CBEMS 125A Momentum Transfer (2012-2013)

CBEMS 125A Momentum Transfer

(Required for ChE. Selected Elective for MSE.)
Catalog Data:

CBEMS 125A Momentum Transfer (Credit Units: 4) Fluid statics, surface tension, Newton's Law of viscosity, non-Newtonian and complex flows, momentum equations, momentum transport, laminar and turbulent flow, velocity profiles, flow in pipes, flow around objects, design of piping systems, pumps and mixing and other applications to chemical and related industries. Prerequisite: CBEMS45A-B-C; Mathematics 3D. Only one course from CBEMS 125A, ENGRMAE 130A, ENGRCEE 170 may be taken for credit. (Design units: 1)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0470262849.

Recommended Textbook:


Vasan Venugopalan
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC a, EAC c, EAC e, EAC k.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Apply the principles of hydrostatics to read a manometer or calculate forces and moments applied to a submerged body. (EAC a, EAC e, EAC k)

2. Apply the control volume formulation of mass, momentum and energy conservation to fluid systems. (EAC a, EAC e, EAC k)

3. Apply the principles of dimensional analysis to identify the dimensionless group of variable governing the fluid flow in a given situation. (EAC a, EAC c, EAC e, EAC k)

4. Apply the principles involved in internal flow to determine head loss involved in laminar and turbulent flows through pipes and pipe fittings. (EAC a, EAC c, EAC e, EAC k)

5. Calculate drag and lift forces/coefficients associated the relative motion of solid objects within a fluid. (EAC a, EAC e, EAC k)

6. Apply the Navier-Stokes equations to determine the velocity distributions of simple laminar flows. (EAC a, EAC e, EAC k)

Prerequisites by Topic

Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, and Ordinary Differential Equations.

Lecture Topics:
  • Fluid Properties
  • Conservation Laws for Closed Systems
  • Thermodynamics Review and Fluid Statics
  • Conservation of Mass for Open Systems
  • Conservation of Momentum for Open Systems
  • Conservation of Energy for Open Systems
  • Differential View of Fluid Motion
  • Differential Form of Conservation Laws
  • Dimensional Analysis
  • Analytic Solutions for Laminar Flows
  • Boundary Layers
  • External Flows
  • Internal Flows
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Computer literacy and basic skills are required for performing analysis using special software for pipe system design.

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

Contributes toward the Chemical Engineering Topics Courses and Major Design experience.

Design Content Description

Lectures on design and analysis of pipe networks.

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Weekly homework: 20%
  • Midterm exams (1): 40%
  • Final Exam: 40%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 1.0 credit units

February 6, 2012
Senate Approved:
December 17, 2010
Approved Effective:
2011 Fall Qtr