CHME 306. Transport Operations II: Heat and Mass Transfer


1. Course number and name

CHME 306. Transport Operations II: Heat and Mass Transfer

2. Credits and contact hours

4 credit hours = 60 contact hours per semester

3. Instructor’s or course coordinator’s name

Dr. Catherine Brewer, Ph.D.

4. Text book, title, author, and year

Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer, 7/E by Bergman, Lavine, Incropera, and Dewitt. ISBN 9780470501979; Wiley (2011)

a. other supplemental materials


5. Specific course information

a. catalog description:  

Theory of heat and mass transport. Unified treatment via equations of change. Analogies between heat and mass transfer. Shell balance solution to 1-D problems in heat and mass transfer. Analysis of chemical engineering unit operations involving heat transfer. Design principles for mass transfer equipment. 4 credits. Restricted to majors.

b. prerequisites: CHME 305 and MATH 392 co-requisites: CHME 392

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

6. Specific goals for the course

a. The student will…

  • Adopt a systematic problem solving approach, consistently and effectively.
  • Diagram heat flows for conductive, convective, and radiative processes.
  • Find and use material property values.
  • Convert and use appropriate units of energy, power, flux, etc.
  • Write conservation equations for planar, cylindrical and spherical systems.
  • Apply assumptions such as steady state, number of dimensions, order of magnitude, and/or constant properties to simplify conservation equations.
  • Solve the energy conservation equation for the temperature distribution using appropriate boundary and/or initial conditions.
  • Calculate heat fluxes into and out of a control volume.
  • Draw resistance circuits and calculate the overall heat transfer coefficient, U, for compound systems.
  • Calculate the temperature distribution, heat flux, efficiency, and effectiveness of extended surfaces such as fins.
  • Use lumped capacitance and exact solution models to solve transient heat transfer problems.
  • Calculate transport dimensionless numbers and explain what they represent.
  • Use fluid velocity profiles to calculate boundary layer shapes and thicknesses.
  • Calculate convection heat transfer coefficient, h, for external and internal flows using formulas and graphs of experimental results.
  • Explain the causes and relative magnitudes of free convection.
  • Calculate free convection coefficients using equations and experimental results.
  • Label key regimes and heat transfer features of boiling and condensation curves.
  • Compare and contrast parallel, cross, and countercurrent flow in heat exchangers.
  • Determine the needed surface areas and/or fluid flow rates for heat exchangers given unit operation or process energy needs.
  • Calculate and explain heat exchanger efficiency.
  • Predict likelihood and account for consequences of fouling.
  • Define radiation terminology such as blackbody, grey surface, emissivity, etc.
  • Relate surface temperature to radiation wavelength and energy.
  • Calculate the view factor between two surfaces and use it to calculate heat transfer.
  • Write and solve the mass and molar forms of the 1-D mass conservation equations.
  • Calculate absolute and relative species velocities and fluxes.
  • Use heat transfer relationships and analogous equations to solve diffusion and advection mass transfer problems.
  • Predict which kind(s) of heat transfer will be relevant for a given situation.
  • Describe implications of problem solutions and perform additional “what if” calculations to understand patterns in the “bigger picture”.

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

  • modes of heat transfer
  • steady state, 1-D conduction
  • 2-D conduction
  • transient conduction
  • extended surfaces
  • boundary layers
  • forced convection
  • natural convection
  • convection with phase change
  • heat exchangers
  • radiation science
  • radiation exchange
  • 1-D mass diffusion
  • mass fractions and concentrations

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: