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Course : Heat Transfer

Course Number
MENG 3234
Section Number
Spring 2021
McCoy Engineering Hall, MY 136
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 12:00 am

 Course Learning Objectives

Name the three major mechanisms of heat transfer

Derive the conduction heat equation for different geometrical configuration

Describe the concept of steady heat conduction and thermal resistance

Describe the concept of transient heat conduction and its applications

Develop the finite difference formulation of differential equations in heat transfer

Describe the physical mechanisms of heat convection

Derive the convection differential equation

Explain the concept of heat transfer in external flow

Find temperature profile and Nusselt Number in laminar flow

Explain the Log mean temperature difference method – NTU method

Write formal and informal engineering reports



MENG 3243 Computer Aided Engineering


Basic computer skills, MS Excel, hand calculator


Heat and Mass Transfer, Fundamentals & Applications. Yunus A. Cengel, Afshin J. Ghajar, 5th Edition, McGraw Hill.

• Lecture Format
This course consists of a three 50-minutes sessions per week and two lab hours. The three hours class will be spent mostly explaining and discussing concepts, and solving relevant case problems. The other two class hours (taught by Dr. M. Elsharafi) will be dedicated to lab experiments, result analysis, and lab reports. Lectures will not be used to communicate the entire textbook course content and thus, students will have to study a set of course paragraphs specified by the instructor on their own to further their understanding. Student participation in class discussions is highly recommended and rewarded.

• Exams
There will be two regular exams plus one comprehensive exam at the end of the semester. Each exam is based on two testing parts. A programming part based on class notes and chapters reading (closed book) is designed to test the students’ ability to acquire a self-reading knowledge of the taught materials. A one paper sheet is allowed for personal notes. A practical programming part (open book) is designed to test the students’ ability to program, analyze, and solve a set of Heat Transfer problems. Each exam is based on the course materials developed between two consecutive exams, except for the last one which is comprehensive. You are expected to take the exam on the scheduled date and time it is given. However, if for a major and acceptable reason you are unable to do so, then you must inform the instructor in advance in writing and give a valid proof of your absence. The instructor will then give a make-up exam toward the end of the semester. For those who did not have a valid reason for missing the exam, they are allowed to take the make-up exam, but they will be graded over 80% of the regular 100% exam grade. The examination materials for the make-up exam may be very different from the ones given in regular exams.

• Homework & Quizzes
Homework will be assigned from a set of chosen chapters by the instructor. Organized, neat with appropriate content homework have to be turned in on the due date at the beginning of class, 20% of the grade. After the deadline, homework will still be accepted till the end of the semester, 12% of the grade. There will be a quiz given for each homework to encourage the students to study the course materials and do the homework by themselves. Quizzes will consist of questions related to current homework problems, 80% of the grade. You are expected to take these quizzes on scheduled dates and times specified by the instructor. However, if for a major reason you are unable to do so, then you must provide the instructor with a valid written excuse. For those who missed quizzes with a valid reason, the instructor will then give a make-up quiz at the end of the semester, 80% of the grade. For those who did not have a valid reason for missing the quizzes, they are allowed to take the make-up quiz, 48% of the grade. The examination materials for the make-up quiz may be very different from the one missed. It is absolutely forbidden during the quiz session to use cell phones or other electronic devices with the exception of a hand calculator. Each student is responsible for submitting his own individual personal homework and quiz copy, written in his own words. No dual or group homework copy is accepted unless specified by the instructor.

• Lab Reports
See with Dr. Elsharafi


• Course Grade
The final grade for the course will be based on the scores earned in the two mandatory exams, the mandatory comprehensive exam, the average score earned in the quizzes and in the homework, and the average score earned in lab reports. The first exam contributes 10%, the second exam contributes 25%, the comprehensive exam contributes 35%, quizzes and homework average contributes 10%, lab reports average contributes 15%, and participation, neatness, attitude, and class attendance contribute 5%, for a total of 100%. The overall average score (X) for the course is determined as follows:

X = 0.10 x exam1 score + 0.25 x exam 2 score + 0.35 x Comprehensive exam score + 0.10 x (quizzes average score + homework average score) + 0.15 x (lab report average score) + 0.05 x (participation/neatness/attitude/attendance scores).



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