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ZUG4018 – Mass and Heat Transfer (Elective)

Undergraduate – Module

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this module is offered.


Business, Engineering and Technology


South Africa
On-campus block of classes

  • Semester 1, 2021 (Mainstream Programme)
  • Semester 1, 2022 (Extended Programme)

8 credits, NQF Level 7


The module provides students with the knowledge of determining the magnitude of heat transfer generated by conduction, convection and radiation processes in heterogeneous environmental conditions. It further discusses the behaviour of systems that depend on convective processes for either heat gain or dissipation. It explains the process of heat loading experienced by objects in a radiation invested environment. Mass transfer via diffusion processes is also an important element of this module. To develop the skill to design heat exchanges for a thermal specification or duty. Of significant value is the module’s is the ability of the students to use the heat transfer principles required to solve thermal design problems.


On completion of the module, students will be expected to be able to:


Establish an understanding of the applications of principles of conduction, convection, and radiation heat transfer


Solve one-dimensional conduction heat transfer problems


Solve steady state multidimensional heat transfer problems


Solve unsteady state heat transfer problems


Quantify convection heat transfer effects in external and internal flow applications


Develop the ability to use the heat transfer principles in thermal design problems


Coursework assessment: 25%
Examination: 75%

Workload requirements

Heat transfer by conduction, convection or radiation in a steady or unsteady state occurs in all systems and processes that are within close proximity of each other. In some cases heat transfer even occurs as part of combination of more than one heat transfer mode. The module equips the students with the ability to solve heat transfer and thermal design related problems. There will be a combination of lectures, that will include interactive elements. All outcomes will be assessed by means class tests and a final examination.

Chief examiner(s)





Mechanics of Fluid Flow Systems, Thermodynamics Properties of Fluids, Advanced Mechanics of Fluid Flow Systems, Thermal Machinery for Industrial Application