The Transport Phenomena: Course Teaching Strategies Using Comsol Simulation Apps for Engineers and Scientists


Teaching undergraduate transport phenomena fundamentals course in universities worldwide was mainly based on the well-known most useful chemical engineering textbook ever written by Bird, Stewart and Lightfoot, (BSL, 1960). Students in recent years are motivated by real-life examples, but they have limited time to investigate the physics beyond them. This research paper presents the enhanced teaching methods used to introduce undergraduates to Comsol Multiphysics Apps solving research projects. The learning goal is achieved by going through sequent teaching approaches. Normally, the students learn to solve problems in their textbooks analytically and learn to validate their solution with the available numerical techniques. Progressing into solving more complicated 2D problems is a result of building the validation confidence with computer programs that develops students to go beyond their textbooks by removing assumptions. This approach is illustrated in details using the feature of App building; where changes and optimization can be implemented to show the breadth of analysis techniques. Students gain better insight into the interaction between realistic system design geometries, and the role of various Multiphysics. From an educational perspective, students in different engineering and science disciplines can now solve complex problems in a relatively short period of time, which provides new opportunities for strengthening their technical skills. One key result is an acceleration of their development as technologists, which allows them to ultimately provide greater business impact and leadership in their chosen career.

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Zaed Sahem, Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, Canada
Mohamed Edali, AlMergib University, Alkhoms, Libya
Faraj Ben Rajab, Memorial University, Canada
Ali Elkamel, University of Waterloo, Canada

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Conference: IICEHawaii2017
Stream: Educational change through technologies

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