Mar 22, 2023  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ME 354 - Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
A study of the fundamental concepts and laws of heat transfer, with supporting foundation in thermodynamics. Application of principles of heat transfer to problems encountered in electrical and computer equipment. Not for M.E. majors. (prereq: MA 226  or MA 231  and   or   )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Apply mass and energy balances to simple thermodynamic systems
  • Apply heat transfer equations to solve problems in cooling of electronic and electrical components, or other applicable problems

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Introductory thermal physics

Course Topics
  • Introduction to thermodynamic analysis: system, property, process
  • Mass and energy balance equations
  • Ideal gas equations of state
  • Energy balance for closed and open systems
  • Heat transfer mechanisms: introduction
  • Conduction
  • Convection: forced and natural
  • Radiation or heat exchangers (instructor’s choice)

Christopher Damm

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