Introduction to Fluid Mechanics

By Prof. Suman Chakraborty   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 3079
This is an introductory course in Fluid Mechanics. The subject Fluid Mechanics has a wide scope and is of prime importance in several fields of engineering and science. Present course emphasizes the fundamental underlying fluid mechanical principles and application of those principles to solve real life problems. Special attention is given towards deriving all the governing equations starting from the fundamental principle. There is a well balanced coverage of physical concepts, mathematical operations along with examples and exercise problems of practical importance. After completion of the course, the students will have a strong fundamental understanding of the basic principles of Fluid Mechanics and will be able to apply the basic principles to analyze fluid mechanical systems.

INTENDED AUDIENCE  : Interested students
PRE REQUISITES : Basic knowledge of Mathematics
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Oil Companies (IOCL, SHELL, BPCL and others), Automobile and Aviation companies (GE, AIRBUS, TATA Motors and others) 
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 :
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computational Thermo Fluids
Level : Undergraduate

Course layout

Week 1: Introduction and Basic Principles
Week 2: Properties of Fluids
Week 3: Properties of Fluids and Fluid Statics
Week 4: Fluid Statics
Week 5: Fluid Kinematics (Part I)
Week 6: Fluid Kinematics (Part II)
Week 7: Dynamics of Inviscid Flows (Part I)
Week 8: Dynamics of Inviscid Flows (Part II)
Week 9: Integral Forms of Control Volume Conservation Equations (Part I)
Week 10: Integral Forms of Control Volume Conservation Equations (Part II)
Week 11: Integral Forms of Control Volume Conservation Equations (Part III); Dynamics of Viscous Flows (Part I)
Week 12: Dynamics of Viscous Flows (Part II)

Books and references


Instructor bio

Prof. Suman Chakraborty

IIT Kharagpur
Dr. Suman Chakraborty is currently a Prof essor in the MechanicalEngineering Department as well as an Institute Chair Professor of theIndian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India, and the Head of th eSchool of Medical Science and Technology. He is also the AssociateDean for Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy. His cu rrentareas of research include microflu idics, nanofluidics, micro-nano scaletransport, with particular focus o n biomedical applications. He has beenawarded the Santi Swaroop Bhatnagar Prize in the year 2013, which isthe highest Scientific Award from the Government of India. He has beenelected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, Fellow of the RoyalSociety of Chemistry, Fellow of ASME, Fellow of all the Indian NationalAcademies of Science and Engineering, recipient of the Indo-USResearch Fellowship, Scopus Young S cientist Award for high citation ofhis research in scientific/technical Journals, and Young Scientist/ YoungEngineer Awards from various National Academies of Science andEngineering. He has also been an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, and avisiting Professor at th e Stanford University. He h as 380+ Journal publications.

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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