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ME 618 Heat Exchanger Design

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ME 618 Heat Exchanger Design (3). Prerequisites: ME 401 and ME 440. Thermal and hydraulic design of heat exchangers. Selection and optimum design of heat exchangers. Cost and construction of heat exchangers.

Prerequisites by Topic

  1. Fluid mechanics.
  2. Heat transfer.


Sadik Kakac and Hongfan Liu, Heat Exchangers - Selection, Rating and Thermal Design, 2nd edition, CRC Press, Inc., 2002.


Standard heat transfer textbooks, e.g., Incropera and DeWitt; G.F. Hewitt, G.L. Shires, and T.R. Bott, Process Heat Transfer, CRC Press, Inc., 1994.


E.G. Brehob, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Course Learning Outcomes

This course provides graduate students in mechanical engineering with the ability to design, analyze, and evaluate heat exchangers.

Topics Covered

  1. Introduction of classes of heat exchangers (2 classes).
  2. Mechanisms of heat transfer (3 classes).
  3. Basic theory of heat exchangers (5 classes).
  4. Selection of heat exchangers (2 classes).
  5. Double-pipe heat exchangers (1 class).
  6. Shell-and-tube heat exchangers (3 classes).
  7. Plate-fin heat exchangers (2 classes).
  8. Other types of heat exchangers (5 classes).
  9. Fouling of heat exchangers (1 class).
  10. Enhancement of heat transfer (2 classes).
  11. Presentations (3 classes).
  12. Examinations (1 class).

Computer Use

Computer work (spreadsheets, drawing packages, and word processors) will be required for some of the homework and the projects.


Two design projects will be assigned during the semester and will be graded based on a written report. An oral presentation oral presentation will be given based on a current journal article relating to the topics of the course.

Class/Laboratory Schedule

Three 75 minute sessions per week during the summer semester devoted to lecture, discussion, and problem solving.


Homework 10%, exam 30%, presentation 20%, design projects 40%.

Professional Component Contribution

Engineering design: 3 credits.

Relationship to Program Outcomes

This course supports Mechanical Engineering program objectives by developing:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve problems in the field of mechanical engineering. An ability to communicate effectively.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern tools necessary for the practice of mechanical engineering.

Prepared by E.G. Brehob, June 2006

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