Transport phenomena

By Prof. Sunando DasGupta   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 348
This is a fundamental subject for all Chemical Engineering students and is also important in disciplines as diverse as Mechanical Engineering, Biotechnology and Nanotechnology. Over the last few decades, the subject has revolutionized the way engineering science is taught. This course deals with the unified treatment of the different transport processes, ubiquitous in industry as well as in nature. Momentum, heat and mass transfer are taught together due to the underlying similarities of the mathematics and molecular mechanisms describing such processes. The students will be made aware of the core scientific connections and will be encouraged to solve problems based on relevant analogies.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Chemical,Mechanical,Biotechnology, Nanotechnology
PRE-REQUISITES : Undergraduate level courses in Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Most of the process industries recognize this as a fundamental course dealing with the unified treatment of seemingly different transport operations. The concepts will enhance the lateral thinking capabilities of the students and seamlessly integrate the concepts for their use in a multitude of processes and problems. This aspect will also be of value to the upcoming technology driven companies involved in micro-device fabrication, sensors, and in the general microfluidics domain.
Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 18 Jan 2021
End Date : 09 Apr 2021
Exam Date : 25 Apr 2021
Enrollment Ends : 01 Feb 2021
Category :
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Minor 3 in Chemical
Level : Undergraduate

Course layout

Week 1: Fundamental concepts in momentum transfer, shell balance, governing equations and relevant boundary conditions .
Week 2: Formulation and solution of momentum transfer in laminar flow.
Week 3: Navier-Stokes  equation and its applications, solutions of momentum transfer problems in different geometries
Week 4: Formulation and solution of heat transfer in laminar flow 
Week 5: Development and use of energy equation 
Week 6: Transient conduction - lumped capacitance, analytical solutions and other methods.
Week 7: Formulation and solution of mass transfer in laminar flow. Development and use of species balance  equation
Week 8: Introduction to convective flow, natural convection, relevant examples from heat and mass transfer
Week 9: Boundary Layer concepts, boundary layer thicknesses (disturbance, displacement and momentum), Blasius solution for flow over a flat plate
Week 10: Use of momentum integral equation, turbulent boundary layers, fluid flow about  immersed bodies, drag                   
Week 11: Mathematical treatment of the similarities between heat, mass and momentum transfer, similarity parameters, and relevant analogies.
Week 12: Solution of coupled heat, mass and momentum transfer problems based on analogy.

Books and references

1. Transport Phenomena by Bird, Stewart and Lightfoot (Wiley)
2. Transport Phenomena Fundamentals by J. L. Plawsky (CRC Press)
3. Heat and Mass Transfer – A Transport Phenomena Approach by K. S. Gandhi (New Age)
4. Fluid Mechanics by R. W. Fox, P. J. Pritchard and A. T. McDonald (Wiley)
5. Introduction to Heat and Mass Transfer by F. P. Incropera and D. P. DeWitt (Wiley)

Instructor bio

Prof. Sunando DasGupta

IIT Kharagpur
Professor Sunando DasGupta is a professor of Chemical Engineering and was the Dean of Sponsored Research at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the Jadavpur university, Masters from IIT Kanpur and PhD from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA in 1992. His research interests are in the fields of microscale transport processes and microfluidics and he has over 140 publications in peer reviewed journals. Prof. DasGupta is a Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering, has received the Herdillia Award by the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers for excellence in Basic Research in Chemical Engineering and is a Senior Associate of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy. .

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: 25 April 2021 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 Kharagpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

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

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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