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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Heat and Mass Transfer
Module Code MM432
School School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Yan Delaure
Semester 2: Yan Delaure
Autumn: Yan Delaure
Module TeachersYan Delaure
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
A resit end of year examination is available

The objective of the module is to develop an understanding of important physical principles and modelling methods for the study of heat and mass transfer. Students will explore the theoretical foundations starting from fundamental conservation principles. Derivations of analytical solutions to the governing equations are described for simple problems and a range of functional non dimensional correlations are studied for more practical engineering problems. The emphasis is on providing an understanding of the theoretical background and an appreciation of the range of applicability and limitations of the solutions studied. Classical benchmark fluid flow and heat and mass transfer problems will be solved both analytically and by using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) with a view to introducing CFD, and a range of practical heat exchanger design will be studied.

Learning Outcomes

1. Derive the governing equations for fluid flow and heat and mass transfer
2. Derive analytical solutions to simple fluid and heat and mass transfer problems
3. Identify suitable correlations for the solution of simple fluid flow, and heat and mass transfer problems
4. Critically assess the limitations and suitability of correlations, analytical solutions and numerical approximations
5. Determine the key characteristics of heat exchangers to meet specific operating conditions
6. Select appropriate solution methods for Computational Fluid Dynamics models
7. Use CFD as a tool to solve simple fluid flow and heat transfer problems and assess their limitations

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Formal Lectures
Tutorial24Exercises to support theoretical content of lectures
Laboratory24Introduction to a Computational Fluid Dynamics Software through practical problems
Independent Study115No Description
Total Workload: 187

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to heat transfer
1.Modes of heat transfer 2.Steady one dimensional conduction 3.Review of energy conservation for closed and open systems

Introduction to mass transfer
1.Concentration gradients and diffusion 2. Overview of interfacial mass transfer and solubility 3. Dissolved gas transfer in process aeration

Introduction to convection
1.Review of heat and fluid flow equations 2.Boundary layer equations 3.Introduction to turbulent flow 4.Introduction to non dimensional correlations and solutions

External convective flow and correlations
1.Flow over flat plates 2.Flow over cylinders

Internal convective flow in circular pipes
1.Solution to cylindrical governing equations 2.Review of energy conservation for open systems

Free Convection correlations

Heat Exchangers correlations

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment30% Examination Weight70%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Practical/skills evaluationCFD modelling of heat transfer and fluid flow in internal and external flows.30%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Incropera: 0, Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer, 6, Wiley,
  • Versteeg, H. and Malalasekera, W.: 1998, An Introduction to Computational Fluid Dymanics. The Finite Volume Method, Pearson Prentice Hall,
  • Fluent Inc: 2009, Fluent user guides, Fluent Inc.,
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Date of Last Revision18-SEP-09

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