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ME 309 Heat Transfer

Fall 2015
CHAPTER1. INTRODUCTION
Homework 1 (Due: Tuesday, September 1st , 2015)
Part one: problems:
1.1;
1.18;
1.30;

Part two: short questions.


August 20, 2015: General Heat Transfer Concepts
What are the physical mechanism associated with heat transfer by
conduction, convection and thermal radiation?
What is the driving potential for heat transfer?
What is the difference between heat flux and heat rate? What are their units?
What is the temperature gradient? What are its units?
Consider the surface of a solid at an elevated temperature relative to the
surroundings, what are the relevant modes of heat transfer for:
o Perfect contact with another solid
o Flow of a liquid over the surface
o Flow of gas over the surface
o Exposure to a vacuum
What is the inherent difference between the application of conservation of
energy over a time interval and at an instant in time? (January 16, 2014)
What is thermal energy storage? How does it differ from thermal energy
generation? What role do these two terms play in a surface energy balance?
(August 27, 2015)
August 20, 2015: Conduction Heat Transfer
What is the relationship of heat flow and temperature gradient?
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ME 309 Heat Transfer


Fall 2015
What is thermal conductivity? What are its units? What role does it play in
heat transfer?
What is Fouriers Law (You should have this memorized)?
If heat transfer by conduction through a medium occurs under steady-state
conditions, will the temperature at a particular instant vary with location in
the medium? Will the temperature of a particular location vary with time?
August 20, 2015: Convection Heat Transfer
What are the 2 phenomena that make up convection?
What is the difference between natural convection and forced convection?
What conditions are necessary for the development of a hydrodynamic
boundary layer? What varies across a hydrodynamic boundary layer?
What conditions are necessary for the development of a thermal boundary
layer? What varies across a thermal boundary layer?
If convection heat transfer for a fluid is not characterized by a phase change,
what is the nature of the energy being transferred? What is the nature of the
energy if there is a phase change?
What is Newtons Law of Cooling (you should have this memorized)?
What role is played by the convection heat transfer coefficient in Newtons
Law of Cooling? What are its units?
What effect does convection heat transfer from or to a surface have on the
solid bounded by the surface?
August 25, 2015: Conduction/Convection Examples
August 27, 2015: Thermal radiation heat transfer
What is predicted by the Stefan-Boltzmann law (you should have this
memorized)? What are the units of temperature that must be used with this
law?
What is emissivity? What role does it play in characterizing thermal
radiation heat transfer at a surface?
What is irradiation? What are its units?

August 20th 2015

ME 309 Heat Transfer


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What two outcomes characterize the response of an opaque surface to
incident thermal radiation? Which outcome affects the thermal energy of the
medium bounded by the surface and how? What property characterizes this
outcome?
What conditions are associated with the use of the radiation heat transfer
coefficient?
What is the relationship for the net radiation exchange between a small
isothermal surface and a large isothermal surface?

August 20th 2015