MAE 6110 & MAE 3140 Heat Transfer

Fall 2011 – Updated 8/23/2011


310 MEC

Phone: (434) 924-6289

Fax: (434) 982-2037

rjr at Virginia dot edu
Office Hours: When door is open 

Patrick Migliorini (GTA)

346a MEC

Phone: (434) 218-0786

Fax: same

migs at Virginia dot edu

Office Hours:  TBA

Catalog Description

Analysis of multi-dimensional heat conduction under steady and transient conditions; heat, mass, and momentum transfer associated with laminar and turbulent fluid flow in free and forced convection; heat transfer during phase changes; radiation heat transfer analysis including considerations of gray, diffuse, and specular surfaces; Gas radiation; and applications of theory to mechanical, chemical, and nuclear systems.


Course Purpose: The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a basic understanding of engineering heat transfer. Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be capable of performing analysis and design calculations for a large variety of industrial situations. While we cover the three modes as in an undergraduate survey course, one may expect to find more emphasis on analysis and understanding. To aid in this endeavor, modern computational modeling and visualization techniques are employed, allowing the student to probe and understand the underlying physics.


Notice: This semester’s offering is a consolidated graduate/undergraduate course.  The assumption is that neither group has had a solid introduction to heat transfer prior to this course.  Graduate students will be expected to work on several assignments and projects that are more difficult than what the undergraduates do.


Notice:  I use Collab extensively.  You are required to be familiar with Collab features, including which browsers are supported and which are not.  You are required to check the course Collab page regularly.   I will try not to clutter your mailboxes, so you may expect to find many announcements in the normal Tuesday and Thursday class entries on the Collab schedule. These entries are subject to change at any time, e.g., in response to a student question, so I will try to remember to put the date and time of any revision at the top of the entry.    All homework is to be submitted electronically through Collab.


Delivery Mode: Non-local students will participate actively in this course using Elluminate.   Instructions for accessing, installing and using this package are provided here on the CGEP webpage.  You may also be contacted by our technical staff for personalized help closer to the start of the course. Local students are expected to meet in MEC 339, the originating classroom, during the normal course hours.


Recordings of those sessions are available in the course Collab site, usually within a day after the class session.  Per the university policy on class recordings, these recordings may not be shared with or distributed to any person outside of class without my express written permission.  They may be used among students who are currently enrolled in the course for study purposes.  Any additional recordings of the class must be discussed with me first.  For further information, please see the policy PROV-016 online ( to ensure you are aware of your rights and responsibilities regarding classroom recordings.

Meeting Times:  Formal classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:45 in MEC 339.   We will also schedule on-line office hours with the GTA at several times during the week.

Text:  We will be using the draft of a textbook that I am currently writing.  Probably all but one of the chapters we will use this semester will be available through the bookstore in late August.   The missing chapter will be made available later on Collab. Your help in “debugging” this draft will be most appreciated.  Please send me an email noting any errors, omissions and suggestions and I will put a list of them on the Collab page and fix them on the next draft.   The same applies to the HTT software.   Off-grounds students will be able to have it shipped to them by calling the bookstore at 434 – 924-1045.  Please do NOT call them until I tell you the book is available.

Course Materials: Any printed materials that are not part of the draft textbook will be made available in the Resources section of the Collab site and will generally be linked to the specific class in which we use them.

Course Software:  The Heat Transfer Today software package, which will accompany the textbook I am preparing and which we will use extensively in this course, is all available to you on the Hive.  Instructions for accessing the Hive may be found on the ITC webpage.  Heat Transfer Today is under All Programs – SEAS.  

Prerequisites: Undergraduate fluid mechanics is a prerequisite to this course. We also will assume you are reasonably competent with spreadsheets.  Assignments involving computation may be implemented readily on a spreadsheet, perhaps with the inclusion of a VBA macro or two.  Google “Visual Basic for Applications” and you will find a useful primer covering the macro programming language contained within Excel.    Some example spreadsheets using VBA are available in the Collab Resources folder.

Impairments:  Any student who feels that he or she needs an accommodation because of impairment should contact me.

Quizzes:  As noted below, most of the course grade will be based on the assignments/projects. A take-home final quiz will be given.

Homeworks:  Homework assignments will be assigned at a rate of about one ever other week during the semester and are to be worked on in teams of two. Only one assignment is to be submitted per team.  Usually about one week will be given for the completion of the problem set after we have covered the material in class. The problems to be done and due dates will be posted on the Collab site, which you are responsible for checking regularly. Assignments will consist of a mix of end-of-chapter type problems, use of the modules contained on the HTT software collection and a few "light-duty" programming assignments.   All homework will be submitted for grading via Collab and will be returned electronically as well.

Honor System:  Collaboration with others may be educationally beneficial, but any substantial help should be acknowledged in writing.  Collaboration IS expected on the projects and is why you will have a partner.  If you do not understand what you see on the screen in front of you, then it is your partner's responsibility to make sure that you DO!  This is the essence of collaborative learning!  Project reports are to be an accurate reflection of the effort, expertise and understanding of you and your partner. Thus all written work turned in for the projects is to be that of you and your partner. Quizzes and exams are obviously "pledged." Honor violations WILL be forwarded to the Honor Committee.

The Fundamental Canons of Engineering provides for engineers to give proper credit for engineering work to those to whom credit is due. Therefore, references should be cited on all written work to acknowledge the aid of other individuals and both published and unpublished references.

Quizzes/Tests:  You will be having a Collab quiz approximately every week, a mid-term exam and a final exam.  

Grading:  Grades will be determined from the following:









Weekly Schedule:   The schedule below is for general information only.   Please consult the schedule on Collab for exact dates, assignments, etc.





Aug. 23 

Ch. 1 – Introduction

Aug. 25

Ch. 2 - Conduction Fundamentals   


Aug. 30

Ch. 2 –   

Sept. 1

Ch. 3 -  1-D, S-S Conduction 


Sept. 6

Ch. 3 –

Sept. 8

Ch. 4 – 2-D, S-S Conduction


Sept. 13

Ch. 4

Sept. 15

Ch. 5 - Transient Conduction


Sept. 20

Ch. 5

Sept. 22

Ch. 7 – Intro to Convection 


Sept. 27

Ch. 7 – External Forced Flows

Sept. 29

Ch. 7


Oct. 4

Ch. 7 –

Oct. 6

Ch. 8 – Internal Flows


Oct. 11

Reading Day

Oct. 13



Oct. 18

Ch. 9 – Natural Convection  

Oct. 20

Ch. 9  


Oct. 25

Ch. 10 - Convection with Phase Change 

Oct. 27

Ch. 10


Nov. 1

Ch. 11 - Heat Exchangers

Nov. 3

Ch. 11 


Nov. 8

Ch. 12 – Radiation Properties 

Nov. 10

Ch. 12


Nov. 15

Ch. 12

Nov. 17

Ch. 13 Radiative Exchange


Nov. 22

Ch. 13

Nov. 24



Nov. 29

Ch. 13 

Dec. 1

Ch. 13


Dec. 6

Ch. 13