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MECH8008 - Heat Transfer

Title:Heat Transfer
Long Title:Heat Transfer
Module Code:MECH8008
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Mechanical Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: GER KELLY
Module Author: GER KELLY
Module Description: This module is designed to give the student an in-depth understanding of all heat transfer mechanisms viz. conduction (transient and steady state); convection (free and forced); and radiation, coupled with an introduction to and the application of Computational Fluid Dynamics Techniques to classical heat transfer problems.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Apply the conduction equation in rectangular, cylindrical or spherical coordinates to problems in transient and/or steady state conduction.
LO2 Develop representative models of laminar/turbulent, internal/external, free/forced convection problems and their solutions.
LO3 Analyse the construction, materials and performance of solar collectors.
LO4 Analyse heat transfer problems using Computational Fluids Dynamics Methods
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.


Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Steady State Conduction
Solutions to the heat equation. Pipe lagging performance, critical radius of insulation. Fin materials, construction and performance.
Transient Conduction
Lumped capacitance. Heisler and Gruber charts. Chilling and freezing of foods.
Fundamentals of convection. Velocity, thermal, concentration boundary layers. Laminar/turbulent flow. Heat and momentum transfer and analogies.
Forced Convection
External:Flow over flat plates, cylinders, spheres. Flow across tube banks. Internal: Laminar and turbulent flow in tubes; entrance region. Constant surface heat flux; constant surface temperature.
Free Convection
Physical considerations. Laminar/turbulent flow over vertical and horizontal plates; horizontal pipes.
Fundamental concepts: blackbody, graybody radiation. Absorbtion, reflection and transmission by real surfaces. Solar radiation. Collector panel design and performance. Environmental issues.
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Application of Finite Volume methods, turbulence modelling, Software
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Open-book Examination Ongoing assessment of class material. 1,3 10.0 Week 4
Performance Evaluation Application of CFD to classical heat transfer problems 2,4 20.0 Week 11
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 70.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Theory 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Tutorial Sample problems on ongoing material. 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) sample problem practice; revision. 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Yunus A. ┬Łengel, Afshin J. Ghajar 2014, Heat and mass transfer Fundamentals and Applications, 5th Ed Ed., McGraw-Hill New York [ISBN: 0077366646]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Holman J. P. 2002, Heat Transfer, 9th Ed., 1,2,4,5,6,7,8, McGraw Hill NY [ISBN: 0-07-240655-0]
  • Incropera, F. P., DeWitt, D. P., Bergman, T. L., Lavine, A. S. 2007, Introduction to Heat Transfer, 5th Ed., 1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,12, Wiley NJ [ISBN: 978-0-471-45727-5]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_EMECH_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering 7 Mandatory
CR_EMESY_8 Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Systems 1 Mandatory

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