EP8208 - Heat and Mass Transfer in Porous Media


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 100/100 D

Course content

Physical and chemical effects of contact between fluid and pore wall. Heat and mass transport with and without chemical reaction and radiation in the pores. Analogy between heat and mass transport. Diffusion and convective heat and mass transport, diffusivity. Transient and stable mass transport in different phases. Adsorption and desorption, energy conversion. Capillary pressure, capillary flow. Radiation exchange inside pores. Phenomenological consideration. Side effects such as shrinkage / swelling, deformation, stress condition. Practical examples from technical processes. Mathematical modeling of the transport processes. The content of the course will be tailored to the students taking the course. The arrangement will be as a group of students.

Learning outcome

Knowledge based educational objectives: Based on given phases, conditions and geometries in the systems, the student must: Introduce the principle of similarity about heat and mass transport to convert transport object equations into model equations. Identify the transport mechanism that is controlled internally or externally based on the equations for heat and mass conservation. Analyze steady state and volatile transport during laminar or turbulent flow. Characterize concentration, thermal and hydrodynamic boundary layer, and properties associated with governing transport mechanisms

Based upon the educational objectives the student will develop skills and ability to: The student will develop skills and the ability to: identify whether transport mechanisms occur in: stable state, transient, laminar, turbulent, internal and external currents. Use appropriate equations to better design transport processes. Perform mass and heat transfer calculations for binary and multicomponent systems such as; heat exchangers, evaporators, filters, membranes, liquid separators, absorbents, drying, particles and phase separators.

General competence: Upon completion of the course, the student will have general competence to: Carry out experimental work on heat and mass transport based on governing laws, basic principles and principles of use. Design and maintain mass and heat transport equipment and separation processes. Carry out audits and evaluations of mass and heat transport in related industrial plants and processes. Compare mass transport performance and energy consumption in industrial processes and systems.

Learning methods and activities

Colloquia, where the students gives lecture on the various topics. The lectures will be followed by discussions of the subject. Voluntary exercises. To pass the course, a score of at least 70 per cent (70 out of 100 points) is required.

Required previous knowledge

TEP4120 Thermodynamic, TEP4130 Heat and Mass Transfer, or similar.

Course materials

Lecture notes, articles, ++, text book. The syllabus can be adjusted depending of the group of students following the course.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Energy and Process Engineering
  • Thermodynamics
  • Thermodynamics
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Energy and Process Engineering


Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 100/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 100/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
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