2020 Heat Transfer A

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Undergraduate major in Mechanical Engineering
Inoue Takayoshi  Saito Takushi  Okamura Tetsuji  Nozaki Tomohiro 
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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, focusing on the following points.
1. Steady-state conduction, Unsteady-state conduction
2. Forced convective heat transfer, Natural convective heat transfer
3. Radiative heat transfer
4. Heat transfer with phase change (boiling, condensation)
5. Heat exchanger

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.
In particular,
1. To be able to quantitatively evaluate steady-state heat conduction and understand analytical methods for some examples of unsteady heat conduction.
2. To understand forced convective heat transfer and natural convective heat transfer around objects, and to evaluate them quantitatively.
3. To understand the basic concept of radiative heat transfer, and to be able to quantitatively evaluate radiative heat transfer between surfaces.
4. To quantitatively evaluate heat transfer with phase change (boiling, condensation).
5. To understand the quantitative evaluation method of heat exchange equipment performance.
In addition, this subject corresponds to the acquisition of the following study objects.
4. [Expansion ability] (inquiry ability or setting ability) ability to arrange and analyze
6. Advanced professional achievement in mechanical engineering
7. Ability to make use of expertise to solve new problems and make creative proposals


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. Furthermore, students will also 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, Heat transfer from finned surface Learn the basics of heat conduction and understand how to quantitatively evaluate steady-state heat conduction. Also, understand heat transfer from finned surfaces and a technique of heat transfer enhancement.
Class 3 Unsteady-state heat transfer Understand the basics of unsteady-state heat transfer. Understand the analysis methods of unsteady-state heat transfer.
Class 4 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.
Class 5 Convective heat transfer (Basic equations, Boundary layer approximation) Learn basics of flows in a boundary layer around a body and understand the contents of governing equations.
Class 6 Convective heat transfer (Nondimensionalization, Laminar forced convection from a flat plate) Understand nondimensional number and its usage. Understand laminar forced convection around a horizontal plate and learn how to estimate heat transfer from a horizontal plate qualitatively.
Class 7 Forced convective heat transfer (Laminar forced convection in conduits) Understand laminar forced convection in conduits and learn how to estimate heat transfer from inner wall of conduits.
Class 8 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 9 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 10 Natural convective heat transfer (Basic equations, Heat transfer from a vertical plate, Empirical correlations) Learn basics of natural heat transfer and how to estimate heat transfer from a vertical plate. Learn how to estimate heat transfer from bodies such as a inclined plate, a horizontal plate etc.
Class 11 Basics of radiation (Black body radiation, Radiative property of real surface) Learn basics of radiation phenomena.
Class 12 Radiative heat transfer (Radiative heat exchange between surfaces) Learn radiative heat exchange between surfaces as the 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.

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.


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 will be evaluated the knowledge for the application of heat flow and effective utilization of energy. Students' course scores are based on final exams.

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. Alternatively, it is required to have the corresponding knowledge of these subjects.



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