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2011/2012 Applied Sciences Master Chemical Engineering
Molecular Transport Phenomena (MTP)
Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail
Prof.dr.ir. M.T. Kreutzer    M.T.Kreutzer@tudelft.nl
Prof.dr. R.F. Mudde    R.F.Mudde@tudelft.nl
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. V. van Steijn    V.vanSteijn@tudelft.nl
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Course Contents
The classical analysis of transport phenomena finds its origin in the mass, energy and momentum balance equations. Supplementing these balance equations with the Gibbs equation a formulation of the Second Law of Thermodynamics provides a multi-scale approach to engineering concepts as controllability, stability and efficiency and leads to a quantitative route to address sustainability.

1. Microscopic scale
Force-flux framework: molecular kinetic origin; Maxwell-Stefan model; entropy production rate: minimization schemes.
2. Mesoscopic scale
Heat- and mass transfer, charge transport: conduction and diffusion: free and defect-controlled; fluid mechanics: Stokes flow, transport in flow systems; reaction-diffusion systems.
3. Macroscopic scale
Exergy: concept, minimization schemes and economy.
Controllability based on the principle of dissipation rate manipulation.
Process control based on the principle of time constant manipulation by means of dissipation rates.

Mathematical analysis methods: scaling and approximation techniques, analytical and numerical approaches.

Study Goals
After this course, the student can
1. assess and apply advanced descriptions of chemical processes at various length and time scales;
2. assess and apply optimization schemes for controllability, stability and efficiency;
3. analyze complex sets of (transport) equations using approximative scaling, analytical and numerical methods.
Education Method
Lectures and (computer) working classes
Literature and Study Materials
Lecture notes.
BSc: Transport Phenomena, Physical Chemistry, Thermodynamics

Note: it is absolutely required to have a good working understanding of BSc level transport phenomena. We will test this in the first class and organize several brush-up sessions in the first weeks for those that need a refresher
Written exam