Course description

This is the first course in heat transfer, with an emphasis on understanding the fundamental physics underlying different heat transfer processes, making proper approximations for analytical heat transfer calculations and numerical methods for engineering heat transfer analysis. Topics include: introduction to three modes of heat transfer, thermal resistance network analysis, steady-state conduction, transient conduction, numerical methods for heat conduction and convection using ANSYS, free convection, heat exchangers, radiation processes and properties.

Outcome 1: Become proficient with energy balances to develop models of heat flow in various systems.

Outcome 2: Learn terminology and physical principles of heat transfer.

Outcome 3: Develop broad understanding of basic modes of heat transfer (conduction, convection, radiation) and become proficient at predicting heat transfer rates for these modes including computing the heat transfer coefficient for forced and natural convection.

Outcome 4: Become proficient at computing radiative exchange between surfaces.

Outcome 5: Apply basic heat exchanger theory to predict heat exchanger performance for standard designs.

This course is subject to cancellation if there is extremely low enrollment. Non-Cornell students must get permission of instructor to enroll.


MAE 3230 or permission of instructor.

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