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Heat and Mass Transport Processes (CHEN30005)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeCHEN30005
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


This subject aims to extend the fundamental concepts of heat transfer from that covered in CHEN20009 Transport Processes to include natural and forced convection and two phase systems. Mass transfer concepts are extended to unsteady state mass transfer and Fick's Second Law, prediction of diffusivity and of mass transfer coefficients. These fundamental concepts are then applied to the design of processes and equipment including shell and tube, air-cooled and plate heat exchangers, evaporator systems, membrane devices, binary distillation systems, gas absorbers and cooling towers. Experience in the use of appropriate simulation packages such as HYSYS for exchanger and distillation column design are included. This simulation work builds on the skills developed in CHEN20011 Chemical Process Analysis .


  • Forced Convection: Use of heat transfer correlations to predict coefficients
  • Heat Exchange: concept of an overall heat transfer coefficient, fouling factors; determination of the area required for a given heat duty, Heat exchanger design. Use of simulation packages such as HYSYS and ASPEN
  • Free convection: discussion and application of Grashof Number and other dimensionless groups
  • Condensation and Boiling: Fundamentals. Evaporation: various evaporator types and their advantages and disadvantages (forced circulation, film types); multiple and single effects; backward and forward feed; boiling point elevation; mechanical recompression; evaporator energy balances
  • Mass Transfer: Unsteady state mass transfer and Fick's Second Law; prediction of diffusivity; dimensional analysis and equations of change for mass transfer
  • Distillation: single-stage separations, equilibrium flash, differential distillation; multistage separations, operating lines, reflux; binary distillation, varying reflux ratio, minimum reflux, total reflux, optimum reflux, feed plate location, side streams, open steam; tray efficiency via overall and Murphree efficiencies. Use of simulation packages such as HYSYS
  • Gas absorption: basic mass transfer mechanism; material balances, co-current and countercurrent flow, limiting L/G ratio; multistage absorption and the absorption factor method; continuous contact, transfer units, height of a transfer unit, calculation of number of transfer units. Humidification and cooling tower height calculation
  • Membrane Systems: Microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration and reverse osmosis. Gas separation systems. Robeson’s bound. Electrodialysis and pervaporation. Membrane selection.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Be able to apply the principles of heat transfer to solve heat transfer problems, particularly those involving two phase systems
  2. Be able to assess quantitatively the performance of heat exchanger and evaporation equipment
  3. Be able to apply the principles of mass transfer to solve mass transfer problems and to membrane separation processes
  4. Be able to describe the concepts of equilibrium stage and continuous contactor analysis and apply these concepts to simple distillation and gas absorption problems
  5. Be able to assess quantitatively the performance of simple, conventional distillation, gas absorption, membrane and cooling tower equipment
  6. Be able to use simulation and spreadsheet software for the basic design of heat exchangers, absorption equipment, cooling towers and distillation columns.

Generic skills

  • Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
  • In-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Ability to use a systems approach to design and operational performance.

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
CHEN20009 Transport Processes
Semester 1
Semester 2


CHEN20008 Chemical process Analysis 2

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
CHEN20011 Chemical Process Analysis
Semester 2



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

This subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Subject Coordinator and Student Equity and Disability Support.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • A written assignment (5%) of approximately 1000 words. Due in week 10, requiring approximately 5 - 6 hours of work. Intended Learning Outcome (ILO) 6 is addressed in the assignment
  • Attendance and participation in two laboratory classes held between weeks 3 - 11, each with a written assignment of approximately 1000 words (5% each) and each requiring around 4 hours of work. ILOs 2 and 4 are addressed in these laboratory classes. Assignments are due in week 8 and 12
  • One written 90-minute test (15%). ILOs 1 and 2 are addressed in the test. Held between weeks 5 - 7
  • One written 3-hour closed book end-of-semester examination (70%). ILOs 1 to 5 are addressed in the exam.

Hurdle requirement: The examination is a hurdle and must be passed to pass the subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorKathryn Mumford
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours4 x 1 hour lectures + 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week + 5 hours of laboratory work per semester + 1 x 2 hour computer practical per semester
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

    Associate Professor Kathryn Mumford

    Email: mumfordk@unimelb.edu.au

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorGang Li
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours4 x 1 hour lectures + 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week + 5 hours of laboratory work per semester + 1 x 2 hour computer practical per semester
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

    Dr Gang Li

    Email: li.g@unimelb.edu.au

Time commitment details

Estimated 170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Subject notes


    The subject will be delivered through a combination of lectures, self managed assignments, and self managed work on tutorial questions supported by tutorial classes. The assignments will focus on:

    1. Development of HYSYS simulation skills through a computer-based exercise
    2. Development of skills in MS Excel through a computer-based exercise
    3. A laboratory based exercise which will reinforce the material covered in lectures.


    Coulson, J.M.; Richardson, J.F.; Backhurst, J.R.; Harker, J.H. (1999). Coulson and Richardson's Chemical Engineering Volume 1 - Fluid Flow, Heat Transfer and Mass Transfer (6th Edition). Elsevier

    Richardson, J.F.; Harker, J.H.; Backhurst, J.R. (2002). Coulson and Richardson's Chemical Engineering Volume 2 - Particle Technology and Separation Processes (5th Edition). Elsevier.


    The skills gained in this subject are crucial to the career of a process engineer. They will be important for students wishing to progress to jobs in engineering design offices and in operational roles within a wide range of industries including petrochemicals, food processing, wastewater treatment and pulp and paper manufacture.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

    Additional information for this subject

    Subject coordinator approval required

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 10 August 2019