Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer, 6th Edition – Frank P. Incropera

Since the last edition, fundamental changes have occurred, both nationally and globally, in how engineering is practiced, with questions raised about the future of the profession. How will the practice of engineering evolve over the next decade? Will tomorrow’s engineer be more valued if he is a specialist, or more handsomely rewarded if she has knowledge of greater breadth but less depth? How will engi­neering educators respond to changing market forces? Will the traditional bound­aries that separate the engineering disciplines in the typical college or university remain in place?

We believe that, because technology provides the foundation for improving the standard of living of all humankind, the future of engineering is bright. But, in light of the tension between external demand for generalization and intellectual satisfac­tion of specialization, how will the discipline of heat transfer remain relevant? What will the value of this discipline be in the future? To what new problems will the knowledge of heat transfer be applied?

In preparing this edition, we attempted to identify emerging issues in technol­ogy and science in which heat transfer is central to the realization of new products in areas such as information technology, biotechnology and pharmacology, alterna­tive energy, and nanotechnology. These new applications, along with traditional ap­plications in energy generation, energy utilization, and manufacturing, suggest that the discipline of heat transfer is healthy. Furthermore, when applied to problems that transcend traditional boundaries, heat transfer will be a vital and enabling disci­pline of the future.

We have strived to remain true to the fundamental pedagogical approach of previous editions by retaining a rigorous and systematic methodology for problem solving, by including examples and problems that reveal the richness and beauty of the discipline, and by providing students with opportunities to meet the learning objectives.


Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Introduction to Conduction
Chapter 3. One-Dimensional, Steady-State Conduction
Chapter 4. Two-Dimensional, Steady-State Conduction
Chapter 5. Transient Conduction
Chapter 6. Introduction to Convection
Chapter 7. External Flow
Chapter 8. Internal Flow
Chapter 9. Free Convection
Chapter 10. Boiling and Condensation
Chapter 11. Heat Exchangers
Chapter 12. Radiation: Processes and Properties
Chapter 13. Radiation Exchange Between Surfaces
Chapter 14. Diffusion Mass Transfer
Appendix A. Thermophysical Properties of Matter
Appendix B. Mathematical Relations and Functions
Appendix C. Thermal Conditions Associated with Uniform Energy Generation in One-Dimensional, Steady-State Systems
Appendix D. The Convection Transfer Equations
Appendix E. Boundary Layer Equations for Turbulent Flow
Appendix F. An Integral Laminar Boundary Layer Solution for Parallel Flow over a Flat Plate

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