Graduate School

Theoretical and computational heat and mass transfer

This course is part of the programme:
Physics (Third Level)

Objectives and competences

Course in Theoretical and computational heat and mass transfer gives basic understanding of heat and mass transfer and basic computational techniques for analyses of these phenomena. Students prepare a seminary that elaborates one of the discussed topics.



Content (Syllabus outline)

    1. Introduction

    2. Introduction to heat conduction

    3. One-dimensional, steady-state heat conduction

    4. Two-dimensional, steady-state heat conduction

    5. Transient heat conduction

    6. Introduction to convection

    7. External flow

    8. Internal flow

    9. Multiphase systems

    10. Numerical modelling

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:

  • Difussion heat and mass transfer.
  • Convection heat and mass transfer.
  • Analysis of systems with heat and mass transfer in science and engineering
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  • Numerical modelling of heat and mass transfer.
  • Readings

      - F.P. Incropera, D.P. De Witt, Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer, Fifth edition, J.Willey and Sons, New York, 2002

      - A.Bejan, Convection Heat Transfer, Second edition, J.Willey and Sons, New York, 1993

      - H.S. Carslaw, J.C. Yaeger, Conduction of heat in solids, Oxford science publications, Oxford, 1980

      - Selected Web sites


  • Seminar work
  • Oral examination
  • Lecturer's references

    Full professor of Mechanical engineering at the University of Nova Gorica.

    1.D. Bauer, B. Goyeau, and D. Gobin, “Large particule transport in porous media: effect of pore pluggins on the macroscopic transport properties.”, Journal of Porous Media, 11 (2008), pp. 343–360.

    2.M. Bellet, H. Combeau, Y. Fautrelle, D. Gobin, M. Rady, E. Arquis, O. Budenkova, B. Dussoubs, Y. Duterrail, A. Kumar, C. A. Gandin, B. Goyeau, S. Mosbah, and M. Zaloznik, “Call for contributions to a numerical benchmark problem for 2d columnar solidification of binary alloys”, Int. J. of Thermal Sciences, 48 (2009), pp. 2013–2016.

    3.S.C. Hirata, B. Goyeau, D. Gobin, M. Chandesris, and D. Jamet, “Stability of natural convection in superposed fluid and porous layers: Equivalence of the one and two-domain approaches”, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 52 (2009), pp. 533–536.

    4.D. Gobin and B. Goyeau, “Thermosolutal natural convection in partially porous domains”, Journal of Heat Transfer – Transactions of the ASME, 134 (2012).

    5.S.C. Hirata, B. Goyeau, and D. Gobin, “Onset of convective instabilities in under-ice melt ponds”, Physical Review E, 85, 066306 (2012).

    University course code: 3FIi05

    Year of study: 1


    ECTS: 6


    • Lectures: 45 hours
    • Individual work: 135 hours

    Course type: elective

    Languages: english

    Learning and teaching methods:
    lectures, seminars, practicals, individual hours with the lecturer