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INP5071660, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0528, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Industrial Engineering
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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 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2014 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 A.A. 2019/2020 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 ROSSETTO LUISA (Presidente)
DIANI ANDREA (Membro Effettivo)
DEL COL DAVIDE (Supplente)
4 A.A. 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 ROSSETTO LUISA (Presidente)
DIANI ANDREA (Membro Effettivo)
DEL COL DAVIDE (Supplente)

Prerequisites: Thermodynamics
Heat transfer: conduction, convection, radiation.
Target skills and knowledge: The course covers fundamental aspects of heat transfer and industrial applications.
The student should achieve:
- Knowledge of heat transfer processes in heat exchangers, also with condensation and vaporisation of fluids.
- Ability to design and rate shell-and-tube heat exchangers, plate heat exchangers, fin-tube heat exchangers (coils), plate-fin heat exchangers, also with condensation and vaporisation of fluids.
Examination methods: Written test: problem and theory
Team work: design of a heat exchanger: this project replaces the numerical test (problem).
Final mark: 50% project or problem, 50% theory (written test)
Experimental work in laboratory: 1/30
Exercise with ANSYS: 1/30
Assessment criteria: Ability to rate and design heat exchangers.
Knowledge of the topics presented during the course
Course unit contents: Fundamentals of Heat Transfer and applications: Numerical methods and computer programs (8 hours).
Heat transfer with phase change. Gas-liquid two phase flow, flow regimes, pressure drop, void fraction (6 hours).
Condensation: forced convection, of mixtures, on enhanced surfaces, inside and outside tubes (15 hours).
Vaporization: inside tubes, on a bundle of tubes, of mixtures, on enhanced surfaces. Critical heat flux (15 hours).
Types, thermal and hydraulic rate and design of heat exchangers:
shell-and-tube (4 hours),
plate-and-frame (6 hours),
air-cooled and plate-fin (5 ore).
Recuperators: liquid-couple indirect type exchangers, with heat pipes, regenerative heat exchangers, crossflow exchangers (4 hours).
Transient state problems (5 hours): Lumped capacitance method, Finite difference methods.
Moist Air Cooling and Dehumidification, Evaporative cooling (2 hours).
Heat transfer from combustion gases (1 hour).
Heat transfer in micro structures: theory and applications (heat pipes; cooling of electronics).
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 and pressure drops during forced convection flow in a plate heat exchanger.
A laboratory with REFPROP will be organized (2 hours).
Laboratory activities with ANSYS will be organized (6 hours).
A seminar with engineers from a company that produces heat exchangers will be organized.
Team work: design of a heat exchanger by groups of 3 students.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lecture notes available on (
Articles and books from University of Padova digital library.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • C. Bonacina, A. Cavallini, L. Mattarolo, Trasmissione del calore. Padova: CLEUP, 1992. Cerca nel catalogo
  • H-J Bart, S. Scholl, Innovative Heat Exchangers. 6330 Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2018. Cerca nel catalogo
  • John R. Thome, THE HEAT TRANSFER ENGINEERING DATA BOOK III. Ulm: PP Publico Publications, 2016.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Matlab

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