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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Transport Processes
Module Code BE223
School School of Biotechnology
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Brian Freeland
Semester 2: Brian Freeland
Autumn: Brian Freeland
Module TeachersPaula Meleady
Brian Freeland
Denise Harold
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

This modules gives the student an introduction to the basic principles and applications of fluid flow, heat transfer and mass transfer in the context of modern bioprocessing technology.

Learning Outcomes

1. Perform simple calculations involving flows and pressures.
2. Apply the continuity and Bernoulli equations to simple fluid flow problems.
3. Understand the principles of flow measurement and the pumping of fluids
4. Compute the friction factor using the Colbrook-White equation and Excel Solver
5. Formulate and solve simple problems involving heat conduction in planar and cylindrical geometries.
6. Formulate simple conductive heat transfer problems in terms of single-phase and overall heat transfer coefficients.
7. Design a double pipe heat exchanger using the log-mean temperature difference.
8. Formulate and solve simple problems involving mass diffusion in planar geometry.
9. Formulate and apply the equations for gas-liquid mass transfer in bioreactors

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Online activity12Online Asynchronous Lectures and Viewing of Online Resources
Independent Study12Completion of Problem Sets
Online activity6Online synchronous tutorials (solutions to problem sets)
Independent Study6Completion of revision problem set
Independent Study3Study of solutions to revision problems
Independent Study86Independent revision and practice
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Flows, pressures, units and dimensions, Reynolds number

Problem solving using the continuity and Bernoulli equations

Flow measurement, friction losses and pumps

Principles and applications of conduction

Problem-solving using single phase and overall heat transfer coefficients

Design of Heat Exchangers

Diffusion in planar geometry

Overall and single phase mass transfer coefficients

Mass transfer in gas-liquid systems and dialysis.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment50% Examination Weight50%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
In Class TestHeat and Mass Transfer Test20%n/a
Group assignmentChallenge based group assessment30%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

    Other Resources

    Programme or List of Programmes
    AFUAge Friendly University Programme
    BPBSc in Bioprocessing
    BSSAStudy Abroad (DCU Business School)
    BSSAOStudy Abroad (DCU Business School)
    BTBSc in Biotechnology
    HMSAStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
    HMSAOStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
    IESAStudy Abroad (Institute of Education)
    IESAOStudy Abroad (Institute of Education)
    SHSAStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
    SHSAOStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
    Date of Last Revision01-JUN-11

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