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Convective Heat Transfer


Convective heat transfer is ubiquitous to many domains ranging from large scale power generation to microscale flow. The course as outlined aims to offer insights and fundamentals into convective heat transfer processes. The course will first cover the basics of conservation equations in generalized convective heat transfer systems. Subsequently in the later modules, it will offer in depth analyses of specific areas like a.) internal and external forced convection, b.) internal and external free convection and c.) advanced topics like turbulent heat transfer. The coverage will benefit people from many industries like gas turbines, solar thermal, materials processing to name a few.

Mechanical Engineering/Chemical Engineering


UG/PG: UG and PG

PREREQUISITES: Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics


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Prof. Basu leads large scale initiatives in the area of combustion, multi-phase flow and heat transfer. He is a project leader in the National Center for Combustion Research and Development and SERIIUS (Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States). Before joining IISc, Dr. Saptarshi Basu was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering at University of Central Florida from August 2007-May 2010. Dr. Saptarshi Basu received his M.S. and Ph. D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from University of Connecticut in 2004 and 2007 respectively. His current research interests include combustion instability, flame-vortex interaction, sprays, droplet combustion, colloids, droplet/spray vaporization, acoustic levitation of functional droplets, droplet dynamics in high temperature plasmas, water transport characteristics in fuel cells, thermal storage and general areas of heat transfer. He has expertise in optical diagnostics particularly laser induced fluorescence, particle image velocimetry, tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy, IR-thermography, rayleigh scattering and laser induced incandescence. He has authored over 190 technical publications in journals and conferences. Prof. Basu is a member of ASME, AIAA, ISHMT and Combustion Institute. Prof. Saptarshi Basu has been awarded the prestigious Swarnajayanti Fellowship in Engineering Sciences, 2013-2014; Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Prof. Saptarshi Basu has been awarded the K.N Seetharamu Medal and Prize, 2015; Indian Society of Heat and Mass Transfer, [Awarded to 1 researcher in heat and mass transfer biennially all over India]. Prof. Basu is a Fellowof the Indian National Academy of Engineering.


Week 1  :  Introduction to Convective Heat Transfer
Week 2  :   Introduction to external forced convection
Week 3  : Integral solutions-II
Week 4  :  Other wall heating conditions-unheated length
Week 5  :  Effect of conduction across a solid coating
Week 6  :  Heat transfer to fully developed flow-I
Week 7  :  Heat transfer to developing flow-II
Week 8  :  Integral solutions-II
Week 9  :  Vertical channel flow-I
Week 10  :  Scaling analysis-II
Week 11  :  Rayleigh-Benard convection
Week 12  :  Introduction to turbulent heat transfer -II


•    Convective Heat Transfer, Adrian Bejan
•    Convective Heat Transfer, L. Burmeister "
  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date and Time of Exams: April 28 (Saturday) and April 29 (Sunday) :  Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm
  • 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 calculated as : 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 IISc. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.