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Conduction and Convection Heat Transfer


This is an introductory course in conduction and convection heat transfer. The subject heat transfer has a wide scope and is of prime importance in almost all fields of engineering and biological systems. The course emphasizes the underlying concepts of the conduction and convection modes of heat transfer and enumerates the laws and governing equations relating to the rates of heat transfer, based on derivation from fundamentals. 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 conduction and convection heat transfer and will be able to apply the basic principles, the laws, and the pertinent equations to practical scenarios. 

Core Course and students of BE/ME/MS/MSc/PhD can take it.   

Basic knowledge of Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics

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Prof. 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). 

Dr. Suman Chakraborty is a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, India, and Indian National Academy of Engineering Chair Professor. He is also currently the Head, School of Medical Science and Technology at IIT Kharagpur. He has offered a significant number of video courses through the NPTEL programme. These courses include: Introduction to Fluid Mechanics and Fluids Engineering, Computational Fluid Dynamics, and Microfluidics. He has also taught in an online programme (under NMEICT) titled “Talk to 10 Thousand Teachers”. He has also taught live modular courses in the International Summer Winter Term and Knowledge Dissemination Programme. He has research interests in the area of Microfluidics and Micro/Nano scale transport processes, including their theoretical, computational, and experimental modeling, encompassing the underlying fundamentals as well as bio-medical, bio-technological, chip cooling, and energy related applications. As recognition of his research, he has been awarded the Santi Swaroop Bhatnagar Prize in the year 2013. He has also been elected as a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Science (FNASc), Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (FNAE), Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), recipient of the Indo-US Research Fellowship, Scopus Young Scientist Award for high citation of his research in scientific/technical Journals, and Young Scientist/ Young Engineer Awards from various National Academies of Science and Engineering. He has further been an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow and a Visiting Professor at the Stanford University. He has 280+ International Journal publications.

Weekwise topics
1. Introduction and Fundamental Concepts
2. Heat Conduction Equation; 1D Steady state Heat Conduction in Plane Wall
1D Steady state Heat Conduction in Cylindrical Geometry
4. 1D Steady state Heat Conduction in Spherical Geometry; Heat Transfer from Extended Surfaces
5. 2D Steady state Heat Conduction in Plane Wall; Unsteady state Heat Conduction - Lumped Analysis
6. 1D Unsteady state Heat Conduction; Unsteady state Heat Conduction in Semi-infinite Medium
7. Review of Fluid Mechanics - I
8. Review of Fluid Mechanics - II
9. Review of Fluid Mechanics - III; Energy Equation
10. Thermal Boundary Layer; Energy Integral Method
11. Internal Forced Convection
12. Natural Convection

Certification Exam

  • The exam is optional. 
  • Date of exams: April 27th 2019 (Saturday).
  • Time of Exams: 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.


  • 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 IIT Kharagpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

1. Principles of Heat and Mass Transfer - 7th edition: Frank. P. Incropera, David P.DeWitt, Theodore L. Bergman, Adrienne S. Lavine.
2. Introduction to Heat Transfer : S K Som
3. Heat Transfer – A Basic Approach : M Necati Ozisik