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Diffusion and Mass Transfer

Master a core field of chemical engineering by learning about transport phenomena like diffusion, convection, and mass transfer.

Diffusion and Mass Transfer

Diffusion and Mass Transfer

  • 6 weeks

  • 1 hour per week

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  • Intermediate level

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Understand and analyse transport phenomena

Transport phenomena like heat transfer, mass transfer, and momentum transfer are vital to the study of chemical engineering. Understanding them is the key to developing advanced separation techniques.

This six-week course from Taipei Medical University (TMU) provides a comprehensive overview of transport phenomena, with a particular focus on diffusion, mass transfer, and convection. Once you’ve understood the fundamentals of all three processes, you’ll learn how to analyse them using coefficient models.

Gain an introduction to diffusion, convection, and mass transfer

You’ll start the course with an overview of the basic concepts and mechanisms of three transport phenomena: diffusion, convection, and mass transfer.

You’ll explore different types of diffusion and mass transfer, learning how you can identify them in everyday life.

Solve equations using the mass transfer and diffusion coefficient models

Once you’ve understood the principles of diffusion, convection, and mass transfer, you’ll begin mastering equations for analysing them. You’ll focus on two basic models for analysis, known as the diffusion coefficient model and the mass transfer coefficient model.

By the end of the course, you’ll have a deeper understanding of essential transport phenomena, and the skills you need to undertake advanced separation techniques.

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  • Week 1

    Introduction to diffusion and mass transfer

    • Introducing mass transfer

      Conservation of mass is a technique to analyze physical systems. The first step is identifying all types of mass flows related to the control volume. Two standard models to quantify mass flux are introduced.

  • Week 2

    Diffusion in dilute solution

    • Dilute solution

      A dilute solution is one in which there is a relatively small amount of solute dissolved in the solution.

  • Week 3

    Diffusion coupled with convection

    • Diffusion convection

      Convection is the process of heat transfer through the bulk movement of molecules within fluids. The fluid can be either a gas or a liquid.

  • Week 4

    Mass transfer in different coordinates

    • Mass transfer in different coordinates

      Mass balance is an application of conservation of mass to the analysis of physical systems.

  • Week 5

    Mass transfer coefficient model

    • Coefficient model


  • Week 6

    Correlations for Mass transfer

    • Correlations


    • Assessment time

      This is the end of the course. If you wish to obtain a certificate, you can take the test. You are also welcome to leave your feedback on how you would like to apply what you have learnt in this course.

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By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the basic concept of mass transfer and diffusion
  • Identify mass transfer in daily-life applications
  • Expalin the differences between diffusion coefficient model and mass transfer coefficient model
  • Solve mass flux and concentration profiles for simple problems using the mass transfer coefficient model
  • Solve mass flux and concentration profiles for simple problems using the diffusion coefficient model
  • Investigate the complicated problems involving diffusive and convective mass transfers

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning more about a vital area of chemistry and chemical engineering.

Learners will need a basic understanding of mathematics or engineering, and the ability to solve linear algebra and differential equations.

Who will you learn with?

National Taipei University of Technology (NTUT) is the first university of science and technology in Taiwan that aims at industrial education and is famous for its engineering department.

I am an associate professor in chemical engineering at the National Taipei University of Technology in Taiwan.

Who developed the course?

Taipei Medical University

Taipei Medical University (TMU) has been a leader in Taiwan’s healthcare system for over half a century due to its research, teaching excellence, internationalization and outstanding medical service.

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