Covers conduction (governing equations and boundary conditions, steady and unsteady heat transfer, resistance concept); laminar and turbulent convection (forced-convection and natural-convection boundary layers, external flows); radiation (blackbody and graybody exchange, spectral and solar radiation); coupled conduction, convection, radiation problems; synthesis of analytical, computational, and experimental techniques; and mass transfer at low rates, evaporation.
Fall 2020 Update: Fully Remote Classes - To prospective 2.51 students: 2.51 will be an online subject. Lectures and office hours will be given as live (synchronous) Zoom sessions; lectures will also be recorded for your subsequent review. Lectures will include the usual disciplinary material, numerical simulations illustrating various aspects of heat transfer, and Matlab modeling software. Extensive lecture notes will be available on Stellar before lecture for you to download/annotate during class. 2.51 features a project focused on heat transfer -- conduction, convection, and radiation -- in everyday life. You will develop case studies of particular interest to you. All students, on-campus or off-campus, will be provided/have access to a thermometer (IR or thermocouple) for the experimental validation part of the project; experiments will typically be conducted at home (more generally, your living space) or outdoors. The project aspect of the course was very successful in Fall 2019, and fortuitously the theme and deployment is well-suited to both the on-campus and off-campus contexts. You may choose to work in small (combined on-campus/off-campus) groups. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.