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Published a new course: Fluid Flow, Heat and Mass Transfer

Just published a new bachelor course Applied Earth Sciences: Fluid flow, heat and mass transfer. 

The course is from Bill Rossen, the best teacher of 2013

The course “Fluid Flow, Heat and Mass Transfer,” course number ta3220, is third-year BSc course in the program of Applied Earth Sciences at Delft University of Technology. Students in this class have already taken a course in “Transport Phenomena” in the second year, and “Fluid Flow Heat and Mass Transfer” is designed as a follow-up to that class, with an emphasis on topics of importance in applied earth sciences, and in particular to Petroleum Engineering, groundwater flow and mining.
In practice, however I start over again with first principles with this class, because the initial concepts of the shell balance are difficult for students to grasp and can always use a second time through. The course covers simple fluid mechanics problems (rectilinear flow) using shell balances, for Newtonian and power-law fluids and Bingham plastics. Turbulence for Newtonian fluids is covered in the context of friction factors for flow in pipes, flow around spheres and flow in packed beds.
In heat transfer we start again with shell balances for solving simple steady-state conduction problems. Thereafter, special attention is given to unsteady and multidimensional heat conduction, since the equations are similar for unsteady flow in aquifers and petroleum reservoirs. The concepts of orthogonal conduction and superposition are emphasized, as well as ways to treat perfectly insulated boundaries.The final topic in heat transfer is estimation of heat-transfer coefficients in flow in tubes. Although no other geometries are treated explicitly, I hope students recognize certain principles they can apply to other situations. We cover mass transfer only lightly, and only as by analogy to heat conduction: unsteady diffusion (by analogy to unsteady head conduction) and mass transfer in tubes (by analogy to heat transfer in tubes). The course seeks to emphasize intuitive and physical understanding of concepts and goes relatively lightly on math. In the study of unsteady conduction, for instance, students are not required to solve the partial differential equations, but to use and combine tabulated solutions to solve for temperature or heat transfer as a function of time in various geometries.

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