T Th 9:30-10:45
The rate at which oxygen is transported across lung membranes, the rate at which the middle of a muffin cooks, the rate at which NOx’s are transported through the monolith structure in your car’s catalytic reactor, the rate of water evaporation from your skin when you sweat, the rate of heat removal from you by the wind (“wind chill”) and the rate at which nicotine comes out of the “patch” are examples of situations where heat and mass transfer rates are critical to the performance of devices and systems. While thermodynamics defies an overall gradient (driving force), physical properties of the material (conductivity, diffusivity) and/or details of any associated fluid flow will determine how fast the resulting heat or mass flux will be.
In this course you will examine the physics and mathematics that describe heat and mass transfer using both the differential balance equations and their integrated versions. Goals will include learning how to solve single and multi dimension conduction and diffusion problems, developing an understanding how convection enhances transport, strengthening your current understand of boundary layers and the role of convection and diffusion, learning a framework for diffusion in membranes and obtaining a rudimentary understanding of radiation. Considerable effort will be devoted to helping students see how to apply heat and mass transfer fundamentals to problems outside of the “textbook” world.
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Hour tests (tentatively: 2/17,3/31)
Final Exam (5/3, 10:30 AM)
Homework is usually assigned as groups of problems that are due on Thursday.
Discussion sections will meet almost every week and will be used for introducing example problems and answering questions related to homework.
"Minute" Quiz questions and answers
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