Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

By Prof. Jayant K. Singh   |   IIT Kanpur
This course covers the foundation of classical thermodynamics in the form of postulates, and later their applications to open and close systems, criteria of stability and equilibria, the equation of states, properties of pure fluids and mixtures, theories and model of phase equilibrium, and chemical reaction equilibrium. The major focus in the first half of the course would be to build a strong foundation in the subject. The second part of the course will emphasis the application of the thermodynamics on chemical engineering problems related to phase equilibria.

INTENDED AUDIENCE  : Engineering Students/Faculty
PREREQUISITES   : Engineering Thermodynamics
INDUSTRY SUPPORT  : All chemical engineering-based industries, Bechtel, UOP, EIL, Reliance, Indian Oil, ONGC, Unilever

Learners enrolled: 2234


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 1 in Chemical
  • Minor 2 in Chemical
  • Minor 3 in Chemical
  • Level : Undergraduate

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    Week 1: The postulates of thermodynamics, Condition of Equilibrium
    Week 2: The maximum Work Theorem, Carnot Cycle and other cycles
    Week 3: Generalized Thermodynamic Potential, Maxwell relation, Stability of Thermodynamic systems
    Week 4: Properties of pure fluids
    Week 5: Intermolecular forces, Equation of States 
    Week 6: Properties of mixtures-I
    Week 7: Properties of mixtures-II
    Week 8: Vapor-liquid equilibrium
    Week 9: Theories and models of VLE of mixtures-I
    Week 10: Theories and models of VLE of mixtures-II
    Week 11: LLE and SLE
    Week 12: Chemical Reaction Equilibria


    Reference books:
    • Thermodynamics and Introduction to Thermostatistics, by Herbert B. Callen, 2nd Edition (Wiley)
    • Molecular Engineering Thermodynamics by Juan J. De Pablo and Jay D. Schieber, Cambridge press.
    • Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, J. E. Elliot, C. T. Lira, Prentice Hall
    Text book:
    • Engineering and Chemical Thermodynamics by Milo D. Koresky 2nd Edition (Wiley)


    Prof. Jayant K. Singh

    IIT Kanpur
    Prof. Jayant K. Singh received his B.Tech from IIT Kanpur in chemical engineering in 1997. He subsequently completed his Masters degree in computer science and engineering and Ph.D. in chemical engineering in the area of molecular simulation from SUNY Buffalo, USA in 2004. Dr. Singh is currently a professor in the department of chemical engineering at IIT Kanpur. Dr. Singh current research interest is in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, material modeling, confined fluids and development of molecular simulation tools. Dr Singh has co-authored more than 100 peer reviewed articles in international journals of repute. He is a recipient of prestigious awards such as Humboldt Fellow for experience researcher, Young Engineers of Indian National Academy of Engineers, Amar-Dye Chem award and BRNS Young Scientist Award. He is also an elected member of National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad


    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.
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    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.

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