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Pediment Graduate Course In Transport Phenomena

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Novel Courses for CHEs

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8.920.1 - 8.920.8

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William Krantz

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Session 1313

Pediment Graduate Course in Transport Phenomena

William B. Krantz

Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH 45221-0171


The classical approach to teaching transport phenomena has been to develop the appropriate form of the equations-of-motion or conservation equations and then to explore various solutions to these equations. Transport phenomena textbooks typically focus on relatively straightforward problems that admit analytical or simple numerical solutions. However, with the rapid advance in packaged software for solving complex coupled nonlinear differential equations, there is a need to place more emphasis in a graduate-level transport course on model development rather than problem-solving techniques. This paper outlines the organization of a graduate-level course in fluid dynamics and heat transfer that addresses this need. Systematic scaling analysis is used to develop idealized models such as creeping, lubrication, and boundary-layer flows, quasi- steady-state transport, film and penetration theory, etc. This pediment course also provides an introduction to advanced topics such as porous and permeable media flows, free surface flows, moving boundary problems, ‘jump’ boundary conditions, non-material surfaces, and interfacial flows. The ABET 2000 outcomes addressed in this course are identified and the assessment of student achievement towards these outcomes is summarized.

1 Introduction

This paper discusses the pediment graduate course ‘Transport Phenomena I’ in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Cincinnati (UC). It covers fluid dynamics and heat transfer during the Fall Quarter (UC is on a quarter rather than semester system). Transport Phenomena II covers mass transfer and is offered during the Winter Quarter. Transport Phenomena I is required for all graduate students in chemical engineering and is a technical elective for seniors. Typical enrollment is 20-30 graduate students and 2-5 seniors. The course involves 30 fifty-minute lecture periods, weekly homework assignments, and mid-term and final examinations. The required textbook, Transport Phenomena by Bird et al. [1], is supplemented by approximately 200 pages of word-processed notes. Weekly office hours are scheduled. The Blackboard® utility is used to provide a 24-hpd discussion forum and as a means to disseminate lecture notes, problem sets, and homework and exam solutions.

The course goals are: (1) to learn the language of continuum mechanics; (2) to develop an enhanced understanding of fluid dynamics and heat transfer; and (3) to learn the requisite skills to develop viable models. The course methodology involves: (1) motivating via example problems; (2) utilizing novel pedagogical tools to interrelate topics; and (3) assigning open-

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Krantz, W. (2003, June), Pediment Graduate Course In Transport Phenomena Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.

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