Transport Phenomena I


To understand the fundamental physical principles involved in moment and heat phenomena transport and their mathematical description. To apply this acknowledgment in the design of equipment units used in the chemical industry.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria Margarida Canas Mendes de Almeida Cardoso


Weekly - 4

Total - 63

Teaching language



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- S. Foust, L. A Wenzel, C. W. Clump, L. Maus, L. B. Andersen, “Principles of Unit Operations”, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

- J. M Coulson & J. F. Richardson, “Tecnologia Química”, Volume I , Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian .

- R. S. Brodkey and H. C.Hershey, “Transport Phenomena – A Unified Approach”, 2nd Ed. McGraw Hill, 1989.

- transparencies and set of exercises provided by teaching staff.

Teaching method

Lectures combine the presentation of the theoretical concepts with the use of slide projection containing schematic illustrations with important aspects related to the subject and the resolution of exercises by the students. Group resolution is encouraged. At the end of each class the problem is solved.

Evaluation method

The continuous evaluation of the discipline consists of three individual tests without consultation, The tests classification worth 25%, 40% and 35% of the final grade. A minimum score of 9.5 is required on the average of the o tests.

In case the student does not have approval in the first component of continuous evaluation will have right to go to a final examination. A minimum grade of 10 (9.5) values ​​on the scale of 0 to 20 is required in the exam grade.

Subject matter

1. Transport Basic Concepts

1.1. The role of transport processes in chemical and biological systems

1.2 Equilibrium and driving forces, rate of transfer

2. Mass, Heat, and Momentum Transport by Molecular Mechanism

2.1 The general molecular transport equation and diffusivities

2.2 Newtonian fluids, non-newtonian fluids, with time dependent and time independent viscosities

3. Turbulent Transport

3.1 The Reynolds experiment,the general transport equation and eddy diffusivity, mechanism ratio analysis, dimensionless groups

3.2 Boundary layers: laminar and turbulent

3.3 Global transfer coefficients

4. Momentum Transport in Incompressible Fluids

4.1 The Bernoulli equation, pressure drops

4.2 Pumping liquids

5. Heat Transport

5.1 Conduction, convection, radiation

5.2  Condensers

5.3  Heat exchangers

5.4  Use of insulating materials