ME 410 - Heat Transfer

Course Description

Thermal energy transfer mechanisms: conduction (steady, transient), convection (internal, external), radiation; lumped parameter method; heat exchangers; introduction to numerical methods.

M E 410 - Heat Transfer (3): M E 410, Heat Transfer, is a required course for mechanical and nuclear engineering students. The course presents the three modes of heat transfer: conduction, convection, and radiation. One-dimensional steady and transient conduction is studied for planar, cylindrical, and spherical geometries. The lumped capacitance analysis is used for transient conduction when appropriate. Analytical and numerical methods are presented for two-dimensional conduction problems, including the analysis of extended surfaces. Convection heat transfer is studied in both internal and external geometries and under laminar and turbulent flow regimes. External flows include cooling on flat plates due to laminar and turbulent boundary layer flows, and cooling of cylinders due to cross flow. The convection heat transfer analysis in internal flows considers laminar and turbulent pipe flows. Free convection is also considered where heat transfer is due to flow induced by fluid buoyancy. Boiling and condensation considers the effect of two-phase flows on surface heat transfer. Radiation heat transfer is studied by considering both the general characteristics of radiation as well as the properties of radiating surfaces and radiation heat transfer between surfaces. Methods for solving multi-mode heat transfer are presented throughout the course. Heat exchangers and heat transfer from extended surfaces are two applications studied in the course.

Course Prerequisites

  • M E 320 or BME 409
  • CMPSC 200 or CMPSC 201
  • MATH 220 or NUC E 309

Additional Information

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Yavuzkurt, Savas



Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering



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