TMT4209 - Transport processes in metallurgical and electrochemical systems


New from the academic year 2023/2024

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral exam 70/100 60 minutes D

Course content

Conservation equations: Conservation equations for global mass, momentum, energy and chemical components in fluid mixtures. Dimensional analysis. Flow around particles, drops and bubbles, Ergun's formula for packed beds.

Boundary layer theory: Velocity, temperature and concentration profiles. Heat and mass transfer coefficients. Nusselt and Sherwood correlations. Two and three fold analogies. Liquid metals with low Prandtl numbers. Turbulent transport. Reynold's analogies. Chemical reaction kinetics at phase boundaries.

Numerical simulations: Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and its application to metallurgical and electrochemical systems.

Thermal radiation: Emission, absorbtion, reflection. Adiabatic surfaces. Radiation in multi surface systems, view angle factors.

Electrochemical kinetics: Relations between electric current/voltage and species conversion.

Transport of charged species: Mass fluxes in context of Nernst-Planck and concentrated solution theory, current distribution in selected geometries.

Porous electrode theory: Electrochemical reactions in porous electrodes with coupling of reaction kinetics and transport processes.

Learning outcome

After this course the student can:

- Identify and describe transport phenomena dominating processes in metallurgical and electrochemical systems.

- Explain various aspects regarding transport/transfer of mass, momentum, energy, and chemical components in fluid mixtures or between phases.

- Perform basic computations on transport/transfer of mass, momentum, and energy in idealized (sub-)systems, e. g. by application of boundary layer theory or correlations for energy and mass transfer.

- Choose necessary actions for incorporation of chemical reaction kinetics as well as treatment of particles, droplets and bubbles in the overall global conservation equations for mass, momentum and energy.

- Identify and describe electrochemical reaction rates, and how these relate to current and voltage in electrochemical cells

- Formulate and analyze problems involving radiation in multi-surface systems.

- Use methods for finding and evaluating estimates based on dimensional analysis and analogies for heat and mass transfer.

- Introduce simplifying assumptions for computations and assess the validity of the simplifications done.

- Perform calculations of electrochemical cells with coupled kinetics and transport phenomena.

- Set up and interpret simple numerical simulations in heat and mass transfer related problems.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures (60 hours), exercises (30 hours) and self study (120 hours).

Lectures will be given in English and examination papers will be given in English only, while students can choose to use Norwegian or English during the oral examination and/or presentations.

50% of the exercises must be approved before the final exam as well as a written report relating to numerical simulations of heat and mass transfer.

The report will serve as a basis for an oral presentation which will account for 30% of the final grade. The presentation must be approved in order to qualify for the final exam.

Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments.

Compulsory assignments

  • Report
  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Course evaluation:

Oral presentation based on report counts for 30% of the collective grade. An oral exam counts for 70% of the grade. Both exams gives an individual grade, and will be combined for the final grade in the course.

  • Re-sit exam in august
  • You can improve your grade in both grades, or just one to improve your grade in the course

Mandatory assignment:

  • Mandatory assignments in the course can be used when retaking the course

Course materials

1.Compendium Lecture notes - Department of materials science and engineering ;

2. Modeling in Materials Processing; J.A. Dantzig, C.L. Tucker III, ISBN: 0-521-77923-5.

3. Transport Phenomena, R.B. Bird. ISBN:0471-410772;

4. Additional material supplied at start of semester

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TMT4208 5.0 AUTUMN 2023
TMT4230 5.0 AUTUMN 2023
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Fourth-year courses, level IV


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Materials Technology and Electrochemistry
  • Process Metallurgy
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Materials Science and Engineering


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Oral exam 70/100 D 2024-05-28
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Oral exam 70/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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