An Easy Heat and Mass Transfer Experiment for Transport Phenomena


  • Matthias U. Nollert University of Oklahoma


A problem is presented in which students were asked to determine the time required for a typical bath towel to dry using both experimental and analytical techniques.  Since correlations for the vertical flat plate geometry are readily available in many heat and mass transfer textbooks, students could compare their data to published values.  The differences between experiment and the correlations lead students to critically examine their experimental design and the basis for the correlations.

Author Biography

Matthias U. Nollert, University of Oklahoma

Dr. Matthias U. Nollert is Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. He obtained his BS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia and his PhD from Cornell University. He has taught graduate transport phenomena for seven years. His research interests include the fluid mechanics of the cardiovascular system.