Course on Heat Transfer

  • Categories Mechanical
  • Duration 40h
  • Total Enrolled 0
  • Last Update March 15, 2020

About Course

The course aims to cover basic theory and principles mode of heat transfer apply the basic laws to formulate engineering systems to study the thermal characteristic/behaviour of the medium through which heat is transferred.


Heat is a concept that is important to understand in various engineering fields. It is particularly relevant for civil, mechanical and chemical engineers because heat transfer plays a key role in material selection, machinery efficiency and reaction kinetics, respectively.Heat transfer is a branch of thermal engineering concerns the generation, use, conversion, and exchange of thermal energy (heat) between physical system of different temperature.There are three different ways of heat transfer:In conduction, heat is transferred by particles vibrating through direct contact.convection, heat energy is carried by the movement of particles of matter.  In radiation, heat is carried directly by electromagnetic waves.Both conduction and convection require matter/medium to transfer heat. If there is a temperature difference between two systems heat will always find a way to transfer from the higher to lower system.

The subject of heat transfer deals with both, i.e. how heat transfer rates can be increased and how can they be decreased.A great part of energy that we utilize is in the form of thermal energy thus the knowledge of Heat transfer therefore is crucial for designing systems that involve heat.

What Will I Learn?

  • Understand the modes of heat transfer and apply the basic laws to formulate thermal systems.
  • Apply the fundamental principle derived from the basic laws of heat transfer to solve heat transfer problems.
  • Analyze heat transfer due to conduction, free and forced convective heat transfer and radiation heat transfer problems.
  • Formulate empirical correlations heat flow problems.
  • Understand the design and performance analysis of heat exchangers and their practical applications, Condensation and Boiling phenomena.

Topics for this course

10 Lessons40h

Introductory concepts and definitions

Introductory concepts and definitions: Modes of heat transfer: Basic laws governing conduction,convection, and radiation heat transfer; Types of boundary conditions. General three-dimensional Heat Conduction Equation: Derivation of the equation in (i) Cartesian, coordinate only. Discussion of three-dimensional Heat Conduction Equation in (ii) Polar and (iii) Spherical Co-ordinate Systems.

Steady-state one-dimensional heat conduction problems in Cartesian System

Extended Surfaces or Fins

Transient [Unsteady-state] heat conduction

Numerical Analysis of Heat Conduction

Thermal Radiation

Forced Convection

Free convection

Heat Exchangers

Introduction to boiling

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  • The prerequisites required are basic knowledge of physics, mathematics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and fluid dynamics and general mechanical engineering related topics.

Target Audience

  • Engineers working in Mechanical,automotive, aerospace, railways, defence, nuclear energy, thermal power, wind, medical equipment, electrical and electronics etc, and related Industry.
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