This 5-day course provides understanding of heat transfer mechanisms is the prerequisite to design, develop, and optimisation of many thermochemical processes in engineering applications. 

This course aims to provide you with an in-depth understanding of advanced heat transfer concepts, and relevant numerical and analytical techniques to tackle thermal challenges in domestic and commercial, industry, power, and transport sectors.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,700 The course fee includes refreshments and lunch during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. Concessions available

Course structure

Five days of lectures, including fundamentally practical examples. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the principles governing the transfer of heat and apply a range of techniques, tools and skills to analyse and solve typical engineering problems,
  • Formulate appropriate procedures/strategies for solving complex problems and making sound judgements in the absence of complete data,
  • Critically evaluate and analyse energy flows in complicated systems and design heat-transfer equipment,
  • Develop numerical models to address relevant heat transfer challenges in different sectors.

Core content

  • Conduction: The differential heat-conduction equation and solutions for (1) One-dimensional, steady-state conduction; (2) Two-dimensional, steady-state conduction; and (3) One-dimension unsteady-state conduction heat transfer. Lump systems. Heat transfer from finned surfaces,
  • Convection: Forced and natural convection. The convective heat transfer coefficient. Fluid flow and the boundary layer concept. Turbulence. Boundary layer equations. The conservation equations. Boundary-layer equations. Analytical and integral solutions of boundary-layer equations. Derivation of heat transfer correlations from transport equations for different case studies,
  • Thermal radiation: Intensity of radiation and emissive power. Irradiation. Blackbody radiation. Electrical resistance analogy for radiation heat exchange between surfaces,
  • Boiling and condensation heat transfer: Pool boiling. External forced-convection boiling. Internal forced-convection boiling. Heat transfer enhancement in pool boiling. Laminar and turbulent contestation on cylinders and spheres; and vertical/inclined/horizontal plates. Film condensation inside tubes. Combined boiling and condensation heat transfer. Development of heat transfer correlations for tackling boiling/condensation applications,
  • Numerical modelling of heat transfer modes: Development of steady-state and transient 2D/3D CFD models for modelling thermal processes in engineering applications. Development of analytical solutions to validate the developed CFD models. 

Who should attend

Engineers who work in the energy, process, or chemical industry, design practices or services.


Dr Ali Nabavi


10% discount applies if booked 8 weeks in advance. 10% discount for 3rd and subsequent delegates from the same company/site.

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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