CBEMS 125A Momentum Transfer (2016-2017)

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, laminar and turbulent flow, velocity profiles, flow in pipes and around objects, piping systems design, pumps and mixing and other applications to chemical and related industries. Prerequisite: CBEMS 45C with a C- or better and MATH 3D. Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. Only one course from CBEMS 125A, ENGRMAE 130A, ENGRCEE 170 may be taken for credit. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0470115398.

Recommended Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0470128688.

  • An introduction to fluid dynamics, S. Middleman (Ch. 1-6, 8-10)
  • An introduction to fluid dynamics, G.K. Batchelor
  • Essentials of fluid dynamics, L. Prandtl (1952)
Frank G. Shi
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Apply the principles of basic static fluids to calculate the forces applied to a submerged body.

2. Apply the concept of viscosity for Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids to calculate momentum transfer, shear stress and shear force

3. Apply the control volume approach to obtain equations of continuity and Navies-Stokes equation.

4. Apply the control volume approach to obtain velocity profiles for different cases.

5. Apply equations of continuity and Navies-Stokes equation to obtain velocity profiles for different cases.

6. Apply dimensionless analysis and dynamic similarity in real life and experimental designs

7. Apply the principles of inviscid flows in industrial applications and in dealing with flow behavior outside of a boundary layer

8. Apply the principles of viscous boundary layer flows in determining the velocity profile and stress.

9. Apply the principles of flow behavior in the presence of solid particles to determine terminal velocity and other applications.

10. Demonstrate the professional and ethical consequences of system design choices based on fluid flow principles, and understand the impact of engineering solutions from a global and societal standpoint.

Prerequisites by Topic

Engineering calculations, Thermodynamics, and Differential Equations.

Lecture Topics:
  • Basic concepts of fluid and flow
  • Viscosity and momentum
  • Laminar flow
  • Equations of continuity and motion
  • Inviscid flow
  • Boundary layer flow
  • Turbulence
  • Flow behavior in the presence of solid particles
Class Schedule:

Meets for 4 hours of lecture each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Students are required to use basic computer skills to solve short design problems (Homework)

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:
  • Homework: 20%
  • 1st Exam : 35%
  • 2nd Exam: 45%
  • 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

July 12, 2016
Senate Approved:
February 10, 2015
Approved Effective:
2015 Fall Qtr