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Transport Processes I: Heat and Mass Transfer


Physical and chemical transformations of raw materials to products are accomplished in unit operations which involve mixing, heating/cooling, reactions and flow. The efficiency of these processes is critically dependent on the transport of heat and mass carried along with flowing fluid, and across solid/fluid interfaces. The transport across interfaces is entirely due to molecular diffusion, which is the transport in a stationary fluid due to gradients in concentration or temperature. The combination of convection (transport by flowing fluids) and diffusion determine the rate of transport, and the overall efficiency, in unit operations. In this course, we will obtain a physical understanding of how the balance between convection and diffusion determines the overall transport rates in chemical processes, and gives rise to many of the empirical correlations used in chemical engineering design.


Chemical Engineering undergraduates & postgraduates


Engineering mathematics including ordinary differential equations, complex variables.
Undergraduate course in Unit Operations.


Chemical industries, Pollution Control


Prof. V. Kumaran completed his B. Tech in Chemical Engineering at IIT Madras in 1987, and received his PhD from Cornell University, USA, in 1992. After a two year postdoctoral assignment at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, he joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, where he is now a Professor. His areas of research are fluid mechanics, statistical mechanics and dynamics of complex fluids.


Week 1: Dimensional Analysis
Week 2: Diffusion.
Week 3: Transport in one dimension.
Week 4: Spherical & cylindrical coordinates
Week 5: Pressure & body forces in fluid flow
Week 6: Conservation equations.
Week 7: Diffusive transport I.
Week 8: Diffusive transport II.
Week 9: Forced convection.
Week 10: Forced & natural convection.
Week 11: Natural convection.
Week 12: Transport in turbulent flows.

  • The exam is optional for a fee. Exams will be on 23 April 2017
  • Time: Shift 1: 9am-12 noon; Shift 2: 2pm-5pm
  • Any one shift can be chosen to write the exam for a course.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.


  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of best 8 out of 12 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score.Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup. It will have the  logos of NPTEL and IISc Bangalore. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc