ENFP 312 - Heat and Mass Transfer

(3 credits)

Fire test with a MLRS pod

Fire test with a MLRS pod
Photo courtesy of
Andrew Neviackas ('06)
& Danielle Leikach ('06)

FIRE Center Sponsor: The Women In Engineering Program


  • Fluid Mechanics (ENFP 300)
  • Thermodynamics (ENME 320, or ENME 232)


  • Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer, 3rd edition, 2002 by Incroprera and DeWitt.

Course Description

  • This course presents students with the fundamentals of heat and mass transfer. Conduction, convection and radiation are all covered in detail, as well as diffusion and evaporation phenomena. These concepts are specifically used in fire protection applications.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this course, the student should be able to:

  • Have a physical understanding of conduction, convections and radiation, phase change heat transfer and mass transfer phenomena
  • Develop a sound methodology enabling the formulation and solution of a broad variety of related engineering problems

Topics Covered

  • Conduction: thermal Properties, diffusion equation, lumped capacitance transient conduction, semi-infinite solid conduction.
  • Convection: boundary layers, evaporative cooling, external flow convection
  • Radiation: intensity, black body radiation, emissivity, absorption, reflection, Kirchhoff’s law, view factors.
  • Mass Transfer: Fick’s law, mass diffusion, evaporation.