Description
TRANSPORT PHENOMENA IN NANO-TO-MICRO SCALE
This intermediate graduate level course will discuss the transport phenomena of heat (phonons), mass (molecules), and charge (electrons) from nano- to micro-scale using the Boltzmann transport theory. The transport phenomena in extremely large and small scales are often described by the continuum equations and wave equations, respectively. These two extreme cases leave an intermediate length scale (often nano- to micro-meter scale) where the continuum description is invalid, and the wave characteristics of carriers can be ignored. The Boltzmann transport equation (BTE) bridges this gap and is used to describe the transport phenomena in nano- to micro- scale, which exist in many modern engineering problems. While the Boltzmann transport theories of those carriers share the same fundamental basis and similarities, the theories have been developed and discussed in different disciplines without many cross-disciplinary interactions. A goal of this course is to provide a unified perspective regarding the transport phenomena of the three practically important carriers - phonons, molecules, and electrons. This course also aims at providing a summary of introductory statistical thermodynamics and solid-state physics for the graduate students in early years.

*** No Pre-reqs: It is highly recommended that students previously took at least one or two of the following undergraduate-level courses : classical thermodynamics in mechanical engineering dept., heat transfer, fluid mechanics, statistical mechanics, and solid-state physics.
Details
Grading Basis
Grad Letter Grade
Units
3
Component
Lecture - Required
Offering
Course
ME 2257
Academic Group
Swanson School of Engineering
Academic Organization
Mechanical Engineering
Campus
Pittsburgh Campus
Typically Offered
Spring