Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Thermal-Fluid Systems Design

ME 41400 / 3 Cr. (3 Class)

Application of basic heat transfer and fluid flow concepts to design of the thermal-fluid systems. Emphasis on design theory and methodology. Design experience in thermal-fluid areas such as piping systems, heat exchangers, HVAC, and energy systems. Design projects are selected from industrial applications and conducted by teams.


S. Kakac and H. Liu, Heat Exchangers: Selection, Rating, and Thermal Design, 3rd Edition, Taylor.


This course aims at providing the students with design experience in the thermal-fluid area through real life design problems. Various aspects of thermal-fluid design, including the design methodology for various components, team-work and industrial applications are emphasized.

  • Design fluid piping system and find system operating point. 
  • Complete thermal-fluid systems design projects in a team environment. 
  • Exhibit an understanding of heat exchanger design variables & principles. 
  • Design a heat exchanger using Matlab & Minitab analysis tools.  
  • Apply Design-of-Experiments methods to a thermal design problem to understand the effect of main variables and interactions. 
  • Use statistical data analysis tools to estimate product failure rate using Monte Carlo analysis & stress-strength interference).  
  • Computer Aided Engineering
  • Introduction to Minitab
  • One Dimensional System Flow Analysis
  • General applications
  • AFT Fathom Software
  • Piping System Design
  • Fluid Mechanics Review
  • Pipe and Tubing Standards
  • Hydraulic Resistance – Wall Friction
  • Hydraulic Resistance – Minor Losses
  • System Behavior & Flow Networks
  • Pump Types & Applications
  • Heat Exchanger Design Heat Transfer Review
  • Extended Surface Heat Transfer
  • Longitudinal Fins    
  • Heat Exchanger Types
  • Basic Design Method of Heat Exchangers
  •  Heat Exchanger Design