Fluid and Particle Mechanics

By Prof. Basavaraju, Prof. Sumesh   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 496
This course introduces the concepts of fluid and particle mechanics and demonstrates their applications.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Any interested Learners
INDUSTRY SUPPORT :  Chemical process industries 
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Minor 3 in Chemical
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Enrollment Ends : 09 Aug 2021
Exam Date : 23 Oct 2021 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

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

Books and references

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

Instructor bio

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

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: 23 October 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 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.

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

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