BCT-30806 Physical Modelling


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work4
Course coordinator(s)Prof. dr. ir. KJ Keesman
Lecturer(s)Prof. dr. ir. KJ Keesman
dr. RJC van Ooteghem
Examiner(s)Prof. dr. ir. KJ Keesman
dr. RJC van Ooteghem

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

BCT-22803 Physical Transport Phenomena or BPE-20806 Process Engineering or FPE-20306 Food Proces Engineering or FPE-31306 Transfer Processes or comparable courses.


Nowadays computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques become more and more integrated into the design of technical biosystems. In addition to this, CFD is also used in the analyses of complex environmental problems. The result of this is that an increasing amount of life science applications of CFD appears in literature with a focus on flow visualization, calculation of heat losses and concentration profiles. In order to have some insight into CFD techniques, in this course we start with traditional physical modelling issues as: balance equations, analogy between heat-mass-momentum, dimension analysis, convection-diffusion with sink/source terms, Navier-Stokes equation and an illustration of numerical schemes. The physical modelling exercises will be implemented on a computer using Matlab's PDE-tool and tested on laboratory setups.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand the basic principles of advanced transport phenomena;
- perform, analyse and evaluate experiments;
- abstract a real system into a physical model;
- implement and analyse the physical model using dedicated Matlab-based software;
- apply CFD techniques to own research case.


- lectures and tutorials;
- practical work including preparation, performing, analysing and reporting;
- implementation of models in Matlab;
- working out one case in own specialism.


Observations during cases. Reports of the practical cases have to be handed in before the deadlines mentioned in the course schedule or announced by the lecturer. The exam comprises reports of the six cases (6%) and a report of the research project (94%). Each report of the cases and the report of the research project must have a score of at least 5.5.


Lecture notes 'Physical Modelling cases and exercises'.

Restricted Optional for: MBTBiotechnologyMScD: Process Technology1MO
MMLMolecular Life SciencesMScD: Physical Chemistry1MO
MBEBiosystems EngineeringMSc1MO
MBEBiosystems EngineeringMSc1MO