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Process Heat Transfer
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Subject Core
Undergraduate (UG)
School of Engineering

'Process Heat Transfer' is a course offered in the fourth semester of B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering program at School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore.

Unit 1

Modes of heat transfer – Fourier’s law of heat conduction and applications; Thermal conductivity measurement; Steady state conduction with variable area; Heat transfer coefficient & film theory; Heat transfer in extended surfaces; Heat Transfer to Fluids without phase change: Concepts of heat transfer by convection – Natural and forced convection; Correlations for the calculation of heat transfer coefficients.

Unit 2

Analogies between transfer of momentum and heat – Reynold’s analogy, Prandtl and Colburn analogies; Heat Transfer to Fluids with Phase Change – heat transfer from condensing vapors, drop wise film wise condensation, film condensation on vertical surface and horizontal tube bank; Heat transfer to boiling liquids – mechanism of boiling of saturated liquids; Heat exchangers – shell & tube, double pipe, flow patterns, construction and operational features, theory & calculations, energy balances and effectiveness.

Unit 3

Heat exchanger design procedure – Effectiveness - NTU Method – Chart for different configurations; Theory of Evaporation; evaporator types; single effect and multiple effect evaporation; evaporator design considerations; Radiation heat transfer – Emissive power, Black body radiation, Emissivity, Stefan–Boltzman law, Planck’s law, radiation between surfaces.

  • Binay K. Dutta, “Heat Transfer – Principles and Applications”, PHI Learning Pvt. Ltd., 2001.
  • W. L. McCabe, J. C. Smith and P. Harriot, “Unit Operations in Chemical Engineering“, 6th Edition, McGraw Hill, 2001.
  • J. P. Holman, “Heat Transfer“, 8th Edition, McGraw Hill, 1997
  • F. P. Incropera, “Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer”, 6th Edition, Wiley, 2006
  • J. M. Coulson, and J. F. Richardson, “Chemical Engineering Vol. 1“, 4th Edition, Asian Books Private Limited, India, 1998.