Learning basic concepts of thermodynamics and of heat and mass transfer and transport relevant to understanding their applications to processes involving biological systems and to biomedical problems related to these processes.
Skills in the use and search of bibliography to organize a set of information related to the studied areas.
Skills in problems solving, including mathematical skills needed for the purpose.
Laboratory skills through the conduction and interpretation of results of simple experiments related to the studied subjects.
I ? Principles of thermodynamics: 1. Basic concepts. 2. First law, thermal coefficients and heat capacities, phase transitions. 3. Second law, entropy, thermodynamic potentials and equilibrium conditions. 4. Third law.
II ? Thermal Energy Transfer: 1. General introduction to the transfer processes: basic definitions, general flow balance equation; heat transfer mechanisms. 2. Heat conduction: Fourier law and flow balance; heat generation; non-steady state. 3. Natural and forced convection; convection coefficients. 4. Heat exchangers: types of exchangers; transferred heat between fluids. 5. Radiation: black body, gray body, shape factor, transferred heat between two bodies.
III ? Mass transfer: 1. Fundamentals of diffusion in gases and liquids. 2. Mass transfer coefficients. 3. Simultaneous heat and mass transfer.
Physics I, Physics II, General Physics, Physics Laboratory Techniques (simultaneously)
Generic skills to reach
. Competence in analysis and synthesis; . Competence in oral and written communication; . Competence in information management; . Competence to solve problems; . Competence in applying theoretical knowledge in practice; . Knowledge of a foreign language; . Critical thinking; . Competence in autonomous learning; . Quality concerns; . Self-criticism and self-evaluation; (by decreasing order of importance)
Teaching hours per semester
total of teaching hours
Laboratory or field work
85 (alternative to the midterm exams) %
Bibliography of reference
- Mark W. Zemansky, Richard H. Dittman, Calor e Termodinâmica (Heat and Thermodynamics), McGraw-Hill.
- Julio Güémez, Carlos Fiolhais, Manuel Fiolhais, Fundamentos de Termodinâmica do Equilíbrio, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, 1998.
- Arthur T. Johnson, Biological Process Engineering: An Analogical Approach to Fluid Flow, Heat Transfer, and Mass Transfer Applied to Biological Systems, John Wiley Sons, 1999.
Theoretical classes with detailed presentation, using audiovisual means, of the concepts, principles and fundamental theories.
Theoretical-practical classes where the students are encouraged to solve practical problems and exercises that require the combination of different theoretical concepts and promote critical reasoning in the presence of more complex problems.
Conduction of laboratory experiments related to the topics of the first chapter. The students write reports focussed on the analysis and interpretation of results.
Laboratório com equipamento para fazer experiências simples relativas à área em estudo nesta unidade curricular.