Summer 2021 - MSE 821 G100

Advanced Conduction Heat Transfer (3)

Class Number: 3777

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

    Fr 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM



Advanced course on conduction heat and mass transfer. Fundamental elements of heat conduction. Laplace's equation and its applications. Analysis and modelling of engineering systems involving conduction heat transfer. Experimental methods related to conductive heat transfer. Introduction to cooling systems commonly used in microelectronics industry. Recommended: MSE 223 and MSE 321 or their equivalents.


Course Project:

One project will be assigned throughout the term.

  • Graduate students should complete their project individually. For undergraduate students who take the course as elective, group projects with other undergraduate students or graduate students will be defined.
  • Projects include two presentations during the semester, and a peer-review process of others’ projects.
  • All projects must be handed in following the lecture period on the due date.
  • No extensions will be granted.


Course Outline and Schedule:

  • Steady and transient heat conduction in isotropic media
  • Review of fundamental principles of heat conduction and boundary conditions
  • Introduction to the concept of thermal resistance of systems and of thermal constriction resistance
  • Derivation of gradient, divergence, Laplacian, conduction equation, boundary conditions and thermal resistance in general orthogonal curvilinear co-ordinates
  • Solutions of conduction equations in several co-ordinate systems
  • A review on contact mechanics, thermal joint resistance
  • Thermal interstitial materials (TIM), and experimental methods
  • Asymptotic solutions and blending methods in conduction problems
  • Introduction to cooling methods such as geometrical modeling of engineering surfaces.


Course objective:

  • To develop a conceptual understanding of the fundamental elements of heat conduction, Laplace’s equation and its applications.
  • To be able to analyze and model engineering systems involving conduction heat transfer.
  • To develop an understanding of experimental methods related to conductive heat transfer.
  • To introduce cooling systems commonly used in microelectronics industry.


  • Project 20%
  • Weekly assignments 10%
  • Midterm 20%
  • Final 50%


Textbook:  Notes and selected papers will be provided.


Supplementary Books:

1) Conduction Heat Transfer, Vedat S. Arpaci, Addison-Wesley Pub. Co, 1966, ISBN 0201003597, 9780201003598, 550 pages.

2) Analytical Methods in Conduction Heat Transfer, Glen E. Myers, McGraw-Hill, 1971, ISBN 0070442150, 9780070442153, 508 pages.

No laboratory for this course.




Graduate Studies Notes:

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Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112).