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Unit Overview


Students develop a broad understanding of the molecular interactions that determine fluid properties; an in-depth knowledge of the modern methods used to predict thermodynamic and transport properties; and knowledge of the applicability and the limitations of the various predictive methods. Topics covered in this unit include the fundamentals of statistical mechanics, calculation of molecular properties, intermolecular potentials and their use in thermodynamic and transport property calculations, corresponding states, virial and cubic equations of state, multiparameter equations of state, limitations of EOS methods, activity coefficient models, and models for transport property predictions.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Chemical Engineering major sequence

Students are able to (1) describe the molecular interactions governing fluid properties; (2) explain in detail the modern methods used to predict fluid thermodynamic and transport properties; (3) discuss the applicability and limitations of the various predictive methods; and (4) effectively communicate answers to technical questions in written reports.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments and (2) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Paul Stanwix and Dr Peter Whittaker
Unit rules
CHPR2006 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
and CHPR2007 Heat and Mass Transfer and
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
or MATX1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
and Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
CHPR4404 Advanced Thermodynamics (ID 2606)
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week
practical classes: 2 hours per week

Assael, M. J. et al. Thermophysical Properties of Fluids: an Introduction to Their Prediction: Imperial College Press 1996

Prausnitz, J. M. et al. Molecular Thermodynamics of Fluid-Phase Equilibria, 3rd edn: Prentice-Hall PTR 1999

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