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2017/2018 Universiteitsdienst MOOCs for Credits
Transport Phenomena (MOOC)
Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail
Dr. P.J. Hamersma    P.J.Hamersma@tudelft.nl
Prof.dr. R.F. Mudde    R.F.Mudde@tudelft.nl
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x
Required study period: September 11-December 15, 2017 (week 37-50)
Education Period
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Exam Period
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Expected prior knowledge
Basic knowledge of calculus (derivative, integral, simple differential equations) and thermodynamics (concepts of first law and second law, properties of fluids, heat effects). This course targets students who are in the last phase of or have completed a bachelor in engineering, science.
Course Contents
The Basics of Transport Phenomena
Week 1: Mass Balances (overall and component balances)
Week 2: Energy balances (thermal and mechanical balance)
Week 3: Drag force (dimension analysis and flow around objects)
Week 4: Heat and mass transfer (steady-state 1-D conduction and diffusion)
Week 5: Newton’s law of cooling (Including overall transfer coefficient and resistance)
Week 6: Unsteady heat conduction and diffusion (penetration theory as well as heat transfer for long times)
Week 7: Heat Exchanger (industrial fermenter)

Advanced Transport Phenomena
Week 1: Microbalances in Transport Phenomena
Week 2: The momentum balance
Week 3: Convective heat and mass transport (analogy)
Week 4: Mass transfer (partition coefficient and wet-bulb temperature)
Week 5: Laminar flow (Newtonian and non-Newtonian)
Week 6: Radiation (Stefan-Boltzmann)
Study Goals
1. The student is familiar with the nomenclature and basic concept of transport phenomena,
2. The student is familiar with the general concept of setting up mass, energy and momentum balances and is able to apply these to real life problems
3. The student is able to model steady-state and unsteady-state conduction and diffusion problems
4. The student is able to make the right assumptions to model real life industrial problems, to solve basic problems and to identify how realistic the answer is.
Education Method
This is an online course where the content is used of two MOOCs: The Basics of Transport Phenomena and Advanced Transport Phenomena. Each week contains video’s with theory and exercises with some feedback. Parallel to this chat sessions will be organized on a regular basis.
Please be aware that this is an intensive course, requiring time and effort from the participants. 1 ECTS equals 28 hours, so the total study load is 128 hours. It is important to study the courses material, book and make all the assignments to prepare yourself for the exam.
Required study period is September 11 - December 15, 2017.
Literature and Study Materials
All materials you need will be freely available in this MOOC. But, if you really want to dive into the subjects of this Transport Phenomena course it is recommended to study the book written by Harry van den Akker and Robert Mudde. Book: ‘Transport Phenomena – The Art of Balancing’, Harry van den Akker, Robert Mudde. ISBN 9789065623584 – 2014.
The assessment of this course consists of two tests. One midterm test in week 44(exact date and time to be announced) and a final exam in week 51 ( exact date and time to be announced).
Both exams are three hour exams (open questions). The midterm exam counts for 30% towards the final grade. The final exam covers all modules (so both MOOCs) and counts towards 70% of the final grade. A resit of the final exam is organised in the last week of January 2018.
The midterm test will be a three hour digital exam. The final exam is a three hour seated exam which will be organized locally at your university and will be held at the same moment for all students from the participating universities. We will try to schedule a convenient time slot for all participants.
Enrolment / Application
This course is open for a limited number of students from TU Delft and partner universities who are participating in the ‘Credits for MOOCs’ project.
TU Delft students: For more information and the application procedure see: http://www.tudelft.nl/creditsformoocs
Other interested students: Please contact your home university for more information. TU Delft will not accept applications from individual students.
Special Information
To enrich the portfolio of students the TU Delft and other leading universities started the ‘Credits for MOOCs’ project. Students should be able to benefit from the available MOOCs offered by experts in the field by incorporating these MOOCs in their study programme.
TU Delft now offers about 10 MOOCS in this project.
This course is offered completely online. It covers the same topics as the Dutch course ‘Fysische Transportverschijnselen’ (6EC). Note that students of the TU Delft bachelors Life Science and Technology, Molecular Science and Technology and Applied Physics cannot participate in the UD9006 course, but have to follow the on campus course of their own programme.