This page is divided into several sections:

- Course Description
- Textbook Information
- Class Requirements and Grading Policy
- Conduction Simulation and Computation

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** 2.52** focuses on teaching students how to model thermal
transport processes in typical engineering systems such as those found
in manufacturing, machinery, and power production. Simplified modelling
techniques and experimental interfacing are included. The course is divided
into successive modules that cover basic modelling tactics for particular
modes of transport, including steady and unsteady heat conduction.

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One such book is A Heat Transfer Textbook by Lienhard and Lienhard (2005), which is available without charge in pdf format.

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There will be one exam held during the regular class time in the regular classroom. The exam will cover material from both the lectures and the homework assignments and will be open book unless otherwise announced.

Students will work in teams of two. You will compose a short report indicating the approximate characteristics of your final design. You should feel free to explore any type of design solution that will achieve the required aims. An appendix to the report should include sample calculations and a list of approximations. Late reports will be severely downgraded. Each team will make a 10 minute presentation of its work at the end of the term.

The report's grade will be based on (not necessarily in this order):

- Clarity and organization of the report
- Performance and practicality of the design
- Originality
- Appropriateness of calculations

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** 2.52** will not be using FEM packages this semester. The following information is provided as a resource to those students who are interested in the
use of numerical methods to solve complex problems in conduction heat transfer.

Numerical tools can be very useful when confronted with issues like multidimensional or transient conduction, irregular geometries, internal heat generation and varying boundary conditions, which are representative of "real-world" problems. One example of such a code is ADINA, which performs finite element analysis of conduction problems. ADINA is a general purpose FEM code, capable of handling structural analysis, fluid flow and heat transfer problems. The ADINA-T module solves two and three dimensional, steady and unsteady conduction problems. The ADINA package includes on-line manuals.

Three tutorial files on using ADINA are available for download:

Another computational tool that is available is MATLAB; one of the "toolboxes" in MATLAB is a graphical menu-driven solver of partial-differential equations. The PDE toolbox can be started by typing "pdetool" at the prompt in MATLAB. The PDE toolbox has a graphical user interface and performs finite element analysis of 2-D time dependent partial differential equations.

MATLAB and PDE toolbox are on Athena. Both include online documentation.
A 30 page booklet titled *Matlab on Athena* is available from the
Copy Technology Center in the basement of Building 7. Manuals for each
package are available in Athena public clusters or from The MathWorks,
Inc. In addition, MATLAB has an excellent built in help system. If you
are familiar with MATLAB but not with the PDE toolbox, you can look at
these simple instructions for the PDE toolbox.

During the course of the semester we may post some numerical files in the course locker. These can be obtained by copying them directly from the directory http://web.mit.edu/2.52/mfiles

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