Intermediate Heat Transfer


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Learning Objective:

To enhance the understanding of heat and mass transfer processes and their relevance to industrial problems, strengthen analytical skills and the ability to cope with complex problems, and provide experience in treating multimode heat and mass transfer effects and in solving realistic engineering problems. This course does not teach how to use FEA codes but rather focuses on the physics and the mathematical solution methods.


Heat and mass transfer by diffusion in one-dimensional, two-dimensional, transient, periodic, and phase change systems. Convective heat transfer for external and internal flows. Similarity and integral solution methods. Heat, mass, and momentum analogies. Turbulence. Buoyancy driven flows. Convection with phase change. Radiation exchange between surfaces and radiation transfer in absorbing-emitting medial. Multimode heat transfer problems.
Students who meet the prerequisites spend up to 5 hrs/wk on the course whereas those who do not have the appropriate math and heat transfer background can expect to spend 11-15 hrs/wk on the course. Spring 2017 Syllabus

Topics Covered:

Heat transfer fundamentals; Conduction heat transfer; Convection heat and mass transfer; Thermal systems analysis; Phase change heat transfer; Radiation heat transfer.


Math knowledge (PDEs, ODEs, linear algebra). In particular, you will be well served to review Taylors series expansions, solution of simple ODEs and PDEs, simple integration and differentiation, integration by parts, and trigonometric and hyperbolic functions in preparation for this course.

Applied / Theory:

50 / 50

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Web Content:

Syllabus, lecture notes, homework assignments and solutions.


Bi-weekly assignments; the preferred method of homework (HW) submission is uploading scanned PDF at the course webpage (i.e. Blackboard site). If webpage is not accessible on the due date, HW by faxed or e-mail to the instructor. If e-mailed, the subject should read "[ME505-Homework-Your Name]".


Required. The objective of this group project is to practice how to apply heat and mass transfer knowledge we discussed in the class to real-world applications. The process can be related to your research project or industrial experience. It can also be any natural process encountered in your daily life. You can also perform literature review to postulate an engineering process or product of your interest.


1-2 midterms and a final exam.


Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department.
Tentative-- REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: ISBN: 9780470501979 -- Fundamentals of Heat & Mass Bergman, Labine, Incropera and DeWitt, 7th ed., Wiley, 2011, ISBN 0-471-45728-0. A list of reference texts will be provided by the professor for additional information.

Computer Requirements:

Some homework problems will require the use of a computer program of your choice (Matlab, Excel, Mathmatica, etc.). The instructor will generally use Matlab in the examples and posted solutions, and it is available through Software Remote. ProEd minimum computer requirements; syllabus, grades, lecture notes, homework assignments, quizzes, chat room, and message board will be available via course web.

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