BCT-30806 Physical Modelling


Studiepunten 6.00

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Course coordinator(s)Prof. dr. ir. KJ Keesman
dr LW Kiewidt
Lecturer(s)Prof. dr. ir. KJ Keesman
dr LW Kiewidt
Examiner(s)Prof. dr. ir. KJ Keesman
dr LW Kiewidt

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

BCT-22803 Physical Transport Phenomena or equivalent (e.g. BPE-20806 Process Engineering or FPE-20306 Food Proces Engineering or FPE-31306 Transfer Processes).


Nowadays computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques become more and more integrated into the design of technical bio systems. 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 modeling 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 modeling exercises will be implemented on a computer, using Matlab and its PDE toolbox, and tested on experimental data.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

-understand the basic principles of transport phenomena;

-abstract a real system into a physical model;

-implement and analyze the physical model using dedicated Matlab-based software (Matlab and its PDE tool for CFD calculations);

-apply CFD techniques to own research case or a given case


- self-study to prepare for the lectures, tutorials and computer cases;

- lectures and tutorials;

- computer cases including preparation, performing, analysing and reporting;

- implementation of physical models in Matlab;

- research case in own field in groups of 2-3 persons


For the examination you have to submit a 5 page report of the research project. The mark is based on the report and oral defence of the research project, and observations during the research project. The mark for each of the computer cases is a pass/fail. The mark is based on an oral examination at the end of each computer case. The marks for the individual parts need to be ≥ 5.5 (research case) or pass (computer cases).


Lecture notes 'Physical Modelling cases and exercises'.

Keuze voor: MBTBiotechnologyMScD: Spec. D - Process Technology3WD
MMLMolecular Life SciencesMScD: Spec. D Physical Chemistry3WD
MBEBiosystems EngineeringMSc3WD
MBEBiosystems EngineeringMSc3WD
MBEBiosystems EngineeringMSc3WD