Fundamentals of Convective Heat Transfer

By Prof. Amaresh Dalal   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 155
Convective heat transfer is one of the most important areas of engineering sciences. It is major mode of heat transfer during flowing fluid and it is the most common mode of heat transfer used in industry. This course will cover the preliminary concepts, forced convection and natural convection for external flows and internal flows, turbulent flows and phase change heat transfer. Numerical solution of the governing equations will also be covered. This course is more analytical. The course will help faculty members, students and researchers in the field to get indepth concepts in convective heat transfer.

Postgraduate and undergraduate students of Mechanical Engineering and similar branches; Faculty members associated with Mechanical Engineering; Practicing engineers associated with fluid and thermal industries.
PREREQUISITES : Fundamental knowledge of Mathematics, Heat Conduction and Fluid Mechanics should be sufficient.
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Exam Date : 23 Oct 2021
Enrollment Ends : 02 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computational Engineering
  • Computational Thermo Fluids
  • Energy Systems
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: Preliminary Concept
Week 3: Convective heat transfer in external flows - I
Week 4: Convective heat transfer in external flows - II
Week 5: Convective heat transfer in internal flows - I
Week 6: Convective heat transfer in internal flows - II
Week 7: Convective heat transfer in internal flows - III
Week 8: External natural convection
Week 9: Internal natural convection
Week 10: Numerical solution of Navier-Stokes and energy equation
Week 11: Turbulent flow and heat transfer
Week 12: Boiling and condensation

Books and references

1. Biswas, G., Dalal, A., and Dhir, V. K., “Fundamentals of Convective Heat Transfer”, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2019.
2. Burmister, L. C., “Convective Heat Transfer”, Wiley India, 2015.
3. Kays, W. M., Crawford, M.E., Weigand, B., “Convective Heat and Mass Transfer”, Mcgraw-Hill, 2004.
4. Bejan, A., “Convective Heat Transfer”, Wiley, 2006.

Instructor bio

Prof. Amaresh Dalal

IIT Guwahati
Dr. Amaresh Dalal is currently Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. He received his Ph.D. degree from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 2009 and he was Post-doctoral Research Associate at Purdue University from Sep 2008 - Dec 2009. He has research interests in the area of Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer, Finite Volume Methods and Unstructured Grid Techniques, Multiphase Flows. Dr. Dalal is now profoundly involved in developing a general purpose, versatile and robust computational fluid dynamics solver over hybrid unstructured grid which can solve a wide range of real-life fluid flow, heat transfer, and problems involving transport phenomena over complex geometries. He received Prof KN Seetharamu Medal and Prize for the Best Young Researcher in Heat Transfer-2017 from Indian Society of Heat and Mass Transfer

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 October 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
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. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

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 Guwahati .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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