2021 Advanced course of radiation transfer

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Graduate major in Energy Science and Engineering
Hanamura Katsunori 
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Course description and aims

This course provides fundamentals of the radiation heat exchange between surfaces, the formula of radiative transfer in participating media, the thermal radiation properties of real gases and the formula of electromagnetic wave theory for thermal radiation transfer. Near-Field and Far-Field radiation transfers are also included through practical and idealized examples in energy conversion and microscopic measurement.

Student learning outcomes

This course aims at understanding the radiative transfer in participating media and electromagnetic wave theory for radiation, and furthermore aims at application of the knowledge for control of radiative heat exchange and measurement.
Through this course, students will understand the effects of radiation heat exchange in combined heat transfer with conduction and convection heat transfer and obtain basic ability to evaluate heat flux.


Radiation heat transfer, Radiative transfer equation, Black body, Grey surface, Far-field and near-field

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This course is organized with lectures and exercises.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction: Mechanisms of emission of radiation, reflection, absorption and transmission Understand mechanisms of emission, reflection, absorption and transmission of radiation.
Class 2 Formula of radiative transfer equation in participating media with absorption, emission and scattering Establish radiative transfer equation in absorbing, emitting and scattering media and apply for practical situation.
Class 3 Radiative properties of real surfaces, grey surfaces and radiative transfer in real gases Understand radiative heat exchange between real surfaces and grey surfaces including real gases.
Class 4 Fundamentals of radiation as electromagnetic wave Understand propagation of electromagnetic wave for radiation
Class 5 Far-field and near-field radiation transfer Understand far-field radiation traveling through media and near-field radiation existing in the vicinity of surface.
Class 6 Measurement of radiation intensity and application for temperature control Understand method of radiation intensity measurement and apply for temperature control.
Class 7 Spectral control in radiation transfer and application for energy conversion Understand spectral control for radiative transfer and apply for energy conversion.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Lecturers will provide some documents for better understanding.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

John. R. Howell, Robert Siegel, M. Pinar Menguc: Thermal Radiation Heat Transfer, Fifth Edition, CRC Press (Tayler & Francis Group) (2011)

Assessment criteria and methods

Exercise (30%) and final examination (70%)

Related courses

  • MEC.E311 : Heat Transfer

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