Course detail

Experimental and Theoretical Determination of Heat Transfer Boundary Conditions

FSI-9OPTAcad. year: 2023/2024

Realistic boundary conditions are the fundamental assumption for the successful application of numerical simulation of the heat transfer problems. These conditions can be set for simple examples according to the literary data; however, complicated and unusual examples must be solved experimentally.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

Student should understand basic physical principles on the level of subject studies at technical universities and should have basic knowledge of thermal processes again on the level typical for master study programs at technical universities.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Demanded is: participation in lectures, theoretical knowledge is examined and student should prepare thermal technical task related to the doctoral topic.


The main goal is to learn how to get realistic (correct) boundary conditions for heat transfer tasks. Typical technical approaches are shown. Experimental methods (laboratory experiments) and its evaluation are discussed and basic principles of inverse heat conduction tasks are explained. Within the course it is possible to consult postgradual project.
Student should be able design and evaluate thermal technical experiment. Should understand principles of temperature measurements and should be able with help of literature solve thermal engineering tasks.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Incropera, F.P., Witt, D.P.: Fundamentals of heat and mass transfer (7) (EN)
Webster, J.G.: Mechanical variable measurement. CRC Press (EN)
Patankar, S.V.: Computation of conduction and duct flow heat transfer. Innovative Research, Inc. (EN)

Recommended reading

Jícha, M.: Přenos tepla a látky. VUT v Brně
Holman, J.P.: Experimental methods for engineers. Mc-GRaw Hill Book Company
ASTM Publication: Manual on the use of thermocouples in temperature measurement.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme D-IME-K Doctoral, 1. year of study, winter semester, recommended
  • Programme D-IME-P Doctoral, 1. year of study, winter semester, recommended

Type of course unit



20 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Types of Boundary conditions at boundary tasks
2. Forced and natural convection
3. Limitation of analytical approaches
4. Basic criteria relations
5. Preparation of temperature experiments
6. Temperature measurements
7. Inverse tasks
8. Application of boundary conditions