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MEC4103 Heat Transfer

Semester 1, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Engineering
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022


Examiner: Khalid Saleh


Pre-requisite: MEC3102 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or METC or MEPR or MENS


Heat transfer is a necessary process in virtually all forms of energy generation and use; from coal fired to nuclear power stations, from automobile engines to rocket motors, from refrigerating cold stores to air conditioning space vehicles. A sound knowledge of this field is essential for all mechanical engineers.

This course further develops the basic physics concepts and principles learned in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics to heat transfer in its three different modes. The three modes are conduction, convection (free and forced) and radiation. Application of these principles to practical industrial applications is an important aspect of this course.

Course learning outcomes

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. identify the various modes of heat transfer that are taking place in a particular system;
  2. analyse and design simple and complex thermofluids systems working at steady or non steady situations using analytical and numerical methods;
  3. modify existing designs to achieve high efficiency.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Basic modes of heat transfer 12.00
2. Conduction 18.00
3. Numerical analysis of heat conduction 12.00
4. Analysis of convection heat transfer 8.00
5. Natural convection 8.00
6. Forced convection inside tubes and ducts 8.00
7. Forced convection over exterior surfaces 8.00
8. Heat exchangers 10.00
9. Heat transfer by radiation 16.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Cengel, YA. Ghajar, AJ 2014, Heat and Mass Transfer (SI Units), 5th edn, McGraw Hill Higher Education.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Problem Solving 1 No 10 1
Assignments Written Problem Solving 2 No 15 1,2
Assignments Written Problem Solving 3 No 25 1,2,3
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 50 1,2,3
Date printed 30 June 2022