ENCH393-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


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 (S. Pang, 20L)
• Momentum conservation and Navier-Stokes Equations
• Non-Newtonian fluids and flow
• Gas-liquid two phase flow
• Filtration
• Mixing

Particles (S. Pang, 8L)
• Particles size distribution, and size measurement
• Single-particle fluid mechanics
• Fluidisation

Heat Transfer (S. Pang, 8L)
• 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 fundamentals of particle fluidisation and challenges of particle processing.
  • Applying particle characterisation techniques.
  • Understanding of radiation heat transfer, and evaluating heat transfer problems to determine significant heat transfer resistances and simplifications of the problems.
  • Applying numerical methods to complex heat transfer 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 / Lecturer

Shusheng Pang


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Final Exam 60%
Assignment 1 (Momentum) 31 Mar 2021 18% (Momentum, Novier-Stock Equations and Non-Newtonian fluids)
Assignment 2: (Two-phase flow, Filtration, Mixing) 17 May 2021 12%
Assignment 2a: (Particles and Fluidisation) 04 Jul 2021 10%

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Chhabra, R. P. , Richardson, J. F; Non-Newtonian flow in the process industries : fundamentals and engineering applications ; Butterworth-Heinemann, 1999.

De Nevers, Noel; Fluid mechanics for chemical engineers ; 3rd ed; McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2005.

Holland, F. A. , Bragg, R; Fluid flow for chemical engineers ; 2nd ed. ; Edward Arnold, 1995.

Mills, Anthony F; Basic heat and mass transfer ; 2nd ed; Prentice Hall, 1999.

Rhodes, M. J; Introduction to particle technology ; 2nd ed; Wiley, 2008.


Students with concerns about the course should contact Carlo Carere, the 3rd Year 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.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $986.00

International fee $5,500.00

* 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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