CHME 305. Transport Operations I: Fluid Flow


1. Course number and name

CHME 305. Transport Operations I: Fluid Flow 

2. Credits and contact hours

3 credit hours = 45 contact hours per semester

3. Instructor’s or course coordinator’s name

 Dr. Reza Foudazi

4. Text book, title, author, and year

Fluid Mechanics Fundamentals and Applications, 4th Edition
Authors: by Yunus A. Cengel,‎ John M. Cimbala
Publisher: McGraw-Hill, 2018

a. other supplemental materials


5. Specific course information

a. catalog description:  Theory of momentum transport. Unified treatment via equations of change. Shell balance solution to 1-D problems in viscous flow. Analysis of chemical engineering unit operations involving fluid flow. General design and operation of fluid flow equipment and piping networks.

b. prerequisites: CHME 201, MATH 291 co-requisites: MATH 392

c. required, elective, or selected elective (as per Table 5-1): required

6. Specific goals for the course

a. The student will be able to…

  • solve applied math problems involving linear ordinary differential equations with boundary conditions;
  • solve partial differential equations that can be analytically solved with boundary condition;
  • identify how coordinate systems are used with ODEs and PDEs;
  • simplify second order PDEs with assumptions;
  • identify when an analytical solution to a PDE is possible and when numerical methods are required;
  • identify the properties of fluids;
  • calculate problems that involve pressure measurements;
  • solve fluid statics problems using the basic equation of fluid statics;
  • apply principles of fluid kinematics to differentiation among vector fields;
  • describe physical phenomena of fluid flow;
  • define and explain viscosity, density, and specific gravity;
  • calculate surface forces on static fluids;
  • differentiate between Newtonian and Non-Newtonian fluids;
  • identify laminar flow and turbulent flow;
  • calculate the Reynold’s number and it in fluid flow problems;
  • apply the Bernoulli equation to sets of fluid problems;
  • solve energy balances in the context of fluids and fluid motion;
  • distinguish between approximations of and appropriate models for Bernoulli’s Equation (i.e friction losses, pumps, compressors, turbines, surface forces, gas-liquid flow, non-Newtonian fluids, and the Moody diagram);
  • apply momentum balances using the governing equations of momentum to solve one dimensional velocity profile problems of external or internal viscous fluid flow;
  • interpret the different approximations of the momentum balance;
  • classify differential vs. integral forms of momentum analysis;
  • calculate problems using the Navier Stoke’s Equations.identify different turbo- and fluid-machinery;
  • explain why computational fluid dynamics is important;
  • solve problems using external flow with applications: boundary layers, lift, drag; and
  • calculate problems with dimensional analysis methods.

b. Criterion 3 Student Outcomes specifically addressed by this course are found in a mapping of outcomes against all CHME courses in the curriculum.

7. Brief list of topics to be covered

  • viscosity and fluid definitions
  • fluid statics
  • Bernoulli equation
  • fluid kinematics
  • velocity fields
  • Reynolds Transport Theorem
  • finite control volume analysis
  • differential analysis of fluid flow
  • dimensional analysis
  • viscous flow in pipes
  • flow over immersed bodies
  • turbomachinery

Common Syllabus Addendum

The NMSU Department of Chemical Engineering maintains a syllabus addendum containing course requirements common to all courses with the CH E prefix online.  This document is accessible from the URL: