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School of Engineering
Course unit
IN03109444, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0518, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Industrial Engineering
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge LUISA ROSSETTO ING-IND/10

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines ING-IND/10 Technical Physics 3.0
Core courses ING-IND/10 Technical Physics 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/09/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Prerequisites: The first and the second law of thermodynamics. Vapor and gas power cycles. Heat pump and refrigeration cycles.Fundamental mechanisms of heat transfer: conduction, natural and forced convection, thermal radiation.
Target skills and knowledge: The course covers fundamental aspects and industrial applications of heat transfer and thermodynamics. The student should achieve:
Ability to rate and design heat exchangers.
Knowledge of heat transfer and mass transfer processes with humid air.
Knowledge of fundamentals of gas dynamics.
Examination methods: Written test: problem and theory
Assessment criteria: Ability to rate and design heat exchangers.
Knowledge of the topics presented during the course
Course unit contents: Thermodynamics of moist air: definitions and properties, psychrometric charts, adiabatic mixing, heating, cooling, humidification, air conditioning, water cooling towers, compressed air dehumidification.
Fundamentals of gas dynamics: sonic velocity, Mach number, isentropic flow in varying-area channels, subsonic and supersonic nozzles and diffusers, normal and oblique shocks, adiabatic flow with friction in constant area ducts (Fanno flow), flow with heat transfer in constant area ducts (Rayleigh flow).
Liquid and gas flow in mini and macrochannels: heat transfer and pressure drop.
Heat transfer with phase change: pressure drop with gas-liquid two phase flow; condensation at low and high velocities of pure vapours, inside and outside tubes; nucleate boiling and critical heat flux, forced convection vaporisation .
Thermal and hydraulic rate and design of heat exchangers: shell-and-tube, plate-and-frame, air-cooled, plate-fin gas-gas, condensers, boilers and evaporators.
Heat transfer from combustion gases.
Problems in unsteady condition.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures based on handouts (lecture notes) previously provided to students.
The student can perform experimental work in laboratory (2 hours): measurement of heat transfer coefficients during forced convection flow in a plate heat exchanger.
Possible organization of a seminar.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lecture notes.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • C. Bonacina, A. Cavallini, L. Mattarolo, Trasmissione del Calore. Padova: Cleup, 1992. Cerca nel catalogo
  • A. Cavallini, L. Mattarolo, Termodinamica Applicata. Padova: Cleup, 1992. Cerca nel catalogo
  • A. Cavallini, M. Sovrano, S. Mancin, L. Rossetto, Elementi di Gasdinamica. Padova: Edizioni Progetto Padova, 2012.