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Modeling of mass, energy, and momentum transport.

Professional Certificate in
Transport Phenomena

What you will learn

  • The procedure for the preparation of a mass, energy, and momentum balance and to apply this to practical situations.
  • To define the transport mechanisms.
  • To apply the knowledge gained from the MOOC to examples from physical/chemical practice.
  • To make the right assumptions for modeling these practical examples.
  • To construct quantitative models.
  • To assess the feasibility of certain choices.

The transport of mass, momentum and energy are key aspects of nature and in our daily life. These phenomena are therefore the cornerstone of almost all (if not all) process industries, from traditional mechanical and chemical engineering through state-of-the-art or future energy industries such as semiconductor production or wind-turbine manufacture. Anyone embarking on a career in these industries, will have to be adept at:

  • recognizing the fundamental elements in existing industry processes
  • analyzing these processes in a mathematical way
  • improving these processes by redesigning them

This program offers the chance for the participant to understand the fundamental transport processes, learn how to model these processes and apply the knowledge gained from this modeling to new examples/cases.

The program starts by demonstrating the role of balance equations in capturing a dynamic transport process. Subsequently, macro-scale processes are analyzed and modeled using the balance equations. Examples are drawn from mass transport, heat transfer and momentum transfer. Following this, a new type of balance equation, called micro-balance, is introduced to cover the most fundamental laws of transport phenomena. The program will also include many case studies of applications of these methods in various industries, including a heat exchanger in chemical process industry, and, dissolution time of a tablet in water from the pharmaceutical industry.

The content taught in this program is structured in a particular way so that:

  • the physical example or principle is taught first
  • it is then converted to a mathematical formulation
  • the mathematical equation is solved
  • the physical significance of the result is interpreted from the solution.

The learner will benefit because of the dual perspective of the program: learning the fundamentals as well as making practical applications. In both the academic world and in industry, mastering one aspect is not enough, as it is usually necessary to model both fundamentals and applications.

A program subscription gives you full verified access to all courses and materials within the program you’ve enrolled in, for as long as your subscription is active. Monthly subscription pricing can help you manage your enrollment costs — instead of paying more up front, you pay a smaller amount per month for only as long as you need access. You can cancel your subscription at any time for no additional fee.

Expert instruction
2 skill-building courses
Progress at your own speed
3 months
7 - 9 hours per week
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Courses in this program

  1. DelftX's Transport Phenomena Professional Certificate

  2. 6–8 hours per week, for 7 weeks

    Learn the basic framework to work on a broad spectrum of engineering problems concerning transfer of heat, mass and momentum. Learn through examples of everyday processes at home, in the lab and in industry.

  3. 8–10 hours per week, for 6 weeks

    Learn how to tackle complex mass and heat transfer problems and apply the results in your own environment.

    • All process engineering jobs in mechanical, chemical, and metallurgical engineering essentially require an understanding of fundamental transport phenomena.
    • Renewable resources industries, which are flourishing in most parts of the world, require impeccable knowledge of transport processes.

Meet your instructors
from Delft University of Technology (DelftX)

Bijoy Bera
Assistant professor
Delft University of Technology
Robert Mudde
Professor of Multiphase Flow at Chemical Engineering
Delft University of Technology
Peter Hamersma
Associate professor in the Dept. of Chemical Engineering
Delft University of Technology

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