2016 Heat Transfer

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Undergraduate major in Mechanical Engineering
Okamura Tetsuji  Inoue Takayoshi  Nozaki Tomohiro  Saito Takushi 
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Course description and aims

Heat transfer is an important specialized area of mechanical engineering. One of the most important challenges of a sustainable society among environmental and energy issues is how to effectively use heat waste. Students can learn in Heat Transfer the basics for doing this. Students in this course learn heat transfer phenomena such as heat conduction, convection, radiation, and phase change, as well as related physical laws.

Student learning outcomes

Student learning outcomes for this course are for students to (1) gain an understanding of the fundamentals of heat transfer and how to use them to assess heat flow, and (2) apply them to effectively using energy.


Heat Transfer, Conduction, Convection, Radiation, Phase Change, Heat Exchanger

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Students in this course will first gain a general overview of heat transfer, then learn about various heat transfer phenomena such as heat transfer by conduction, heat transfer by convection, heat transfer by radiation, and heat transfer by phase change. After acquiring these fundamentals, students will learn about heat exchangers as an applied example.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction (aim and outline of heat transfer) None
Class 2 Heat conduction, Heat conduction equation, Steady-state conduction Learn the basics of heat conduction and understand how to quantitatively evaluate steady-state heat conduction.
Class 3 Heat transfer from finned surface, Unsteady-state heat transfer Understand heat transfer from finned surfaces and a technique of heat transfer enhancement. Understand a basic of unsteady-state heat transfer.
Class 4 Unsteady-state heat transfer, Convective heat transfer Understand the analysis methods of unsteady-state heat transfer. Understand governing equations for convective heat transfer.
Class 5 Convective heat transfer (Boundary layer approximation, Laminar forced convection from a flat plate) Learn basics of flows in a boundary layer around a body and understand laminar forced convection around a horizontal plate qualitatively.
Class 6 Convective heat transfer (Laminar forced convection from a flat plate, Laminar forced convection in conduits) Learn laminar forced convection around a horizontal plate or in a circular tube and understand how to estimate heat transfer from a horizontal plate or in a qualitatively.
Class 7 Forced convective heat transfer (Analogy between flow and convective heat transfer, Forced turbulent convection) Learn an analogy between flow and convective heat transfer and then learn basics of turbulent forced convection.
Class 8 Forced convective heat transfer (Turbulent forced convection, Forced convection around a body) Understand how to estimate turbulent forced convection and learn basics of convective heat transfer around a body such as a cylinder or a sphere.
Class 9 Natural convective heat transfer (Basic equations, Heat transfer from a vertical plate) Learn basics of natural heat transfer and how to estimate heat transfer from a vertical plate.
Class 10 Natural convective heat transfer (Empirical correlations) Learn how to estimate heat transfer from bodies such as a inclined plate, a horizontal plate etc.
Class 11 Basics of radiation Learn basics of radiation phenomena.
Class 12 Radiative heat transfer Learn basics of radiative heat transfer.
Class 13 Heat transfer with phase change (Boiling) Learn boiling heat transfer and how to estimate it qualitatively.
Class 14 Heat transfer with phase change (Condensation) Learn heat transfer with condensation and how to estimate it qualitatively.
Class 15 Heat exchanger and heat transport devices Learn basics of heat exchangers and how to evaluate its performance and then learn heat transport devices such as heat pipes etc.


JSME textbook series, Heat transfer, edited by JSME, Maruzen

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Katto Y., Heat transfer, Yokendo
Incropera F.P. and Dewitt D.P., Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer, Wiely
Mills A.F., Heat Transfer, Prentice Hall

Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be assessed on comprehend fundamental items and concepts of heat transfer. and Apply the knowledge for evaluation of heat flow and effective utilization of energy. Students' course scores are based on final exams (80%) and drills (20%).

Related courses

  • None

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Having basic knowledge of the differential and integral calculus, differential equations, thermodynamics is desirable.



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