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Mass, Momentum and Energy Balances in Engineering Analysis


The course is intended to revisit the conservation laws as a primer for the study of the transport phenomena and thermodynamics. Both macroscopic and microscopic approaches in applying these laws will be dealt with. The students will learn how to make mass-, momentum- and energy-balances by going through the course.

Aerospace/ Mechanical/ Chemical/ Ocean/ Cryogenic/ Marine/ Naval/Energy/ Petroleum/ Environmental/ Geological Engineering



PREREQUISITES: 10+2 Science and Mathematics

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: All process and allied industries

434 students have enrolled already!!


I have been teaching at the Cryogenic Engineering Centre of IIT Kharagpur since 2002. I have been offering both core and elective courses on mass transfer, separation processes, LNG, CFD etc. to both UGs and PGs. My research area encompasses process intensification, non-conventional energy, carbon capture, cryogenic storage, catalyst development, hydrogen separation etc.


Week 1  :  Introduction to linear algebra (vectors, tensors, and matrix operations)
Week 2  :  Introduction to linear algebra (vectors, tensors, and matrix operations)
Week 3  :  Introduction to numerical methods (roots of nonlinear algebraic equations, regression, interpolation etc.)
Week 4  :  Introduction to numerical methods (numerical integration/differentiation, solution of ordinary and partial differential equations)
Week 5  :  Macroscopic approaches to mass, momentum and energy balances
Week 6  :  Microscopic approach to mass balance
Week 7  :  Microscopic approach to momentum balance
Week 8  :  Microscopic approach to energy balance


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  • Y A Cengel, M A Boles. Thermodynamics: an engineering approach, McGraw-Hill. 2002
  • F P Incropera, D P Dewitt. Fundamentals of heat and mass transfer, John Wiley & Sons, Fifth Edition, 2004
  • R W Fox, A T McDonald, P J Prichard. Introduction to fluid mechanics, John Wiley & Sons, Sixth Edition, 2004
  • S C Chapra, R P Canale, Numerical methods for engineers, McGraw Hill, Seventh Edition, 2015.
  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date and Time of Exams: March 31 2019(Sunday).  Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
  • 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 6 out of 8 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 IITKharagpur.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.