Manhattan College

Department of Mechanical Engineering

MECH 325: Heat Transfer– Summer 2018

Meeting Times:

Section 01: Tuesday/Thursday, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM, Leo Engineering Room 327

Course Description:

Conduction, convection and radiation as different modes of heat transfer. Steady and unsteady states. Combined effects. Applications. Four lectures. Spring. Prerequisites: ENGS 205, MECH 318 (Cr.4)


Dr. Mohammad H. Naraghi, Research & Learning Center Room 207F

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 2:00 – 3:00PM; or by appointment; 718-862-7367

Required Textbook:

Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer, by Incropera and DeWitt, 8th Edition, Wiley, 2014.


Course Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, students will be able to analyze problems involving:

  • The principle modes of heat transfer (conduction, convection, and radiation) and applications of these modes to a broad range of practical problems. 
  • Dependent and independent variables in a given problem, perform engineering analysis and develop appropriate expressions (mathematical models).
  • Numerical models (finite difference) and utilize computers for solution of their problems.


ABET Outcomes:

a. An ability to apply math and science in engineering

e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

f. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

i. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning

k. Effective use of the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Assessment Tools:

  • Midterm exams              40%
  • Quizzes                         20%
  • Finite difference project  10%
  • Final Exam                    30%

Attendance Policy

Students are required to fulfill all course requirements as detailed in the course syllabi for their registered courses. Implicit in these requirements is completion of all course assignments and attendance in all classes.

A student who is absent from class cannot expect the course instructor to provide notes or allow makeup tests, quizzes, or laboratories. The student may incur an appropriate grading penalty for such absences if the penalty was described in the syllabus. Reasonable accommodations for absences are recommended, but are solely at the discretion of the course instructor.

If the instructor believes that a student’s failure to attend class is substantially affecting the student’s course grade, then the instructor is strongly encouraged to report the situation to the dean of the school in which the student is matriculated. The dean will address the situation with the student.

Cellular Phone/Portable Electronics Policy

Students are to have cellular phones off their desks and out of sight for the duration of class without the prior permission of the instructor. Any other portable electronics, including laptops, tablets, etc., are to be used for class-related work only while class is in session. Students who fail to adhere to the policy will be subject to actions including, but not limited to, dismissal from class and reduction in grade.

Students with Disabilities

If a student has a documented disability (or disabilities) that requires special accommodation(s), the student needs to provide acceptable documentation of that disability (or disabilities) to the Specialized Resource Center in Miguel Hall, Room 300 – not to the faculty in charge of the course. The Specialized Resource Center will then contact the faculty in charge of the course with appropriate instructions to accommodate the student’s needs. Students who avail themselves of the services provided by the Specialized Resource Center are expected to comply with all of the guidelines established by the SRC. For more information please refer to the SRC website at, and contact the SRC.


Academic Integrity

“The basis of all learning is trust. Thus, academic integrity means that every member of the academic community accepts the responsibility to be open, honest, truthful, ethical, and accountable for all intellectual efforts, for all access to and presentation of data, facts, information, and opinions, and for all access to and use of data or other files (printed, oral, or digital) related in any way to students, faculty, staff, or administration. Academic integrity ensures the application of the highest academic standards and principles of conduct, honest, and truth.” -from the Manhattan College Policy on Academic Integrity.

In engineering, integrity and ethical behavior is particularly important; and, as such, any form of cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, or academic misconduct cannot be tolerated. The Manhattan College policy on Academic Integrity will be applied to all violations of academic integrity in this and all other courses in the School of Engineering.


Tentative Schedule:






Fundamental Concepts

May. 22


Conduction heat transfer; one dimensional

May 24


Conduction Heat Transfer, two dimensional

May 29


Finite difference method

June 5



June 7


Transient heat Conduction

June 12


Basic Equations in convection heat transfer

June 14


Forced convection, internal and external

June 19



June 21


Introduction to radiation heat transfer

June 26


Radiation Exchange between surfaces

June 28


Final Exam