10 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: The objective of this module is to teach the student the fundamentals and basic applications of heat transfer. The module is divided into three parts, each focusing on a different heat transfer process, namely conduction, convection and radiation. The three processes are often combined in the problems studied in order to explain heat transfer in a real-life engineering system works. The conduction part of the module focuses on steady heat conduction in one dimensional systems, conduction through fins to increase efficiency and transient heat conduction. Numerical methods applied to conduction problems will also be briefly introduced. Forced convection will be studied in internal flows and in external flows, and natural convection will also be introduced. Heat exchangers will be studied and knowledge of conduction and forced convection will both be used. Thermal radiation will focus on the physics and on network analysis to solve engineering problems. Group work will be very important in the laboratory experiments and for oral presentations on applications of heat exchangers.

Staff Contact: JOHN ALISTAIR
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Laboratory work, Independent Study,
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Aerospace course under IPE):

Teaching timetable


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