Convective Heat Transfer

By Prof. Arup Kumar Das   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 1680
Convection is a major mode of heat transfer when fluid is attached with the source. Processes of convection are fundamental and linked up with fluid mechanics laws and derivations of thermodynamics. Convective heat transfer has its wide horizon spreading from flow over a flat plate under constant heat flux or constant temperature boundary conditions to thermally developing or developed flow inside a duct. Moreover convection theories will widely vary depending on medium flow field which differentiates forced flow and natural gravity driven heat transfer modes. Convective heat transfer takes a major role in phase change heat transfer as well as mass transfer analogies in chemical processes. Present course targets fundamental understanding of all these facets with derivations and mathematical examples.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : It is an elective course for Bachelor students in Mechanical/Chemical/Aerospace Engineering,Middle level managers from related industry.
PRE REQUISITES : Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics.
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Intel, General Electric, General Motors, ABB, Nuclear Industries, etc.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 21 Feb 2022
End Date : 18 Mar 2022
Enrollment Ends : 21 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 24 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Different Convective Modes, Balance of Total Energy, Derivation of Thermal Energy Equation, Thermal Boundary Layer, Forced Convection: Low Prandtl Number over a Flat Plate
Week 2: Forced Convection: High Prandtl Number over a Flat Plate, Forced Convection over a Flat Plate: Uniform Heat Flux, Natural Convection: Uniform Wall Temperature, Natural Convection: Uniform Heat Flux, Tutorials on Convection over flat plate
Week 3: Forced Convection in Ducts, Thermally Developed Slug Flow in a Duct, Thermally and Hydrodynamically Developed Flow: Uniform Heat Flux, Thermally and Hydrodynamically Developed Flow: Uniform Wall Temperature, Thermal Entrance Region
Week 4: Tutorials on Convection inside duct, Rayleigh Benard Convection, Heat Transfer with Phase Change, Mass Transfer, Tutorials on Phase change and mass transfer

Books and references

  • Burmister, L. C., Convective Heat Transfer, Wiley Interscience
  • Arpaci, V.S. and Larsen, P.S., Convection Heat Transfer, Prentice-Hall
  • Bejan, A., Convective Heat Transfer, Wiley & Sons
  • Kays, W.M. and Crawford, M.E., Convective Heat Transfer, Mcgraw-Hill

Instructor bio

Prof. Arup Kumar Das

IIT Roorkee
Dr. Arup Kumar Das is Assistant Professor in Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at IIT Roorkee and actively involved in teaching and research in the direction of heat transfer for last ten years. His research interests are in the fundamental understanding of interfacial transport in macro and micro-scale confinements with applications in energy, environment, and bio-systems. He has authored and co-authored more than 35 peer-reviewed journal papers, which includes publications in Springer, Royal Society of Chemistry, American Chemical Society and Elsevier journals. He is also active in writing book chapter with reputed international publication house. For his contributions in engineering and sciences, he has been awarded by Indian National Science Academy (INSA), Indian National Academy of Engineers (INAE).

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: 24 April 2022 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 3 assignments out of the total 4 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 Roorkee.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

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