Course Title: Advanced Mass and Heat Transfer

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Mass and Heat Transfer

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007

Course Coordinator: Dr. Raj Parthasarathy

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99252941

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 7.2.2

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre-requisite for Mass Transfer part of the course:
PROC 2053 - Mass Transfer and Separation Processes

Pre-requisite for Heat Transfer part of the course:
PROC 2045 - Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer

Course Description

This course helps to develop skills in the process design of mass transfer operations of drying, crystallization, and multicomponent distillation. Training will also be provided to simulate selected mass transfer operations using HYSYS flowsheeting software. The heat transfer section of the course will involve a review of heat transfer principles and their application in solving real life and industrial heat transfer problems.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will help you to develop your capabilities in analysing engineering problems in mass & heat transfer and solving them using manual calculations and commercial software. It will also help you to enhance your written and oral communication skills, and appreciate social, environmental, ethical, economic and sustainability aspects in process design.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

• design process equipment for mass transfer operations of drying, crystallization, and multicomponent distillation.
• perform material and energy balance calculations, sensitivity analysis and physical properties estimation using ’Hysys’ flow sheeting software
• solve problems involving steady and unsteady-state heat flows in solids with different boundary conditions
• solve problems involving extended surfaces (fins)
• solve problems involving thermal radiation in an enclosure with a radiating gas
• use a software package to analyse and optimise a heat exchanger
• use a systems based approach in solving problems
• illustrate creative and innovative ability in problem formulation and synthesis of solutions
• use engineering judgment in practice when appropriate

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use lectures, interactive tutorials, and directed reading to develop your knowledge and skills in selected topics. Lectures will provide a guide to the scope of practical learning whereas tutorials will provide examples and guidance in calculation methods. Computer simulation tutorials will provide examples and techniques for solving selected engineering problems.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources for this course include prescribed text books and course notes. In addition, a number of other text books and journals could be referred for the course topics. The details of prescribed text books will be made available in Part B of this course guide and in RMIT distributed learning system (DLS). Course notes may be made available through DLS or RMIT bookshop.

Overview of Assessment

Both written and oral assessment components will be used in the evaluation of your learning in this course. Written components will include assignments and final examination and they will assess your ability to solve mass and heat transfer problems using key principles. Oral assessments will examine your understanding and knowledge on the fundamentals of course topics.