Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr Hung Yew Mun


Unsteady heat conduction, numerical solutions to multi-dimensional conduction problems. Derivation of general governing equations for fluid flow, heat transfer and mass transfer. Free and forced convection heat transfer in laminar and turbulent flow regimes. Fundamentals of mass transfer. Introduction to two-phase heat transfer. Applications to mechanical engineering systems: fuel cells and alternative energy devices, heat pipes in electronics cooling, micro-scale heat transfer and bioheat transfer.


This unit aims to develop an in-depth delineation and understanding of pertinent transport phenomena for any process or system involving momentum, energy and mass. This unit also enables students to develop representative models of real processes and systems and draw conclusions concerning process/system design or performance from attendant analysis.

At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • evaluate engineering problems involving heat conduction by selecting and applying the appropriate tools to model the problem and identifying ways of controlling the system to get the desired outcome. These include steady and unsteady systems in single and multiple spatial dimensions
  • select and use appropriate models and tools in order to predict the performance and know how to alter a system to achieve a desired effect in problems involving energy transfer in a fluid medium. Scenarios could include free/forced convection and phase change in internal/external flow configurations
  • analyze situations involving mass transfer by exploiting the analogy with conductive and convective heat transfer
  • select, design and analyze systems and devices that are widely used in engineering practice to effect heat transfer between fluids


Examination (3 hours, Open Book): 65%
Project work (Literature Research Paper): 20%
Assignments: (15%)

Workload requirements

5 hours of contact teaching time based on a mix of lectures and problem based learning classes in addition to 6 hours of private study per week.

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