This is an introductory course in Fluid Machines. The subject Fluid Machines has a wide scope and is of prime importance in almost all fields of engineering. The course emphasizes the basic underlying fluid mechanical principles governing energy transfer in a fluid machine and also description of the different kinds of hydraulic and air machines along with their performances. There is a well balanced coverage of physical concepts, mathematical operations along with examples and exercise problems of practical importance. After completion of the course, the students will have a strong foundation on Fluid Machines and will be able to apply the basic principles, the laws, and the pertinent equations to engineering design of the machines for required applications.
Basic knowledge of Fluid Mechanics
Dr.Sankar Kumar Som is currently an emeritus Professor (on re-employment) in the department of Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. His field of expertise is thermo fluid sciences. His research interest is combustion science, and in particular,droplet and spray combustion. Apart from guiding 16 doctoral students and publishing more than 100 research papers in peer-reviewed international journals, he has served as principal investigator and chief consultant in several industrial projects with different government and private organizations. He has authored a text book titled 'Introduction to Heat Transfer ', published by PHI learning, and has also co-authored a text book titled 'Introduction to Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Machines', published by McGraw-Hill Education. He has made significant contributions in national programs on distant learning. He has contributed to NPTEL through his video based and web based courses on 'Fluid Mechanics', 'Thermodynamics', 'Fluid Machines and Compressible flows'. He has also taught Fluid Mechanics in a program titled 'Train Ten Thousand Teachers’ under NMEICT. The present UG and PG course curricula in Engineering and Science at IIT Kharagpur were developed under his leadership as the chairman of a Curriculum Review Committee. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India (FNASc) and also of Indian National Academy of Engineering (FNAE). In recognition to his consistent and high level teaching, he was bestowed with the INSA Teachers Award (2014). He has also served the administration at IIT Kharagpur as Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering; Dean, Undergraduate Studies; and Director (officiating).