Module Overview

Heat Transfer

This module aims to equip the student with the ability to apply heat transfer principles andanalytic methodologies to the solution of common heat transfer problems encountered inpractical situations.

Module Code

HEAT H4000

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Steady state conduction:

Plane and composite walls; radial systems; fins andextended surfaces with convection, analytical methods and numerical methods.

Transient Conduction:

The Biot number and lumped capacitance analysis; planeand radial systems with convection; multi-dimensional effects.

Forced Convection:

Boundary layers and boundary layer similarity; dimensionlessgroups and associated relationships; empirically derived equations for externaland internal flow.

Natural convection

Physical description; Grashoff and Rayleigh numbers; application to different geometries

Boiling & condensation:

Boiling heat transfer; pool and flow boiling; filmcondensation; condensation heat transfer.


Blackbody radiation; radiation properties; black, diffuse and greysurfaces; radiation between surfaces.


Types of heat exchanger; overall heat transfer coefficient;heat exchanger analysis; log mean temperature difference method;effectiveness – NTU method; heat exchanger selection. Simplified pinch pointanalysis for process integration.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)30
Formal Examination70