BSc in Mechanical Engineering

Course Information Package

Course Unit TitleGAS TURBINES
Course Unit CodeAMEE403
Course Unit DetailsBSc Mechanical Engineering (Required Courses) -
Number of ECTS credits allocated5
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Appreciate convection, conduction and radiation as well as their occurrence in engineering application.
  2. Use equations developed for one-dimensional cases to perform simple heat transfer calculations.
  3. Estimate convective transfer rates on the basis of geometric and dynamic similarity, and analogy between different convective transport processes.
  4. Use the laws of radiation to compute heat transfer rates for surfaces, such as black bodies and diffuse grey surfaces, with appropriate approximations.
  5. Perform thermal measurement techniques and describe applications for such measurements.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents

Introduction to Heat Transfer: Modes of heat transfer, conduction, convection and radiation

Conduction: Thermal conductivity, Fourier’s law of conduction. One-dimensional steady-state conduction through simple and composite flat and cylindrical walls

Convection: Boundary layers. Forced convection. Dimensionless groups controlling forced convection heat transfer. Natural convection

Radiation: Introduction. Radiative properties. Black/grey body. Stefan-Boltzmann and Kirchoff’s Laws. View factors

Combined heat transfer modes for analysis, heat exchangers

Numerical Modelling of Heat Transfer

Introduction to finite element approaches: 1-D and 2-D heat transfer with finite element approach.

Laboratory Work: Small group experiments performed within the Heat Transfer laboratory. Experiments include the measurement of specific heat capacity, thermal conductivity and other thermal properties of materials. Demonstration of a Thermoelectric Converter.

Recommended and/or required reading:
  • Introduction to Heat Transfer. Theodore L. Bergman, .Frank P. Incropera, David P. DeWitt, Adrienne S. Lavine, John Wiley and Sons, Jun 7, 2011
  • Heat and Mass Transfer, A practical Approach, Yunus A. Cengel, McGraw-Hill, 3rd Edition, 2006
  • Heat Transfer, Mills, A. F., Prentice-Hall, 1999
  • Applied Thermodynamics for Engineering Technologists. T. D. Eastop and A. McConkey; Longman, 1997.
  • Fundamentals of Thermodynamics. Sonntag, Borgnakke, & van Wylen; John Wiley & Sons, 6th Edition, 2002.
  • Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics, 4th edition, by M. Moran and H. Shapiro Wiley & Sons,
Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The taught part of course is delivered to the students by means of lectures, conducted with the help of computer presentations. Lecture notes and presentations are available through the web for students to use in combination with the textbooks.

Lectures are supplemented with laboratory sessions with aim to get acquainted with lab equipment and instruments for measuring temperatures, specific heat capacities, thermal conductivities and other thermal properties.
Assessment methods and criteria
Laboratory Work20%
Final Exam60%
Language of instructionEnglish
Work placement(s)NO