TKP4100 - Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

The subject is split in two where the first part comprises fundamental fluid mechanics and the second part practical fluid flow and heat transfer. The first part starts with an introduction to statics and forces in motionless fluids. Further, force balances and potential flow is desribed, the Euler and Bernoulli equations deduced and used in examples. The viscosity concept and friction are introduced in practical fluid flow calculations for pipes, valves and flow meters in incompressible media. Compressible fluid flow in pipes and nozzles is treated and equations for critical, sub- and supersonic flow are developed.
In the heat transfer part we start with Fouriers law for conduction in planar and cylindrical coordinates and for single or multiple layers. Convective heat transfer is introduced, coupled with conduction, and heat transfer coefficients are defined for various geometries. Empirical correlations for forced convection inside and outside various geometries are discussed and used in examples. Their basis in dimensional analysis is developed. Heat transfer based on natural convection, boiling and condensation is discussed and correlations presented.
The basis for radiative heat transfer is develope, the concept of view factor introduced, and a relatively general equation for radiative heat transfer between two bodies developed and used for simple geometries. Furthermore, an introduction to radiative heat transport in gases is given. Unsteady-state heat transfer is introduced, applications where the lump capacity method or semi-infinite solids approach can be used are presented. Throughout the semester the theory is used to solve heat transfer problems in industrially relevant applications, like high temperature reactors and heat exchangers.

Learning outcome

At the end of the course the students should know:
- The use of force balances on control volumes.
- The basis for and the development of the Euler and Bernoulli equations.
- The various mechanisms for transport of heat inclusive boiling and condensation.
- The operation and dimensioning of indistrial heat exchangers, their limitations and typical uses.
- Calculate pressure drop, friction loss and velocities in pipe networks for both incompressible and compressible flows.
- Calculate heat transfer coefficients and total heat transfer numbers for planar, cylindrical and spherical geometry.
- Dimension selected heat exchanger types.
- Use programming in Python to solvent simple heat transfer problems.

Learning methods and activities

Problem based activities and lectures with worked through examples. In order to get access to the exam 8 out of 13 compulsory exercises must be passed (4 of these must be excersice nr 8-13).
Expected workload for this course during one week: 6 hours of lecture, 2 hours with excersises and 5 hours of self-study.
The course is lectured in Norwegian.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

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

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

C. Geankoplis: Transport processes and unit operations, 4 ed., Prentice-Hall, 2003.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIK2005 7.5
TMAK2007 7.5 01.09.2018
TMT4206 7.5 01.09.2019
KP3150 7.5 01.09.2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 6
Lab hours: 2
No.of specialization hours: 4

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Chemical Engineering



Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 D 2021-05-20 09:00 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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