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KE1170 Transport Phenomena 7.0 credits

About course offering

For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students

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Part of programme

Degree Programme in Engineering Chemistry, åk 2, Mandatory


P3 (5.0 hp), P4 (2.0 hp)


14 Jan 2025
2 Jun 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


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Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus KE1170 (Spring 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course treats the fundamental phenomena of momentum, energy, and mass transport. In particular, the course discusses the molecular origin of transport phenomena and establishes the mathematical framework how these processes can be described quantitatively. Furthermore, it elaborates the role and the use of transport phenomena in various chemical engineering applications and in natural systems.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing this course you should be able to:

  • explain qualitatively the basic principles of transport of mass, heat, and momentum both on a macroscopic and microscopic scale, and describe quantitatively the fundamental laws underlying these phenomena, namely Newton’s law of viscosity, Fourier’s law of heat conductivity, and Fick’s law of mass diffusion.
  • describe the role of transport phenomena in industrial and environmental processes on a macroscopic scale, including the role of fluid viscosity, heat conductivity and mass diffusion.
  • solve steady state problems of mass, heat, and momentum transport in 1 dimension using the fundamental laws of transport phenomena.
  • explain and apply the concept of transport coefficients for describing heat and mass transfer across fluid-fluid and fluid-solid interfaces in the presence of convection, and solve problems of mass and heat transfer using transport coefficients.
  • formulate and solve simple problems of fluid flow and qualitatively describe more complex flow phenomena, including turbulence.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

The upper-secondary school before 1 July 2011 and adult education at upper-secondary level before 1 July 2012

Specific entry requirements: mathematics E, physics B and chemistry A. In each of the subjects the grade required is Passed or 3.

The upper-secondary school from 1 July 2011 and adult education at upper-secondary level from 1 July 2012 (Gy2011)

Specific entry requirements: Physics 2, Chemistry 1 and Mathematics 4. In each of the subjects the minimum grade required is Pass.

Recommended prerequisites

Calculus in One Variable SF1625, Calculus in Several Variable SF1626 and SF1520 Numerical Methods and Basic Programming, part 1(can be studied in parallel), or equivalent courses.


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I. Tosun: Modeling in Transport Phenomena - A Conceptual Approach, Elsevier (2007)

J. M. Coulson and J. F. Richardson, "Chemical Engineering Vol. 1, 6th Ed." Butterworth Heinemann 2000.

R. B. Bird, W. E. Stewart, E. N. Lightfoot, "Transport Phenomena, 2nd Ed." Wiley 2007.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Assignment, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 2.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Passed examination, passed laboratory course and passed project.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

KE2070 Transport phenomena, advanced course
Other advanced courses in chemical engineering

Supplementary information

Replaces KE1030 Transport Phenomena and Engineering Thermodynamics

Overlaps with the course KE1090 and KH1130.