Mar 20, 2023  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ME 318 - Heat Transfer

4 lecture hours 0 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This course covers the three fundamental mechanisms of heat transfer: conduction, convection, and radiation. The course includes steady state and transient conduction, free and forced convention, as well as heat exchanger design. (prereq: ME 311 ME 2101 ME 3103 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Demonstrate the ability to model physical systems subject to heat transfer, using calculus and differential equations
  • Demonstrate the ability to solve the related differential equations, and concretely relate the results to an observable heat transfer process
  • Apply models of conduction, convection and radiation heat transfer, and to solve practical engineering heat transfer problems

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Differential equations
  • 1st Law of Thermodynamics

Course Topics
  • Introduction to heat transfer (rate laws for the three heat transfer mechanisms)
  • The heat diffusion equations
  • One-dimensional steady-state conduction for planar, cylindrical, and spherical geometry
  • Electrical circuit analogy to heat transfer analysis
  • Fins
  • Transient lumped capacitance method
  • Physical significance of dimensionless parameters
  • Forced convection (external flow)
  • Forced convection (internal flow)
  • Free convection
  • Heat exchangers
  • Radiation overview

Christopher Damm

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