Course detail

Heat Transfer Processes

FSI-KTP-AAcad. year: 2017/2018

The course on "Heat Transfer Processes" is one of basic theoretical courses of Process Engineering specialization. It is concerned with solving various heat transfer systems and equipment. Solutions are made based on recent required industrial priorities such as environmental protection and ecological aspects, decreasing of energy consumption, emissions reductions and economical operation. The course includes also teaching modules from international projects solved together with world reputable universities. The subject is taught in the English language.

Offered to foreign students

Of all faculties

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students realize the importance of theoretical knowledge for practical solutions of industrial heat transfer devices. The process is realized through suitable equipment connection to achieve current requirements such as the protection of the environment, reduction of energy consumption, emissions reduction and economical operation.


Basic knowledge on first-degree study.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Serth, R. W.; Lestina, T. G.: Process Heat Transfer: Principles, Applications and Rules of Thumb, 2nd ed., Academic Press, Waltham, MA, USA (2014) (EN)
Kuppan, T.: Heat Exchanger Design Handbook, 2nd ed., CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, USA (2013) (EN)
Green, D. W.; Perry, R. H.: Perry’s Chemical Engineer’s Handbook, 8th ed., McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, USA (2008) (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Course-unit credit requirements:
Active participation in seminars, submission of an assignment.

Students are evaluated in two phases:
- Written tests and evaluation of the assignment. Upon receiving grade E or better from both the test and the assignment, the student proceeds to an oral exam.
- Oral exam: Students demonstrate their knowledge by proving to understand the subject, not by more memorization (defence of their assignment, explanation of principles using presentations from lectures).

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


Student will learn to apply theoretical knowledge to concrete design and analysis of industrial heat transfer equipment and work with technical literature.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Lessons are held in the computer laboratory. Attendance at seminars is compulsory and checked.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-PRI , 1. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory
    branch M-PRI , 1. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Importance of heat transfer in process engineering.
2. Basic division of heat transfer equipment, literature overview.
3. Basic equations for design of heat exchangers.
4. Shell-and-tube heat exchangers (STHE)-description,principles of calc.
5. STHE - continued: thermal and hydraulic calculation method.
6. STHE - continued: correction factors,Bell-Delaware method and application
7. STHE - continued: algorithms for rating and design of equipment.
8. Plate type heat exchangers (description, features, calculations).
9. Compact heat exchangers (description, features, calculations).
10. Air coolers (description, features, calculations). Spec.exchangers.
11. Heat exchangers with two-phase fluid flows, boiling, condensation.
12. Optimalization of HE, check of functionality, fouling, measurement.
13. Process furnaces (process types, description, features, calc.).
Evaporators and reboilers (description,features, design algorithms).

Computer-assisted exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Fundamental modes of heat transfer
2. Heat conduction
3. Pressure drop
4. Approximation and interpolation
5. Heat balance, principles of heat exchanger thermal-hydraulic design and rating
6. Mean temperature difference, overall heat transfer coefficient
7. Thermal-hydraulic rating of a double-pipe heat exchanger
8. Enhanced surfaces, turbulators
9. Midterm test, specification of assignments
10. Assignment consultation, revision of selected course topics
11. Assignment consultation, revision of selected course topics
12. Assignment consultation, revision of selected course topics
13. Submission of assignments, awarding of credits