Fluid Machines

By Prof. Sankar Kumar Som   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 8441
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.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Any interested Learners
PRE-REQUISITES : Basic knowledge of Fluid Mechanics
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 26 Aug 2019
End Date : 18 Oct 2019
Exam Date : 16 Nov 2019 IST
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate

Course layout

Week 1 : Introduction and basic principles
Week 2 : Hydraulic Impulse Turbine
Week 3 : Hydraulic Reaction Turbine Part I
Week 4 : Hydraulic Reaction Turbine Part II and Hydraulic Pump Part I
Week 5 : Hydraulic Pump Part II
Week 6 : Hydraulic Pump Part III
Week 7 : Air  Compressor Part I             
Week 8 : Air  Compressor Part II

Books and references


Instructor bio

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).

Course certificate

  • The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
  • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
  • Date and Time of Exams: 16 November 2019, 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. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
  • Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

  • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course. 
  • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
  • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

  • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
  • 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.
  • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies are being discontinued from July 2019 semester and will not be dispatched

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