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# SESM3032 Heat Transfer and Applications

## Module Overview

This module gives a comprehensive coverage of the classical heat transfer syllables, including steady and transient heat conduction, convection and radiation. While the underlying mathematics are properly elaborated, their conceptual significance and physical interpretations are emphasised and enforced through in-class examples. Numerical methods are introduced for problems in 2-3 dimensions and the use of commercial software such as AnsysTM is introduced. In addition to the traditional analysis of heat exchangers, the application section is expanded to introduce heat transfer engineering at different heat flux and/or temperature differences, with emphasis on energy systems and the thermal management of electronic components/devices.

### Aims and Objectives

#### Learning Outcomes

##### Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

• The mechanisms for different heat transfer modes and their relevance to a wide range of mechanical engineering themes
• The engineering practices for enhancing heat transfer or increasing thermal insulation.
• The mathematical underpinning of heat transfer analysis and corresponding problem solving techniques.
• The relevant thermal properties of materials and working fluids and the considerations for material selection according application requirements
• The use commercial software for heat transfer analysis.
##### Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

• Be able to independently assess the relevance and impact of heat transfer process in a given engineering application/context.
• Identify and advise the dominant heat transfer mode and qualitative estimation of its importance.
• Be able to appreciate and discuss with specialists the best heat transfer solutions.
##### Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

• Work as heat transfer and thermal analysis specialist as part of design teams.
##### Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

• Abstract and formulate the heat transfer analysis for a given engineering problem by applying the appropriate equations and/or correlations
• Use the appropriate method (conceptual, analytical and numerical) to obtain the solution for a given heat transfer problem.
• Evaluate and critically assess the heat transfer analysis presented.
• Outline engineering design for heat transfer applications

### Learning and Teaching

#### Teaching and learning methods

The teaching method is based primarily classroom teaching, which consists of systematic development of theoretical fundamentals and problem solving through examples. Comprehensive lecture notes are provided. Problem sheets and solutions are distributed by stages to aid independent study. Some in-class demonstrations (boiling heat transfer, heat pipes etc) are used. Computer based sessions are used for the numerical modelling content.

TypeHours
Tutorial3
Follow-up work36
Preparation for scheduled sessions36
Revision18
Practical classes and workshops6
Lecture36
Total study time150

### Assessment

#### Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Continuous Assessment 30%
Final Assessment  70%

#### Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution