Course Syllabus for

Heat Transfer

MMV031F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Spring 2017
Decided by: Per Kristiansson
Date of establishment: 2016-11-14

General Information

Division: Energy Sciences
Course type: Course given jointly for second and third cycle
The course is also given at second-cycle level with course code: MMV031
Teaching language: English


The course aims to provide the students knowledge and understanding concerning the mechanisms of heat transfer and the methods, analytical and empirical, which are used in the heat transfer subject to determine the amount of heat being transferred and the temperature field. The students should reach ability to apply the theory on engineering problems.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

The course covers heat conduction, convection, thermal radiation, condensation, evaporation and heat exchangers. For heat conduction the general theory, extended surfaces and transient heating and cooling processes are included. For the convective heat transfer the basic equations, similarity laws, forced and natural convection are included. Laminar as well as turbulent cases are studied in internal (ducts) and external (tubes, immersed bodies) flows. Thermal radiation covers general theory, black and non-black bodies, grey bodies, view factors, radiative exchange between non-black surfaces as well as gas radiation. The chapter on condensation presents the basic theory on film condensation and influence of essential parameters and the geometry. Introduction to dropwise condensation is provided. The chapter on evaporation concerns boiling, empirical results, two-phase flow and heat transfer, convective boiling and condensation in tubes. The heat exchanger chapter describes various types of heat exchangers in engineering applications, presents theory and methods for sizing and rating of heat transfer equipment.

Course Literature

Sunden, B.: Introduction to Heat Transfer. WIT press, 2012. ISBN 9781845646561.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, seminars, laboratory exercises, exercises, project, study visit

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written exam, written report, written assignments
Grading scale: Failed, pass
Examiner: Director of first and second cycle studies Martin Andersson

Admission Details

Admission requirements: MMVF01 Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics or FMFF05 Thermodynamics with Applications or similar

Course Occasion Information

Start date: 2024-01-16
End date: 2024-03-17
Course pace: Full time

Contact and Other Information

Course coordinator: Martin Andersson <>
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