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ME 664 Heat Convection

Catalog Description

ME 664 Heat Convection (3). Prerequisite: ME 440. Derivation of equations of mass, momentum, and energy in boundary layers. Solutions of laminar and turbulent flow problems. Computer applications.

Prerequisites by Topic

  1. Basic principles of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer
  2. Ordinary differential equations
  3. Some knowledge of partial differential equations


Kays and Crawford, Convective Heat and Mass Transfer, Third Edition, McGraw-Hill, 1993.


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

Course Objectives

This course is designed to acquaint graduate professional students in Mechanical Engineering with selected topics in convection heat transfer--in particular, the basics of convection heat transfer including solutions to related problems in engineering science and design.


  1. Conservation equations of mass, momentum, energy (6 classes)
  2. Forced convection boundary layer equations (3 classes)
  3. Exact solutions for laminar flow forced convection (6 classes)
  4. Integral solutions for laminar flow forced convection (6 classes)
  5. Laminar duct flow, forced convection (3 classes)
  6. Natural convection boundary layer equation (3 classes)
  7. Solutions for laminar flow natural convection (3 classes)
  8. Turbulent flow forced convection heat transfer (6 classes)
  9. Change in phase heat transfer-boiling and condensation (4 classes)
  10. Examinations (2 classes and 2½ hours)

Computer Use

Various analysis software packages.

Laboratory Projects


Laboratory Schedule

Three 50 minute sessions per week devoted to lecture, discussion, and problem solving.

Professional Component Contribution

Engineering science: 3 credits.

Relationship to Program Objectives

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 identify, formulate and solve problems in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • 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, May 2006

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