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Introduction to Mass
Transfer
CHAPTER 1
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It is expected that student will be able to:
Describe the introductory concept of mass
transfer.
List the applications of mass transfer and diffusion
Describe the fundamental of Ficks Law of
Diffusion
Solve the mathematical solution of Ficks Law of
Diffusion

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Topic Outcomes
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Introduction
Mass Transfer is an engineering term for
physical processes that involve molecular
and convective transport of atoms and
molecules within physical systems.

Mass transfer may occur in a gas mixture, a
liquid solution or solid.

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Mass transfer occurs whenever there is a
gradient in the concentration of a species.

Definition: Transfer of mass from high
concentration to low concentration.

The basic mechanisms are the same whether
the phase is a gas, liquid, or solid.
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Definition of Concentration
i) Number of molecules of each species
present per unit volume (molecules/m
3
)

ii) Molar concentration of species i = Number
of moles of i per unit volume (kmol/m
3
)

iii) Mass concentration = Mass of i per unit
volume (kg/m
3
)

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Quantifying Mass Transfer
Allows for design and manufacture of
separation equipment that can meet
specified requirements.
Estimate what will happen in real life
situation such as chemical spill etc.
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Why Mass Transfer?
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Application of Mass Transfer
Daily experience
Evaporation of water from a pond to the
atmosphere because of the difference in
concentration of water vapor at the water
surface and the surrounding air.

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A drop of orange liquid dye is added to a
glass of water. The dye molecules will
diffuse slowly by molecular diffusion to all
parts of the water.

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Application of Mass Transfer
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Chemical Process
The doping of a silicon wafer to form a
semiconducting thin film.

Biological Process
Oxygenation of blood
Transport of ions across membranes
within the kidney

Application of Mass Transfer
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Chemical Separation Process
Liquid-liquid extraction
Distillation
Drying
Gas absorption

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Application of Mass Transfer
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Mass Transfer
Molecular Diffusion
Convective Mass
Transfer
The two modes of mass transfer:
Molecular diffusion
Convective mass transfer
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Diffusion Phenomena
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Whenever there is concentration difference in a medium,
nature tends to equalize
things by forcing a flow
from the high to the low
concentration region.

The molecular transport process of mass is characterized by
the general equation:

Rate of transfer process = driving force
resistance

Before After
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Consider a tank that is divided into two equal parts by a
partition.
Initially, the left half of the tank contains nitrogen N
2
gas while
the right half contains air (about 21% O
2
and 79% N
2
) at the
same temperature and pressure.
When the partition is removed the N
2

molecules will start diffusing into the air
while the O
2
molecules diffuse into the N
2
.
If we wait long enough, we will have a
homogeneous mixture of N
2
and O
2
in
the tank.

Example Diffusion Phenomena
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Molecular diffusion or molecular transport can be defined as
the transfer or movement of individual molecules through a fluid
by mean of the random, individual movements of the molecules.

If there are greater number of A molecules near point (1) than at
(2), then since molecules diffuse randomly in both direction, more
A molecules will diffuse from (1) to (2) than from (2) to (1).
The net diffusion of A is from high to low concentration regions.

Schematic diagram of molecular diffusion process
B
B
B B
B
B
B
B
B
B
B
A
A
(2)
(1)
Ficks Law of Diffusion
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The diffusion of molecules when the whole bulk
fluid is not moving but stationary. Diffusion of
molecules is due to a concentration gradient.

The general Ficks Law Equation for binary mixture of A and B
dz
dx
cD J
A
AB AZ

*
c = total concentration of A and B [kgmol (A + B)/m
3
]
x
A
= mole fraction of A in the mixture of A and B

Molecular Diffusion Equation
(1)
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Molecular Diffusion Equation
Ficks Law

is the molar flux of component A in the z direction
[kgmol A/s.m
2
]

is the molecular diffusivity of the molecule A in B
[m
2
/s]
is the concentration of A in kg mol/m
3

z is the distance of diffusion [m]
dz
dc
D J
A
AB AZ

*
*
A
J
AB
D
A
c
If c is constant
c
A
= cx
A
(2)
c dx
A
= d(cx
A
) = dc
A
(3)
Substituting in equation (1) we obtain
equation for constant total concentration

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Example 6.1-1 (pg 413) Molecular
Diffusion of Helium in Nitrogen
A mixture of He and N
2
gas is contained in a
pipe at 298 K and 1 atm total pressure which
is constant throughout. At one end of the pipe
at point 1 the partial pressure p
A1
of He is 0.6
atm and at the other end 0.2 m p
A2
= 0.2 atm.
Calculate the flux of He at steady state if D
AB

of the He-N
2
mixture is 0.687 x 10
-4
m
2
/s. (R
is 82.057 x 10
-3
m
3
.atm/kg mol.K)
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