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ME 665 Radiation Heat Transfer

Catalog Description

ME 665 Radiation Heat Transfer (3). Prerequisite: ME 440. A comprehensive study of thermal radiation. Discussion of Planck distribution function and Stefan-Boltzmann equation. Study of geometry of radiation. Combined effects with convection. Computer applications.

Prerequisites by Topic

  1. Modern physics
  2. Electromagnetic phenomena
  3. Materials science
  4. Integral and differential calculus
  5. Thermodynamics
  6. Basic or Fortran programming


M. Modest, Radiative Heat Transfer, McGraw-Hill, 1993.


R. Siegel and J.R. Howell, Thermal Radiation Heat Transfer, McGraw-Hill, 1981.


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

Course Objectives

This course is designed to give graduate professional students in Mechanical Engineering a quantitative understanding of thermal radiation heat transfer.


  1. Introduction (1 class)
  2. Blackbody radiation (6 classes)
  3. Radiative properties of surfaces (6 classes)
  4. Radiative exchange in a black enclosure (5 classes)
  5. Radiative exchange between diffuse surfaces (7 classes)
  6. Radiative transfer in a participating medium (7 classes)
  7. Engineering treatment of gas radiation in enclosures (5 classes)
  8. Combined modes of heat transfer (3 classes)
  9. Examinations (2 classes and 2½ hours)

Computer Use

Use of the computer will be required for several projects, but students may choose the software tool they prefer to use.

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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