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Biological Engineering (B E)

B E 302 Heat and Mass Transfer in Biological Systems (4) Engineering applications of the fundamentals of heat and mass transfer to natural and engineered biological systems.

B E 302 Heat and Mass Transfer in Biological Systems (4)

This course applies the principles of heat and mass transfer to the engineering of biological systems, ranging from soil/water ecosystems to animal, plant, and microbial production systems. Heat transfer mechanisms (conduction, convection, and radiation) are covered, as well as analysis techniques for steady state and transient cases. Mass transfer mechanisms (diffusion, dispersion, and convection) are also covered followed by simultaneous heat and mass transfer, including psychrometrics, ventilation, and drying. Applications of heat and mass transfer to agricultural and biological engineering are interwoven throughout the course. These applications may include heat exchangers for hydraulic systems, flow through porous media, soil freezing and thawing, bioreactor design, post-harvest product storage, animal housing, and greenhouses.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2016
Prerequisite: MATH 231, MATH 251, B E 301, M E 300 . Prerequisite or concurrent:C E 360 orM E 320
Concurrent: C E 360 or M E 320

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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