Fluid and Particle Mechanics

By Prof. Basavaraju, Prof. Sumesh   |   IIT Madras
This course introduces the concepts of fluid and particle mechanics and demonstrates their applications.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Any interested Learners
INDUSTRY SUPPORT :  Chemical process industries 

Learners enrolled: 928


Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 14 Sep 2020
End Date : 04 Dec 2020
Exam Date : 19 Dec 2020
Enrollment Ends : 25 Sep 2020
Category :
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Minor 3 in Chemical
  • Level : Undergraduate

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    Week 1: Introduction to Navier Stokes (NS) equations and their exact solutions, Poisuelle flow
    Week 2: Taylor Couette flow, Rheology
    Week 3: Dimensional analysis
    Week 4: Turbulent Flow
    Week 5: Friction losses, Moody’s chart
    Week 6: Boundary layer theory
    Week 7: Introduction to Particles, their characterization
    Week 8: Particulate Phenomena – Brownian motion and phoresis
    Week 9: Motion of particles in a fluid, terminal velocity, particle separation
    Week 10: Sedimentation of dilute, concentrated and flocculated dispersions
    Week 11: Packed and Fluidized Beds
    Week 12: Filtration


    1.Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering, Warren Lee McCabe, Julian Cleveland Smith, Peter Harriott, McGraw-Hill, 2014
    2.Fluid Mechanics, Frank M. White, McGraw Hill, 2011
    3.Introduction to Particle Technology, Martin J. Rhodes, John Wiley & Sons 2013

    References :
    1.Coulson & Richardson's Chemical Engineering, John Metcalfe Coulson, John Francis Richardson, Butterworth-Heinemann, 1999
    2.Fluid Mechanics, Pijush K. Kundu, Elsevier, 2013
    3.Principles of Colloid and Surface Chemistry, Paul C. Hiemenz and R. Rajagopalan, CRC press 1997
    4.Transport Phenomena, Bird Stewart Lightfoot, Wiley & Sons 2002


    Prof. Basavaraju

    IIT Madras
    Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology- Madras. Before joining IIT-Madras in February 2011, I spent 3 months as visiting fellow at KULeuven (Belgium) in Prof.Jan Vermants group. I was a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Norman J. Wagner at the University of Delaware (USA). I studied chemical engineering at SIT, Tumkur (Bangalore University), and received my M.S (Research) from IISc, Bangalore, by working on the determination of local dispersion coefficient and local holdup in a packed bed using X-rays. My PhD in chemical engineering is from KULeuven, Belgium (Prof. Jan Vermant). My PhD thesis was on - Tailoring colloidal gel rheology in bulk and at interfaces: Exploiting shape and surface chemistry effects.

    Prof. Sumesh

    I am interested in understanding soft and living (or active) fluids. This categorisation of matter is relatively recent, but it offers new and exciting physics that often leads to novel and unconventional engineering applications. Now I am working as Assistant Professor at Indian Institute of Technology Madras . 2007-2012 Doctor of Philosophy JNCASR Bangalore 2002-2004 Master of Technology IIT Kanpur. 1998-2002 Bachelor of Technology, Government Engineering College, Thrissur


    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: 19 December 2020 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 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
    Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

    Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

    YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. 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 Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

    Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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