Course Descriptions
MECH_ENG 495: Selected Topics: Convective Heat Transfer

Quarter Offered

None ; Not offered during 2014/15


Thermodynamics-I (ME-220 or equivalent), Fluid Mechanics (ME-241, and ME-373) or graduate standing or consent of the instructor.


The course begins with the general definition of heat in thermodynamics following Helmholtz. Next, conservation equations for mass, heat, linear momentum, and angular momentum will be described.  The conservation equations are then applied to solutions of heat transfer problems in various flow configurations of interest to industry. In particular, the classical problem of laminar boundary layer over a flat plate is discussed and the separate roles of momentum, heat, and mass transfer are shown to lead to hydro-thermo-diffusive structure of laminar boundary layer over a heated flat plate in the presence of mass transfer.

Also, laminar and turbulent heat transfer for flow in ducts will be discussed. The foundation of statistical theory of turbulence will be examined and the problem of turbulent boundary layer flow over a flat plate in the presence of both heat and mass transfer will be described.  Finally, the problem of heat transfer by natural convection for both laminar and turbulent boundary layer flow over a vertical hot wall will be described.  Finally, some applications of the transport phenomena to the theories of propagation of laminar flames in combustion systems as well as shock waves in gas dynamics will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

The primary objective of the course is to teach the subject of heat transfer by convection under both laminar and turbulent fluid mechanics. Because of the general methods of approach, the students will also learn the additional concepts of mass, linear momentum, and angular momentum transports leading to the understanding of hydro-thermo-diffusive structure of boundary layer flows, as well as flame fronts, and shock waves that are of central significance to the understanding of heat, mass, and momentum transport in many technological applications such as aerodynamics, propulsion systems, air conditioning, heat exchangers, food processing, among others.

Reference Books

Louis C. Burmeister, Convective Heat Transfer, 2nd Edition, Wiley, 1993.
Adrian Bejan, Convection Heat Transfer, 4th Edition, Wiley, 2013.
Sadik Kakac, and Yaman Yener, Convective Heat Transfer, CRC Press, 1995.

Tentative Grading

Research Projects and Homework 50%
Exam 50%