Oct 21st 2016

The Basics of Transport Phenomena (edX)

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Learn the basic framework to work on a broad spectrum of engineering problems concerning transfer of heat, mass and momentum. Learn through examples of everyday processes at home, in the lab and in industry.

Have you ever wondered why ventilation helps to cool down your hot chocolate? Do you know why a surfing suit keeps you warm? Why iron feels cold, while wood feels warm at room temperature? Or how air is transferred into aqueous liquids in a water treatment plant? How can we sterilize milk with the least amount of energy? How does medicine spread in our tissue? Or how do we design a new cooling tower of a power plant? All these are phenomena that involve heat transfer, mass transfer or fluid flow.

Transport Phenomena investigates such questions and many others, exploring a wide variety of applications ranging from industrial processes to environmental engineering, to transport processes in our own body and even simple daily life problems

In this course we will look into the underlying concepts of these processes, that often take place simultaneously, and will teach you how to apply them to a variety of real-life problems. You will learn how to model the processes and make quantitative statements.

What you'll learn:

- Identify heat transfer, mass transfer and fluid flow phenomena in lab, industrial and daily environment.

- Identify quantities and subjects used in transport phenomena.

- Use balances to solve problems.

- Apply the concepts of transport phenomena to a variety of real life problems.

- Make the correct assumptions to put real-life situations into mathematical model.

- Solve and assess a model from a quantitative perspective.

- See the world through different eyes.