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Course Name Fundamentals of Heat Transfer
Course Code 19AEE331
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 – OneDimensional 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

Objectives and Outcomes

Course Objectives

  • The objective of this course is to provide the students with a basic understanding of phenomena of heat transfer: Conduction, convection and radiation, and the methods to solve engineering problems that involve heat transfer

Course Outcomes

  • CO1: Understanding the basics of three modes of heat transfer and their fundamentals, namely conduction, convection and radiation.
  • CO2: Apply the conduction fundamentals to obtain solutions for steady/unsteady state heat conduction problems like heat transfer through solids slabs, extended surfaces, semi-infinite and infinite solids.
  • CO3: Know the parameters influencing convection, their empirical formulation and application to basic free and forced convections problems
  • CO4: Understand the properties of radiation, physical mechanism, shape factors and radiation shields and apply the concepts to basic problems in radiative heat transfer.

CO – PO Mapping



CO1 2 3 1 1 2 3 1 2
CO2 2 3 1 1 2 3 1 2
CO3 2 3 1 1 2 3 1 2
CO4 2 3 1 1 1 3 1 2

Textbook / References


  • 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.

Evaluation Pattern

Assessment Internal External
Periodical 1 (P1) 15
Periodical 2 (P2) 15
*Continuous Assessment (CA) 20
End Semester 50
*CA – Can be Quizzes, Assignment, Projects, and Reports.

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