KP3150 - Introduction to Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours C

Course content

The subject gives an introduction to the laws of fluid flow and heat transfer and their applications, with help of analytical, numerical and practical methods. The course is a combination of theory and laboratory work that enables the students to collect and process required information for analysis of heat and mass transfer in combined systems and relevant technologies. The laboratory experiments will be marked as part of the final grade of the course.

Fluid Flow: Fluid properties, pressure and fluid statics, fluid kinematics, Bernoulli equation and pipe flow, Moody Chart.

Heat transfer: Thermodynamic state diagrams, heat pumps, air conditioning, stationary and transient conduction in solid materials, engineering correlations for convective heat transfer, heat transfer in phase transitions, heat transfer in pipes and heat exchangers, radiation.

Measurement methods in fluid flow and heat transfer

Learning outcome

At the end of the course the students will be able to:

- Report process parameters using different units and basis, make and discuss process diagrams.

- Understand fundamentals of fluid flow and properties.

- Calculate pressure drop, friction loss and velocities in pipe flows.

- Understand the basis for and the development of Bernoulli equation.

- Be able to read technical diagrams such as Moody's diagram and thermodynamic state diagrams.

- Solve steady state 1-dimensional conductive and convective heat transfer problems for simple geometries like ducts and surfaces.

- Understand the basis of radiation.

- Estimate heat transfer coefficients.

- Analyze the performance of industrial heat exchangers and calculate the required heat transfer area using the method of log mean temperature difference and the method of heat exchanger effectiveness.

- Understand measurement methods in fluid flow and heat transfer.

- Use Python to solve simple mass and heat transfer problems.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures (60 hours), exercises (30 hours), lab work (10 hours) and self study (100 hours). Admission to the exam requires that 7 of 10 exercises are approved.

Compulsory assignments

  • Lab.
  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

The written exam will count for 100% of the course grade, both the lab exercises and 70% of the exercises must be approved before the student can gain exam rights.

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Materials Engineering (FTHINGMAT)

Required previous knowledge

Access to the subject requires admission to the B.Eng. program in Material Science NTNU, Trondheim.

Course materials

Lectured material based on selected topics in: Bergman, Lavine, Incroperat & DeWitt: Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer, Wiley, 7. ed 2011. Geankoplis, Transport processes and Separation Process Principles, Pearson, 4. ed, 2014.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TKP4100 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
TEP4130 3.7 AUTUMN 2020
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Engineering Subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Chemical Engineering


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 C INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 C INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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