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Introduction to Transport Phenomena


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  • Unique, simplified mathematical approach.
    • Orients course to the simplest of transport processes, employing differential equation solver to solve complex transport problems. Ex.___

  • Separate chapter on similarity analysis.
    • Students learn WHY the various dimensionless parameters appear in empirical correlations. Ex.___

  • Extension of transport principals to macroscopic calculations of momentum, heat, and mass transfer.
    • Enables students to see the connection between transport phenomena and macroscopic calculations, thus eliminating the tendency to treat the two approaches as separate subject matter. Ex.___

  • Self-contained description of transfer coefficients and their relationships to molecular and convective transport.
    • Students see that transfer coefficients are defined, dimensionless dependent variables that can be either calculated (simple flow systems) or measured (complex flow systems). Ex.___


  • Copyright 2000
  • Dimensions: 6 x 9
  • Pages: 509
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-454828-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-454828-9


  • Transport phenomena: Fundamental concepts and problem solving
  • Transport phenomena: basic principles and laws
  • Molecular and convective transport
  • Similarity analysis, transfer coefficients, and other key concepts
  • Use differential equation solvers to solve complex transport problems

This book is a true introduction to transport phenomena that presents all basic principles with a minimum of mathematical complexity. Readers will only need to know the basics of differential equations, and how to use a differential equation solver such as Matlab or ACSL.

Professor William J. Thomson emphasizes the formulation of differential equations to describe physical problems, helping readers understand what they are doing-and why. The solutions are either simple (separable, linear second order) or derivable with a differential equation solver.

Thomson begins with a detailed introduction to molecular transport, including the basic underlying laws, one-dimensional molecular energy transport, molecular mass and momentum transport principles, and transport coefficients. Each major similarity analysis technique is covered, including dimensionless groups in molecular transport, dimensionless differential transforms, and similarity transforms.

In Part II, Thomson reviews convective transport, presenting a straightforward description of turbulence, and introducing the fundamental concept of transfer coefficients. Building on previous coverage, he then addresses the macroscopic calculation issues associated with momentum, heat, and mass transfer-enabling readers to solve even complex gas absorption and cooling tower problems.

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Table of Contents


 1. The Nature of Transport Phenomena.
 2. Transport Phenomena Laws.
 3. One-Dimensional Molecular Energy Transport.
 4. Molecular Mass Transport.
 5. Molecular Momentum Transport.
 6. The Transport Coefficients.
 7. Similarity Analyses.


 8. Convective Transport in Laminar Flow.
 9. Turbulent Transport.
10. Transfer Coefficients.


11. Macroscopic Calculations: Momentum Transport.
12. Macroscopic Calculations: Energy Transport.
13. Macroscopic Calculations: Mass Transfer.
Appendix A. Generalized Equations of Change.
Appendix B. Using MATLAB ODE.
Appendix C. Lennard-Jones Parameters and Collision Integrals.
Appendix D. The Error Function.
Appendix E: Viscosity, Thermal Conductivity Data.
Appendix F. Conversion Factors.


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