Course detail

Heat Transfer Processes

FSI-9TPZAcad. year: 2020/2021

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.

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.


Thermodynamics, and Hydromechanics


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Stephan, P. (ed.): VDI Heat Atlas, 2nd ed., Springer, Berlin, Germany (2010) (EN)
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)
Webb, R. L.; Kim, N.-H.: Principles of Enhanced Heat Transfer, 2nd ed., Taylor & Francis Routledge, Abingdon, UK (2005) (EN)
Green, D. W.; Perry, R. H.: Perry’s Chemical Engineer’s Handbook, 8th ed., McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, USA (2008) (EN)
Kakaç, S; Liu, H.: Heat Exchangers: Selection, Rating, and Thermal Design, 3rd ed., CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, USA (2012) (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Course is concluded by exam. Handover of written work is necessary 2 weeks before exam. The exam is in oral form, evaluation of written work represents 50% of the final evaluation.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The course objective is for students to acquire basic theoretical knowledge of heat transfer, which is important for solving practical problems. Students will learn how to work with technical literature and they will master basic regularities.

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

The attendance at lectures is recommended.
The students’ knowledge is checked by the oral exam connected with defence of written students work. Missed lesson can be substituted by self-study with use of study materials (literature) specified by course lecturer.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme D-ENE-P Doctoral, 1. year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, recommended

Type of course unit



20 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


- Significance of heat transfer processes in process engineering, relationship between theory and practice.
- Basic types of heat transfer equipment, literature overview.
- Basic equations for heat exchanger design.
- Shell-and-tube heat exchangers (SHE) – description, design principles.
- SHE continued: calculation methods, thermal and hydraulic calculations.
- SHE continued: correction coefficients, Bell-Delaware method and its application.
- SHE continued: design and rating calculation procedures, computation algorithm.
- Plate heat exchangers (description, usage, advantages, calculation procedure).
- Compact heat exchangers (description, usage, advantages, calculation procedure).
- Air coolers (description, usage, advantages, calculation procedure). Special heat exchangers.
- Heat exchangers with two-phase flow, boiling, condensation.
- Heat exchanger optimisation, functionality check, fouling, validation of equations.
- Fired heaters (heaters and reaction furnaces, description, usage, advantages, calculation procedure).
- Evaporators and boilers (description and usage, design procedure).