Physical chemistry Industrial

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
Introduction to transport phenomena with their applications (e.g. in heterogeneous catalysis and in sizing of chemical plants).
Principles for sizing of chemical plants.
Fluid dynamics.
Expected learning outcomes
The student should be able to perform quantitative calculations (mass, heat and force balances) applied to fluid motion. He/she should quantify energy dissipation during fluid motion and size the equipment to supply energy to fluids.
The student gets competences to quantify heat transfer (conduction, convection and radiation) with sizing of the relative equipment. The student should quantify mass transfer problems, which limit the rate of chemical transformations, finding appropriate solutions.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
All the info are available through the Ariel site. The lectures (synchronous) are given through the zoom class of the third year of industrial Chemistry (ask us for the link).
Additional synchronous lectures will be planned ca. every 2 weeks for question/answer time and for exercises or to recover missed lectures. Ilenia Rossetti ( and Gialuca Chiarello ( are available, each for their module topics, to plan specific further meetings for single students or groups upon appointment.

Examination modes will remain unchanged. The examinations will take place by using the platforms Zoom and Exams for the written part, while oral exams will take place on the Zoom and teams platforms.
Course syllabus
Unified transport theory. Molecular definition of transport phenomena. Balances (Energy, mass, force). Equations for fluid motion. Dimentional analysis. Motion of fluids in pipes and through porous systems. Filtration. Fludization. Pumps, compressors. Heat conduction (steady, unsteady). Convection, determination of liminar coefficients. Heat exchangers. Heat transfer by radiation. Diffusion (steady, unsteady). Generalized continuity equation. Mass transfer coefficients. Simultaneous heat and mass transfer. Mass transfer through porous media. Thiele modulus and catalyst effectiveness. Introduction to heterogeneous catalysts and applicative aspects
Prerequisites for admission
The student should know the fundamentals of physics and physical chemistry, stoichiometry, thermodynamics, attrition.
Teaching methods
Front lectures and exercises. Few examples of numerical methods will be provided.
Teaching Resources
L. Forni, I. Rossetti, Fenomeni di Trasporto, Cortina, Milano 2009;
L. Forni, Introduzione alla Catalisi, CUSL, Milano, 1993; R. B. Bird, W. E.Stewart, E.N.Lightfoot, Transport Phenomena, 2nd Ed.,Wiley, London, 2002.

Slides, video and tutorials available on the Ariel site of the course.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Written + oral esamination. The written test is constituted by the solution of one problem similar to thos done during lectures. The oral examination is constituted by 2 questions on any topic of the program
CHIM/02 - PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY - University credits: 6
Practicals: 32 hours
Lessons: 32 hours