Aircraft Propulsion

By Prof. Vinayak N. Kulkarni   |   IIT Guwahati
This course deals with the gas power cycles for aircraft propulsion. Therefore different types of aircraft engines, their parts and their performance parameters are discusses. Then the cycle analysis and its different attachment for improvisation are also focused. Further, different parts of aircraft engines like compressor, turbines, combustor and nozzle are discussed in detail.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Undergraduate students of Aerospace and Mechanical engg. (5th semester onwards) and 
                                        postgraduate students specializing in the thermofluids/Fluid Mechanics/Automobiles; industry
                                        personnel associated with aerospace engineering; faculty members associated with Mechanical 
                                        /Aerospace engg.
PREREQUISITES:          Basic UG-level Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics

Learners enrolled: 3644


Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 14 Sep 2020
End Date : 04 Dec 2020
Exam Date : 20 Dec 2020
Enrollment Ends : 25 Sep 2020
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Propulsion
  • Energy Systems
  • Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
    This is an AICTE approved FDP course


    Week 1:    Introduction to Gas turbines and Aircraft Propulsion
    Week 2:    Aircraft propulsion
    Week 3:    Ideal and Real cycle analysis
    Week 4:    Ideal and Real cycle analysis
    Week 5:    Real cycles
    Week 6:    Real cycles
    Week 7:    Engine performance and Engine components
    Week 8:    Centrifugal Compressors
    Week 9:    Axial Compressors
    Week 10:  Axial and Radial Turbines
    Week 11:  Turbine cooling methods and Component matching
    Week 12:  Blade design and cascade theory


    1. G. F. C. Rogers and Y. R. Mayhew, Engineering Thermodynamics Work and Heat Transfer, 4 th Ed., Pearson, 2001. 
    2. H. I. H Saravanamuttoo, G. F. C. Rogers and H. Cohen, Gas Turbine Theory, 4 th Ed., Pearson, 2003.


    Prof. Vinayak N. Kulkarni

    IIT Guwahati
    Dr. Vinayak N. Kulkarni is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering ofIndian Institute of Technology Guwahati since January 2015. He completed his undergraduate studies inMechanical Engineering in the Shivaji University, Maharashtra, India. His post graduation and PhD isfrom Aerospace Engineering Department of Indian Institute of Science Bangalore. His teachinginterests are basic and applied thermodynamics, gas dynamics, aircraft propulsion and fluid mechanics.His research interests are experimental and computational compressible flows, IC engines and non-conventional energy.


    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: 20 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 Guwahati .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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    - NPTEL team