


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 following topics are taught in this course:
• Fluid Mechanics (20L):
o Momentum conservation and Navier-Stokes Equations;
o Non-Newtonian fluids and flow;
o Gas-liquid two phase flow;
o Filtration;

o Mixing and agitation.
• Particles and fluidisation (8L):
o Particle size distribution and measurements;
o Single-particle fluid mechanics;
o Fluidisation.

• Heat Transfer (8L):
o Thermal radiation heat transfer;
o Heat transfer from finned surfaces;
o Unsteady heat conduction.

Learning 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/agitation.

  • Understanding of fundamentals of particle fluidisation and challenges of particle processing.

  • Applying technics for particle characterisation.

  • Understanding of thermal radiation heat transfer and applications.

  • Evaluating heat transfer problems to determine significant heat transfer resistances and simplifications of the problems.

  • Applying numerical methods to complex heat transfer problems.


Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 E14 Lecture Theatre
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 13:00 - 14:00 Ernest Rutherford 465
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 14:00 - 15:00 E14 Lecture Theatre
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 Rehua 101 Lectorial
29 May - 4 Jun

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 18:30 - 20:30 Ernest Rutherford 465
20 Mar - 26 Mar

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Shusheng Pang


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Assignment 1 12% (Two-phase flow, Filtration, Mixing) due Week 2 of Term 2
Assignment 2: 10% (Particles and fluidisation) due Week 5 of Term 2
Final Exam 60%
TEST 20 Mar 2023 18% (Momentum, Navier-Stokes Equations and Non-Newtonian fluids) due Week 5 of Term 1

36 lectures plus 6 tutorials.

Students are expected to spend 3 hours per week reviewing lecture content and preparing for tutorials.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Chhabra, R. P. , Richardson, J. F; Non-Newtonian flow in the process industries : fundamentals and engineering applications ; Butterworth-Heinemann, 1999.

De Nevers, Noel; Fluid mechanics for chemical engineers ; 3rd ed; McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2005.

Holland, F. A. , Bragg, R; Fluid flow for chemical engineers ; 2nd ed. ; Edward Arnold, 1995.

Rhodes, M. J; Introduction to particle technology ; 2nd ed; Wiley, 2008.


Academic Policies | Herenga Akoranga

All information about academic policies (e.g. special consideration, dishonest practice) can be found on the ENCH-Undergraduate LEARN page.

This is a compulsory course for Chemical and Process Engineering.

This course builds on the heat transfer and fluid mechanics concepts and knowledge introduced in ENCH292 and ENCH293 in the 2nd Year of studies.

Course Requirements: Completion of all assignments.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,030.00

International fee $5,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, 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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