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Unit information: Heat Transfer in 2019/20

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Unit name Heat Transfer
Unit code MENG31101
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Teaching Block 2C (weeks 13 - 18)
Unit director Dr. Becky Selwyn
Open unit status Not open

MENG20600 or equivalent



School/department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


Heat Transfer is an advanced course which adopts a rigorous mathematical approach to the formulation and analysis of complex engineering problems in conduction, convection and radiation heat transfer. Students will be given an introduction to the Navier-Stokes, Continuity and Energy Equations, with emphasis placed on identifying the physical principles involved and the using relevant simplifications to find engineering solutions. Both analytic and computer-based solutions are explored. These studies are supplemented by a piece of coursework on the use of a computational software to solve a typical engineering problem, plus a wide range of worked examples, and problem sheets.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Correctly identify the physics behind a particular heat transfer problem, and explain relevant assumptions which can be applied to simply a given problem.
  • Solve the simplified equations for a range of one and two dimensional problems in conduction/convection heat transfer, including:

o Conduction in Cartesian, cylindrical or spherical coordinates with a range of boundary conditions

o Heat transfer from extended surfaces (fins)

o Convection in laminar flows over flat plates

o Convection in laminar flows through ducts or pipes

o Convection in high speed or turbulent flows

o Simplify and solve equations for thermal radiation.

Teaching details

There are 2 hours of lectures per week over 11 weeks, a 2 hour written examination at the end of the year, and a piece of coursework which students are advised to spend no more than 10 hours working on.

  • A substantial hand-out of printed notes is provided, covering all the topics in the course
  • Solutions to worked examples are done in class and made available on Blackboard
  • Worked solutions to past examination papers are provided for self-study
  • MATLAB and Excel simulations of numerical heat transfer problems are provided

A feedback session is held after submission of coursework to clarify common errors and highlight good practice.

Assessment Details

2 hour written examination (90%)

Coursework involving use of computational software (10%)

Reading and References

  • Rogers, G. &Mayhew, Y., Engineering Thermodynamics: Work &Heat Transfer. (1992), 4th ed., Longman Scientific &Technical. ISBN: 0582045665. Classmark: TJ265 ROG – Core text for Thermofluids
  • Incropera, F. &DeWitt, D., Fundamentals of Heat &Mass Transfer. (2007), 6th ed., Wiley &Sons. ISBN: 0471457280. Classmark: TJ260 INC – Recommended
  • Eckert, E.R.G. &Drake, R.M., Analysis of Heat &Mass Transfer. (1987), McGraw Hill. ISBN: 0891165533. Classmark: QC320 ECK
  • Holman, J., Heat Transfer. (2010), 10th ed., McGraw Hill. ISBN: 0071267697. Classmark: QC320 HOL.
  • Chapman, A., Heat Transfer. (1984), 4th ed., Maxwell Macmillan International Editions. ISBN: 0029460808. Classmark: QC320 CHA