About this online course

Overview

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Have you ever wondered why ventilation helps to cool down your hot chocolate? Do you know why a surfing suit keeps you warm? Why iron feels cold, while wood feels warm at room temperature? Or how air is transferred into aqueous liquids in a water treatment plant? How can we sterilize milk with the least amount of energy? How does medicine spread in our tissue? Or how do we design a new cooling tower of a power plant? All these are phenomena that involve heat transfer, mass transfer or fluid flow.

Transport Phenomena investigates such questions and many others, exploring a wide variety of applications ranging from industrial processes to environmental engineering, to transport processes in our own body and even simple daily life problems

In this course we will look into the underlying concepts of these processes, that often take place simultaneously, and will teach you how to apply them to a variety of real-life problems. You will learn how to model the processes and make quantitative statements.

What you'll learn

  • Identify heat transfer, mass transfer and fluid flow phenomena in lab, industrial and daily environment.
  • Identify quantities and subjects used in transport phenomena.
  • Use balances to solve problems.
  • Apply the concepts of transport phenomena to a variety of real life problems.
  • Make the correct assumptions to put real-life situations into mathematical model.
  • Solve and assess a model from a quantitative perspective.
  • See the world through different eyes.

Quotes on this course

"The lecture videos are awesome - short and straight to the point. Your exercises are very interesting and I enjoy solving them."

"If every course in TU Delft is similarly amazing, then it is definitely one of the best universities in the world to study engineering."

Admission

This is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that runs on edX. High School physics and basic knowledge of calculus (derivative, integral, simple differential equations) and thermodynamics (concepts of first law and second law, properties of fluids, heat effects) are required.

  • Starts: Anytime (Self-Paced)
  • Free
  • Length: Self-Paced
  • Effort: 6 - 8 hours per week / 7 weeks

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