Conservation and Transport Processes (CHNG2801)


In the design and analysis of chemical processes, chemical engineers have to understand integrated concepts in conservation of mass and energy, properties of fluids, heat transfer and the mass transfer of chemical species through the processes. This is true not only in traditional chemical engineering areas such as petrochemicals, but also for emerging fields like micro-reactors and biotechnology. This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts in transport phenomena necessary for subsequent courses ranging from unit operations to reactor design and reaction kinetics. The course builds on concepts from elementary physics and chemistry, as well as calculus and differential equations.
This module will provide students with working knowledge of conservation of mass and energy, momentum, mass and energy transfer, and non-reaction rate processes. These aspects are a first step to the understanding of transport phenomena. It considers the classification of fluids and their properties. The integral and differential forms of the fundamental equations- continuity, momentum and energy equations are studied. The concepts of transfer rates of momentum, heat and mass as functions of appropriate driving forces divided by appropriate resistances will be introduced. The way in which such resistances and driving forces are defined will be reviewed. An aim of this unit of study is to provide theoretical support for other core units of study, particularly CHNG2803, through being able to apply the principles of conservation and transport processes to any problem. This unit of study also uses techniques that will be taught in CHNG2802, particularly the techniques for predicting the flows in piping networks.

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Lectures, Tutorials, Laboratories, Presentation


Through semester assessment (60%) and Final Exam (40%)

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Unit of study rules


(MATH1001 OR MATH1901) AND (MATH1002 OR MATH1902) AND (MATH1003 OR MATH1903) AND (MATH1005 OR MATH1905) AND CHNG1103 AND (CHEM1101 OR CHEM1901 OR CHEM1903) AND (CHEM1102 OR CHEM1902 OR CHEM1904 OR AMME1961 OR ENGG1960)

Assumed knowledge

Calculus, Computations (Matlab, Excel), Mass and Energy Balances.


(CHNG2802 OR ELEC1103) AND CHNG2803

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.