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Heat Transfer

Heat transfer occurs in many unit operations in variety of processes in chemical, petrochemical, power and pharmaceutical industries. Understanding the fundamentals governing heat transfer is key to designing equipment that involves heat exchange. This course for undergraduate students covers the fundamental aspects and quantitation of different modes of heat transport. The course can also serve as a refresher for graduate students

Undergraduate and graduate students from Chemical and Mechanical Engineering, College teachers, Process engineers 



Linear algebra, Fluid Mechanics

Reliance, HPCL, BPCL, RCF, Other chemical and petrochemical industries


Ganesh Viswanathan is an Associate Professor in Department of Chemical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai. He completed his Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from University of Houston, Houston and Postdoctoral Fellowship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. He conducts research in systems biology of signaling networks and nonlinear dynamics of reactors. Further information about his research and teaching activities is available at http://www.che.iitb.ac.in/faculty/ganesh/


Week 1

Lecture 1: Introduction
Lecture 2: Introduction to Conduction
Lecture 3: Energy Balance
Lecture 4: 1D Steadystate Conduction - Resistance Concept
Lecture 5: Resistances in Composite Wall Case

Week 2

Lecture 6: Resistances in Radial systems
Lecture 7: Heat Generation I : Plane and Cylindrical Wall
Lecture 8: Introduction to Extended Surfaces 
Lecture 9: Extended Surfaces I : General formulation
Lecture 10: Extended Surfaces II - Uniform Cross-sectional Area

Week 3

Lecture 11: Extended Surfaces III – Varying Cross-section area
Lecture 12: 2D Plane wall
Lecture 13: Transient Analyses I : Lumped Capacitance Method
Lecture 14: Transient Analyses II : Full Method
Lecture 15: Transient Analyses : Semi-infinite Case

Week 4

Lecture 16: Introduction to Convective Heat Transfer
Lecture 17: Heat and Mass Transport Coefficients
Lecture 18: Boundary Layer : Momentum,Thermal and Concentration
Lecture 19: Laminar and Turbulent Flows ; Momentum Balance
Lecture 20: Energy and Mass Balances ; Boundary Layer Approximations

Week 5

Lecture 21: Order of Magnitude Analysis
Lecture 22: Transport Coefficients
Lecture 23: Relationship between Momentum,Thermal and Concentration boundary Layer
Lecture 24: Reynolds and Chilton-Colburn Analogies
Lecture 25: Forced Convection : Introduction 

Week 6

Lecture 26: Flow Past Flat Plate I – Method of Blasius
Lecture 27: Flow Past Flat Plate II - Correlations for Heat and Mass Transport
Lecture 28: Flow Past Cylinders
Lecture 29: Flow through Pipes I
Lecture 30: Flow through Pipes II

Week 7

Lecture 31: Flow through Pipes III
Lecture 32: Flow through Pipes IV – Mixing-cup Temperature
Lecture 33: Flow through Pipes V – Log mean Temperature difference
Lecture 34: Flow through Pipes VI – Correlations for Laminar and Turbulent Conditions
Lecture 35: Example problems : Forced Convection

Week 8

Lecture 36: Introduction to Free/Natural Convection
Lecture 37: Heated plate in a quiescent fluid- I
Lecture 38: Heated plate in a quiescent fluid- II
Lecture 39: Boiling I
Lecture 40: Boiling II

Week 9

Lecture 41: Condensation : I
Lecture 42: Condensation : II
Lecture 43: Radiation : Introduction  
Lecture 44: Spectral Intensity
Lecture 45: Radiation : Spectral properties,Blackbody

Week 10

Lecture 46: Properties of a Blackbody
Lecture 47: Surface Adsorption
Lecture 48: Kirchoff’s Law
Lecture 49: Radiation Exchange - View Factor
Lecture 50: View Factor Examples

Week 11

Lecture 51: View factor - Inside Sphere Method, Blackbody Radiation Exchange
Lecture 52: Diffuse, Gray Surfaces in an Enclosure
Lecture 53: Resistances - Oppenheim matrix method
Lecture 54: Resistances - Examples
Lecture 55: More Examples : Volumetric Radiation

Week 12

Lecture 56: Introduction and Examples
Lecture 57: Parallel Flow Heat Exchangers
Lecture 58: LMTD I
Lecture 59: Shell and Tube Heat Exchangers
Lecture 60: Epsilon-NTU Method


Fundamentals of heat and mass transfer 5th Ed. Incropera FR and DeWitt DP. Wiley
  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date and Time of Exams: April 28 (Saturday) and April 29 (Sunday) : Morning session 9 am to 12 noon; 
  • Exam for this course will be available in one session on both 28 and 29 April. 
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.

  • Final score will be 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 8 out of 12 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Bombay.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.