Course Syllabus for

Numerical Heat Transfer
Numerisk värmeöverföring

MMV042F, 9 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2013
Decided by: FN3/Per Tunestål
Date of establishment: 2013-03-06

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: MMV042
Teaching language: English


This course aims to provide knowledge, understanding and skill concerning numerical methods for solving heat transfer problems, particularly for forced convective heat transfer.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

In the first stages an overview of various numerical methods and the governing partial differential equations are classified in a general manner. The finite volume technique and the finite difference technique are mainly considered. The usefulness and limitations of the methods are discussed. The handling of so-called convection-diffusion terms is treated in details and commonly used algorithms are presented. Numerical diffusion and its effects are presented. Algorithms for handling the coupling between the pressure and velocity fields are discussed thoroughly and the procedures SIMPLE, SIMPLEC, SIMPLEX and PISO are introduced. Staggered and non-staggered (colocated) grids are discussed and turbulence modeling is summarized briefly. Methods for solving algebraic equations are presented-. In the design tasks some calculations can be carried out by a pocket calculator while some others require computer coding by the students. In addition, a general in-house computer code for two-dimensional problems is provided. Information and applications of commercially available codes are demonstrated. By solving a number of design tasks, tutorial sessions etc, the students will get skill in solving various heat transfer problems of engineering relevance.

Course Literature

will be decided at the beginning of the course

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, laboratory exercises, exercises

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written exam, written assignments
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Assumed prior knowledge: Basic course in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics as well as heat transfer

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