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The Heat Transfer Division's objective is to enhance the theory and application of heat transfer in equipment and thermodynamic processes in all fields of mechanical engineering and related technologies.As such, the HTD's scope is of interest to other ASME divisions, as well as other national and international societies.
Beginning in the early part of the twentieth century the number of ASME members having a technical interest in the field of heat transfer began to steadily increase. This lead to the formation of a Heat Transfer Professional Group within the Process Industries Division of ASME in 1938. This Group became the Heat Transfer Division in 1941. J.H. Sengstaken was the first Chair of the Professional Group and E.D. Grimson was the first Division Chair.
The Division now enrolls approximately 4500 primary members and 4500 secondary members. The early technical focus of the Division was on those issues related to power - thermophysical properties, insulation, boilers, condensers, heat exchangers and the related heat transfer phenomena. Papers on heat transfer were published as a part of the Transactions of ASME and in some cases, later, in the Journal of Applied Mechanics which was the first ASME journal separate from the transactions. The Division's primary publication, the Journal of Heat Transfer was first published in 1959 under the editorship of J. Jacklitsch. S.P. Kezios served as the Consulting Editor and took over as the first Senior Technical Editor when the position was established in 1963.
The Division initiated Heat Transfer - Recent Contents in 1992 and is a partner with the Electronic & Photonic Packaging Division in the Journal of Electronic Packaging which was first published in 1989. The Division participated in its first major specialists' conference in 1951 at the International Heat Transfer Conference in London. The summer National Heat Transfer Conference became a regular event in 1962. Currently the Division joins with AIChE to sponsor the National Heat Transfer Conference every August and sponsors a technical program at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in November. On every fourth year, the year of the International Heat Transfer Conference, the Division joins with AIAA in the Thermophysics and Heat Transfer Conference in June in place of the National Heat Transfer Conference. The Division is instrumental in two awards given to individuals who have distinguished themselves in the field of heat transfer.
The Heat Transfer Memorial Award was established by the Division in 1959 and was first awarded to N. Zuber in 1961. This award was elevated to a Society level award in 1974. The Division joins with AIChE to award the Max Jakob Award which was established in 1961. The first four recipients of this prestigious award were E.R.G. Eckert, L.M.K Boelter, W.H. McAdams, and E. Schmidt. The Division currently has 13 Technical Committees plus a number of supporting committees. Anyone who is interested in becoming active in the Division should contact the appropriate Committee Chair or a member of the Executive Committee.
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