TRANSFER PROCESSES - 2023/4
Module code: ENG2109
This module aligns with the following Pillars of the Surrey Curriculum Framework:
- Resourcefulness and resilience.
Mass Transfer: Mass transfer is essential knowledge for chemical engineers, governing the underlying operations in many industrial processes involving, for example, separation and reaction. The purpose of the module is to introduce students to mechanistic and semi-empirical descriptions of mass transfer, and to apply such understanding to the design of process such as gas absorption and drying.
Fluid mechanics: The main part of the syllabus concentrates on developing the student’s understanding of internal flows. Knowledge of turbulent flow is extended by the introduction of the Universal Velocity Profile. Furthermore, more complex flows, which may include multiple phases or compressibility, are introduced. The issues of drag and terminal velocity of particles is tackled and the features and flow of some non-Newtonian fluids discussed.
A short introduction is given on the simulation of real-life Mass-Transfer and Fluid Mechanics problems using commercial software.
Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
CHEN Tao (Chst Chm Eng)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 5
JACs code: H800
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 93
Lecture Hours: 11
Tutorial Hours: 11
Guided Learning: 11
Captured Content: 24
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
Introduction to mass transfer
- Molecular diffusion: Fick's law
- General case of diffusion with bulk (convective) flow
- Stefan's law
- Diffusivity determination and prediction
- Mass transfer coefficients; mass transfer correlations
- Momentum, heat and mass transfer analogies; J-factor analogy
Mass transfer across interfaces
- Whitman two-film theory
- Gas-liquid equilibria; Henry's law
- Overall driving force and overall mass transfer coefficients
- Film control and design implications
Absorber and stripper design
- Industrial processes: staged vs. continuous contact equipment
- Hydrodynamic considerations: loading, flooding, pressure drop
- Absorber / stripper design equations: height and number of gas-transfer units; graphical and analytical solutions
- Other contact configurations: well-mixed flow; co-current flow; extension of concepts to liquid-liquid systems
Diffusion in solids
- Pore diffusion: molecular, Knudsen, configurational
- Effective diffusivity
- Diffusion through non-porous solids; membranes
Drying of particulate solids
- Drying principles, mechanisms and drying terminology
- Type of dryers; for solids, pastes, solutions, and slurries
- Drying rate curves and kinetics
- Characterisation of wet gas streams: humidity definitions; humid heat; enthalpy; humid volume; adiabatic saturation and wet-bulb temperatures; psychrometric ratio; psychrometric charts
- Basic design of dryers and drying time
- Simultaneous heat and mass transfer in dryers
Turbulent flow in a pipe
- Revision of 1/7th power law
- The universal velocity profile.
- Eddy viscosity and its link to eddy diffusivity
- Mixing of fluids
Two phase gas-liquid flow in pipes
- Flow pattern maps in horizontal and vertical flow
- Pressure differences (incl. Method of Lockhart and Martinelli)
Equipment for pumping gases
- Types and their characteristics
- Reminder of inter-cooling
- Surge and recycle
Compressible flow of gases
- Reminder of basic equations (Continuity, Ideal Gas law, adiabatic equations, steady flow energy equation)
- Isothermal compressible flow in pipelines (density changes, speed of sound, choking)
- Isentropic compressible flow through valves (density changes, speed of sound, choking, existence of shock waves). How to predict whether a valve is choked. Calculation of relief valve capacity
- When is a flow likely to be isothermal or isentropic? Mention of polytropic flows.
- Brief discussion of convergent-divergent nozzles.
- Drag coefficients for a sphere
- Force balance for a sphere in free fall
- Equations for terminal velocity
Non-Newtonian Fluids including Colloids
- Types of non-Newtonian behaviour
- Van der Waals’ forces and colloidal rheology
- Internal flow of non-Newtonian fluids
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Examination||2 hr Invigilated Exam||80|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the full range of learning outcomes though the balanced mixture of lecture and tutorial/problem classes coupled with the carefully graded tutorial problems which reflect current industrial practice.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
- Coursework – 20% (Mass Transfer). Absorption column/dryer design calculations (LO2/LO5)
- Examination – 80% (weighted 48% to Mass Transfer and 32% to Fluid Mechanics), 2 hours (LO1 – LO9)
- Mass transfer class test (LO1, LO2, LO4, LO5)
- Randomised multiple choice tests on SurreyLearn (LO6, LO7, LO8)
- Weekly verbal feedback during tutorial classes (LO1 – LO9)
- Written feedback on Coursework (LO2)
- Verbal feedback at the end of the formative class test (LO1, LO2, LO4, LO5)
- Introduce the key concepts of mass transfer operations in Chemical Engineering, with a specific focus on gas-liquid and gas-solid systems.
- Provide the knowledge and skills to undertake the specification and design of absorption columns (i.e. continuous diffusional contact devices).
- Provide the knowledge and skills to undertake the specification and design of drying operations.
- Provide students further and deeper understanding of fluid flows in Chemical Engineering.
|001||Describe the key principles of, and modelling approaches to, mass transfer in fluid-fluid and fluid-solid system.||KCT|
|002||Design absorption and stripping equipment based on continuous diffusional contact.||KCP|
|003||Develop general mathematical models for mass transfer in different phase-contact and phase-flow situations.||KC|
|004||Describe the drying mechanisms of particulate solids and the classification of drying operations.||KC|
|005||Formulate, solve and use the governing equations for designing batch and continuous dryers.||KCP|
|006||Explain the physics behind turbulent flow in a pipe and how that affects the velocity profile, the fluid friction at a pipe wall||KC|
|007||Explain the physics behind non-Newtonian flows, describe the most common rheological models and describe colloidal suspensions||KC|
|008||Describe the key steps involved in setting up a numerical simulation of real-life Mass-Transfer and Fluid Mechanics problems using commercial software.||KPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
- Carefully cover in lectures the necessary fundamental material and analytical techniques, and demonstrate concepts with appropriate (and where possible practical) examples
- Allow students adequate time to practice the techniques using a large number of carefully selected tutorial problems.
The learning and teaching methods include:
- Lectures 1 hour per week for 11 weeks
- Tutorial/Problem Classes 1 hour per week for 11 weeks
- Independent learning 8 hours per week for 12 weeks (average)
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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- Employability: This module develops students’ skills and knowledge in fundamentals of mass transfer and fluid mechanics, and their application to the design of units widely used in chemical manufacturing plants, including absorbers and strippers, dryers, pipes and pumps. With a working knowledge of how industrial systems operate, the students will be capable of designing new systems in many process industries where sustainability, energy efficiency and economic measures are the key. Therefore, the module will provide students with the basic knowledge essential to act as professional engineers and serve society with the technical expertise required for their prospective roles and responsibilities.
- Digital Capabilities: Digital and computational tools, including numeric integration, equation solving, optimisation, statistics, data analytics, etc., are applied in this module, which helps students to engage with the digital platforms and improve their skills in this area.
- Sustainability: This module embeds sustainability considerations as a key element in designing and operating the units in a typical chemical manufacturing plant. It also contains the basic design elements for utility services and separation unit operations, which are key aspects for developing sustainable production systems in chemical engineering and environmental protection.
Programmes this module appears in
|Chemical and Petroleum Engineering BEng (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Chemical and Petroleum Engineering MEng||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Chemical Engineering BEng (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Chemical Engineering MEng||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2023/4 academic year.