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Course Name Fundamentals of Heat Transfer
Course Code 15AES332
Program B. Tech. in Aerospace Engineering
Year Taught 2019


Unit 1

Basic Modes of Heat Transfer: Steady State Calculations with Multiple Modes of Heat Transfer – One-Dimensional Steady State Heat Conduction: Composite Medium, Critical Thickness, Effect of Variation of Thermal Conductivity in Solids, Extended Surfaces – Unsteady State Heat Conduction: Lumped System Analysis – Heat Transfer in Semi-infinite and Infinite Solids – Application of Numerical Techniques.

Unit 2

Fundamentals of Convection: Physical Mechanism, Reynolds Analogy – Free Convection In Vertical Flat Plate – Empirical Relation in Free Convection – Forced Convection – Laminar and Turbulent Convective Heat Transfer Analysis in Flows between Parallel Plates, over Flat Plate and in Circular Pipe – Applications of Numerical Techniques in Problem Solving.

Unit 3

Boiling and Condensation – Radiative Heat Transfer: Introduction to Physical Mechanism, Radiation Properties, Radiation Shape Factors, Heat Exchange between Non-Black Bodies, Radiation Shields. Classification of Heat Exchangers – Temperature Distribution – Overall Heat Transfer Coefficient – Heat Transfer in Gas Turbine Combustion Chambers, Rocket Thrust Chambers and Cryogenic Systems.

Text Books

  1. Incropera. F. P. and Dewitt. D. P., “Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer,” 5th edition, John Wiley and Sons, New York, 2002.


  • Yunus A. Cengel., “Heat Transfer – A practical approach,” 2nd edition, Tata McGraw-Hill, 2002
  • Holman. J. P., “Heat Transfer,” 6th edition, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1991.
  • Sutton. G. P., “Rocket Propulsion Elements,” 5th edition, John Wiley and Sons, New York, 1986.

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