The course takes place in period

1 (2021-08-01 to 2021-10-24)


Professional studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the study unit is to provide students
competences related to heat transfer analyses in
engineering design.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course,
1.Students understand the different modes of heat
transfer and their applications.
2. As a result of validation analyses using FEM,
students will learn how to model heat transfer
problems on COMSOL Multiphysics FEM software
3. Students model time dependent
(transient) heat transfer problems based on the
Lumped sum capacitance method
4. The students will understand convection heat
transfer coefficient analysis within thermal
boundary layers and conduct analysis of local and
average heat transfer coefficients
5. Students will understand basics of radiation
and analyze problems on solar radiation

Course contents

1.Introduction on the three modes of heat
2.Relation of heat transfer to first law of
thermodynamics (Conservation of Energy)
3.Using finite element (FE) analyses in heat transfer analysis (COMSOL)
4.Three-dimensional conduction in Cartesian and
cylindrical coordinates
5.Thermal resistance in plane walls and
concentric pipes
6.Fundamentals in transient conduction (one-
7.Convection and thermal boundary layer
8.Introduction to radiation

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Linear Algebra, Differential calculus, integral

Previous course names


Additional information

Learning activities will be held in a classroom in accordance with the Covid-19 restrictions.

All additional info can be found on
Itslearning website

Recommended or required reading

Fundamentals of Heat and mass transfer 6th edition-

Study activities

  • Lectures - 50 hours
  • Practical exercises - 45 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 40 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 135 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 135 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

Exams (written-, oral-, home-)

Assessment requirements

Weekly Exercises up to 30 %
Course assignment using FE tool up to 20 %
Final Exam up to 50 %

In order to pass the course, students must:
1.Score greater than or equal to 50 % of the assessment evaluation
2. Submit required deliverables.


Gebrehiwot Silas


Gebrehiwot Silas

Group size

No limit (45 students enrolled)

Assignments valid until

Until further notice

The timetable of the course


Course enrolment period

2021-08-09 to 2021-09-05

Assessment methods

Date of examination will be announced later - Exams

Room reservations
Date Time Room Title Description Organizer
2021-08-30 09:15 - 12:00 D4107-08 Heat Transfer Gebrehiwot Silas
2021-09-06 09:15 - 12:00 D4107-08 Heat Transfer Gebrehiwot Silas
2021-09-13 09:15 - 12:00 D4107-08 Heat Transfer Gebrehiwot Silas
2021-09-20 09:15 - 12:00 D4107-08 Heat Transfer Gebrehiwot Silas
2021-09-27 09:15 - 12:00 D4107-08 Heat Transfer Gebrehiwot Silas
2021-10-01 13:00 - 14:00 D399 Heat Transfer This is an online COMSOL tutorial Gebrehiwot Silas
2021-10-04 09:15 - 12:00 D4107-08 Heat Transfer Gebrehiwot Silas
2021-10-11 09:15 - 12:00 D4107-08 Heat Transfer Gebrehiwot Silas
2021-10-18 09:15 - 12:00 D4107-08 Heat Transfer Gebrehiwot Silas

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