Approved by Faculty Senate.


University Studies Course Approval

Department or Program: Engineering

Course Number: ENGR 451

Course Title: Transport Phenomena Laboratory

Number of Credits: 1

Catalog Description: (1 S.H.) A lecture-laboratory course. Theories of pressure, flow, and temperature measurements. Experiments in momentum, heat, and mass transfer. Emphasis on technical writing of laboratory reports. This course is one of four engineering courses that collectively satisfy 6 credits of the writing flag requirement in the University Studies Program.

This is an existing course that has previously been approved by A2C2 Yes .


This is a new course proposal No . (If this is a new course proposal, the WSU Curriculum Approval Form must also be completed as in the process prescribed by WSU Regulation 3-4.)

Department Contact Person for this course: Fariborz Parsi


The proposed course is designed to satisfy the requirements in (select one area only):

Course Requirements

A. Basic Skills: B. Arts & Sciences Core:

______ 1. College Reading and Writing ______ 1. Humanities

______ 2. Oral Communication ______ 2. Natural Science

______ 3. Mathematics ______ 3. Social Science

______ 4. Physical Development and Wellness ______ 4. Fine & Performing Arts


C. Unity and Diversity: D. Flagged Courses:

1. Critical Analysis ___X_ 1. Writing

______ 2. Science and Social Policy ______ 2. Oral

______ 3. a. Global Perspectives ______ 3. a. Mathematics/ Statistics

______ b. Multicultural Perspectives ______ b. Critical Analysis

__ __ 4. a. Contemporary Citizenship

______ b. Democratic Institutions







Course Syllabus

ENGR 451: Transport Phenomena Lab

The modified syllabus and other related materials for ENGR 451 are available at the following web site:

Prerequisites by Course(s) and Topic(s):

ENG 111- College Reading and Writing

ENGR 350- Fluid Mechanics

ENGR 370- Heat and Mass Transfer

STAT 303- Introduction to Engineering Statistics


1. Fundamentals of fluid dynamics

2. Fundamentals of conduction and convection heat transfer

3. Fundamentals of diffusion mass transfer

4. Fundamentals of design of experiments and data analysis

Textbook(s) and/or Other Required Materials:

F. Parsi, Transport Phenomena Laboratory Manual


Fariborz Parsi, Associate Professor of Engineering

Yasar Demirel, Assistant Professor of Engineering

Course Objectives:

This course is designed to provide the students with the experimental experience on some of the fundamental issues of momentum, heat, and mass transfer. It is also the objective of the course to introduce the students to all aspects of experimental work. These are need justification, setting objectives, planning, design of experiments, conducting the experimental work, data collection, data analysis, and communicating the results to others. An integral objective of this course is to learn writing laboratory reports and improving the technical writing and literature search skills of students.

Topics Covered

bulletTheories of pressure, flow, and temperature measurements bulletHeat Conduction studiesHeat conduction studies bulletForced/Free convection heat transfer bulletParticle drag coefficient bulletMass transfer and diffusion coefficient bulletViscoelastic fluid properties bulletViscometryForced/FRee convection heat transfer


Class/Laboratory Schedule:

267 minutes of lecture per semester (equivalent of 1/3 of 1 credit hour)

1067 minutes of laboratory per semester (equivalent to 2/3 of 1 credit hour)

Contribution of Course to Writing Flag Requirements:



Course 2/4: Transport Phenomena Lab.

Creating & completing successful writing

Understand features of uses of writing in engineering

Adapt writing to expectations in engineering

Use of technology in research and writing

Conventions of evidence, format, usage, & documentation in engineering

Theories of pressure, flow, and temperature measurements






Heat Conduction studies










Forced/Free convection heat transfer










Particle drag coefficient








Mass transfer and diffusion coefficient










Viscoelastic fluid properties


















  1. Requirements and learning activities that promote students’ abilities to practice the processes and procedures for creating and completing successful writing in their fields

    Engineering students perform experiments using the procedures and processes they learned earlier in their engineering courses. Students incorporate the practices and procedures into their laboratory reports.


  3. Requirements and learning activities that promote students’ abilities to understand the main features and uses of writing in their fields

    In the experiments, the theory gained through the engineering courses on Fluid Mechanics, and Heat and Mass Transfer will be put into practice. This will help them to understand and express the concepts.


  5. Requirements and learning activities that promote students’ abilities to adapt their writing to the general expectations of readers in their fields

    Students are in a position of reporting the experimental activities in a meaningful way to the readers in the field. The concepts and data analysis will be reported, and the feed back on the report from the instructor will ensure the expectations of readers in the field.


  7. Requirements and learning activities that promote students’ abilities to make use of the technologies commonly used for research and writing in their fields

    Students learn how to use up-to-date equipment, data acquisition and control, and computer and printing facilities in their experimental work. This activity is very useful in research and reporting in the field.


  9. Requirements and learning activities that promote students’ abilities to learn the convention of evidence, format, usage, and documentation in their fields.


Students are encouraged to learn and adapt a standard format of writing a report. This includes title page, executive summary, introduction, objectives, plan of experiments, experimental apparatus, data and data analysis, interpretation of results and comparison with theory, conclusions, recommendations, appendices, and references. Students get feedback on their reports and writings on weekly basis.



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