CBE 202: Advanced Transport Phenomena (offered in each Fall Semester)

CBE core course, 3 AU

Textbook: Transport Phenomena, Bird R.B., Stewart W.E., Lightfoot E.N., 2nd Edit, John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Description: The aim of this course is to enable students to i) derive appropriate differential balances for specific material properties, including momentum, thermal energy, and mass species, accounting appropriately for property flux by convective and diffusive (molecular-scale) processes, along with property generation or loss in the material continua; ii) write the Thermal Energy Equation, the Species Continuity Equation, and the Navier-Stokes Equations and pose (simplify) them appropriately for specific transport problems; iii) know appropriate boundary conditions that can be applied to specific transport problems; iv) conduct scale or dimensional analyses of transport problems, using the analyses to help simplify or enhance understanding of underlying transport processes; v) solve and physically interpret one-dimensional steady state conduction and species diffusion problems in rectangular, cylindrical, and spherical geometries, with and without zero-order and first-order generation/loss; vi) use separation of variables technique to solve and physically interpret two-dimensional steady-state conduction and species diffusion problems; vii) use similarity methods to solve and physically interpret unsteady state conduction and diffusion problems in unbounded material regions; viii) use the finite Fourier transform method to solve and interpret unsteady state conduction and diffusion problems in bounded material regions; ix) solve and physically interpret unidirectional steady and unsteady viscous flows in unbounded regions and in bounded regions (i.e. flow conduits or ducts); and x) solve and physically interpret simultaneous convection and diffusion (conduction) problems involving the interaction of thermal or concentration boundary layers with developing or developed velocity profiles.

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of fluid mechanics, heat & mass transfer, vector analysis, and differential equations.



CBE 318: Advanced separation technologies (offered in each Fall Semester)

CBE selective course, 3 AU

Textbook: Class materials

Description: Separation is the basic unit in almost all chemical, pharmaceutical, and biological plants and typically accounts for the majority capital and energy costs of these processes. The modern separation technologies include not only conventional techniques such as distillation but also fast-growing methods such as adsorption and membrane-based technologies. The latter ones have gained increasing importance in recent years because of their advantages in energy efficiency and process integration. In this course, we will use Aspen Plus as a tool to simulate a variety of conventional distillation processes, adsorption processes, and membrane-based processes. We will use timely important applications such as CO2 capture and hydrocarbon separations as case studies. Through this practice, we aim to understand a deeper understanding of the fundamental principles of separation,  process design, and chemical engineering more visibly and interactively.
Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of distillation, adsorption, membrane separation, and Aspen Plus.


Enrolled students can access course material through KAUST's Blackboard via http://portal.kaust.edu.sa