ENCH393-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 February 2019
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 1 March 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 10 May 2019


This is a key course in chemical engineering covering fluid mechanics and industrial applications, particle technology and heat transfer. These topics provide the knowledge and tools which enable the design and analysis of many chemical engineering processes.

The course includes the following topics:

Fluid Mechanics (Janet DeGrazia, 20L, 5 Assignments, 1 Exam)
• Momentum and Navier-Stokes Equations
• Non-Newtonian fluids and flow
• Gas-liquid two phase flow
• Filtration
• Mixing

Particles (Janet DeGrazia, 8L, 2 Assignments, Exam)
• Particles size distribution, and size measurement
• Single-particle fluid mechanics
• Fluidisation

Heat Transfer (Janet DeGrazia, 8L, 2 Assignments)
• Thermal radiation
• Heat transfer from finned surfaces
• Unsteady conduction

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge outcomes:
  • Sound understanding of fundamentals of fluid mechanics and heat transfer.
  • Application of fluid mechanics fundamentals to complex flows including non-Newtonian fluids, two-phase flow, filtration and mixing.
  • Understanding of fundamental challenges of particle processing.
  • Apply particle characterisation techniques.
  • Evaluate heat transfer problems to determine significant heat transfer resistances and simplifications of problems.
  • Apply numerical methods to heat transfer problems.
  • Develop models of heat transfer for simple problems.

    Transferable skills developed:
  • Communicating complex concepts to peers.
  • Produce clear, concise reports on complex material.
  • Design and document spreadsheets to solve complex problems.


Course Coordinator

For further information see Chemical and Process Engineering Head of Department


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Final Exam 55%
Assignment 1 (Momentum) 27 Feb 2019 2%
Assignment 2: (Conservation of Mass/Momentum)) 06 Mar 2019 2%
Assignment 3: (Non-Newtonian fluids) 13 Mar 2019 2%
Test 1 26 Mar 2019 12%
Assignment 4 (Two-phase flow) 27 Mar 2019 2%
Assignment 5 (Filtration) 03 Apr 2019 2%
Assignment 6 (Mixing) 01 May 2019 2%
Assignment 7 (Particles/fluidisation) 13 May 2019 2%
Test 2 15 May 2019 15%
Assignment 8 (Radiation) 22 May 2019 2%
Assignment 9 (Transient heat transfer) 30 May 2019 2%


Students with concerns about the course should contact Daniel Holland, the 2nd Pro Director of Studies, or the Head of Department.

General Policies of the Department
Students may obtain the general policies of the University from the website. For example:

Special considerations: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/study/special-consideration/  

Academic Appeals of Assessments: Students with concerns about assessment processes or grades should be advised to speak first with the relevant lecturer. If the matter cannot be resolved, then the student should meet and discuss the matter with the Head of Department/School and thereafter follow the procedures outlined in the University procedures http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/media/documents/postgraduate-/Academic-Appeals-Grievances-Principles-Procedures.pdf  and regulations http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/regulations/general-regulations/academic-appeals-and-grievance-regulations/

Reconsideration of grades: If you are concerned that your final grade may be incorrect it is suggested (for CAPE) that you make an informal query to the course coordinator, but you may follow the official procedures: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/study/examinations/result-dates-and-appeals/

Disabilities: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/disability/

Relation to Other Courses
This course builds on the heat transfer and fluid mechanics concepts introduced in ENCH292 and ENCH293 in the 1st Professional Year.

Course Requirements:
Completion of all assignments, projects and tests.

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

• Assignment 1 (Momentum) Due 27th February 2%
• Assignment 2 (Conservation of Mass/Momentum) Due 6th March 2%
• Assignment 3 (Non-Newtonian fluids) Due 18th March 2%
• Test 1 26th March 12%
• Assignment 4 (Two-phase flow) Due 27th March 2%
• Assignment 5 (Filtration) Due 3rd April 2%
• Assignment 6 (Mixing) Due 1st May 2%
• Assignment 7 (Particles/fluidisation) Due 13th May 2%
• Test 2 15th May 15%
• Assignment 8 (Radiation) Due 22nd May 2%
• Assignment 9 (Transient heat transfer) Due 30th May 2%
• Final Exam  2 hours   55%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $956.00

International fee $5,250.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Chemical and Process Engineering .

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