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Fundamentals of Intensified Heat and Mass Transfer

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A goal of process intensification (PI) is to reduce the size of equipment for the same processing capacity, which is accomplished largely through intensifying heat and mass transfer.  This course explains the fundamental principles of intensifying heat and mass transfer through dimensional and scaling analyses to reveal the three primary levers:

  1. Reducing the characteristic dimension,
  2. Increasing area for transport,
  3. Enhancing the transport coefficients.  

The course illustrates these principles through many examples of PI technologies from microreactors, chemical separations, heat transfer, mixing, and heat pumps. After covering basic principles, the course covers heat transfer, then mass transfer, and finally combined heat and mass transfer, where the power of process intensification is most evident.

Through this 4-hour course, you will be able to:

  • Explain how intensifying heat and mass transfer reduces the size of process equipment
  • Identify when smaller equipment has value
  • Estimate the cost-performance trade-off of intensified equipment
  • List other value propositions of intensified processes
  • Identify other considerations in choosing intensified process equipment 
  • Gain insights into conventional process technologies and appreciate their limitations
  • Evaluate the suitability of emerging PI technologies for solving your process needs
  • Appropriately apply technologies as they become available
  • Stimulate innovation and creativity in research and development.

This course is part of the RAPID Process Intensification Credential Program. Click here to find out more.

Upper level undergraduate and graduate students, plant and project managers, R&D engineers, technology managers

Module 1: Introduction to Intensified Heat and Mass Transfer

Module 2: Intensified Heat Transfer

Module 3: Intensified Mass Transfer

Module 4: Combined Heat and Mass Transfer


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    RAPID - RAPID Manufacturing Institute for Process Intensification
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