Fluid dynamics and turbomachines

By Prof. Dhiman Chatterjee, Prof. Shamit Bakshi   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 294
The first part of the course introduces important concepts of fluid dynamics which forms the theoretical foundation for the second portion of the course on turbomachines. The course is intended for advanced B. Tech/B. E. students as well as a refresher course for practicing engineers working in the field of pump and turbine industries.

1.    Undergraduate students and
2.    Practicing engineers (refresher course)
1. Basic Engineering Mathematics and
2. Engineering Mechanics
3. Basic Engineering Thermodynamics
INDUSTRY SUPPORT:   Pump and turbine industry
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 17 Sep 2021
Exam Date : 26 Sep 2021
Enrollment Ends : 02 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Energy Systems
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1 :   Introduction to fluid flows
Week 2 :  Integral approach for analyzing fluid flow
Week 3 :   Differential approach for analyzing fluid flow
Week 4 :   Incompressible viscous internal and external flow
Week 5 :    Introduction to turbomachines
Week 6 :   Principle of turbomachines
Week 7 :   Performance of pump and hydraulic turbine​​
Week 8 :  Performance of steam and gas turbine

Books and references

1. Fox, R.W., Pritchard, P.J. and McDonald, A. T.,, “Introduction to Fluid Mechanics”, 7th edition, Wiley India, 2011.
2. White, F., M., “Fluid Mechanics”, 4th edition, McGraw-Hill, 1999.
3. Som, S.K., Biswas, G. and Chakraborty, S.,, “Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Machines”, 3rd edition, McGraw-Hill, 2012.
4. Dixon, S.L., “Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Turbomachines”, 4th edition, Butterworh Hinemann, 1998.
5. Kadambi, V. and Manohar Prasad, “An Introduction to Energy Conversion Vol.III: Turbomachinery”, , Wiley Eastern, 1997.
6. Gopalakrishnan, G. and Prithvi Raj, D. “A Treatise of Turbomachines”, Scitech Publications, 2002.

Instructor bio

Prof. Dhiman Chatterjee

IIT Madras
Dr. Dhiman Chatterjee is currently an Associate Professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Madras. He teaches Incompressible Fluid Flow and Turbomachines. His research specialization includes turbomachines and cavitation.

Prof. Shamit Bakshi

Dr. Shamit Bakshi is currently an Associate Professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Madras. He teaches Incompressible Fluid Flow and IC Engines. His research specialization includes droplet/spray processes and I.C. Engine flows.

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: 26 September 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 6 assignments out of the total 8 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.

- NPTEL team

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