Computational Fluid Dynamics for Incompressible Flows

By Prof. Amaresh Dalal   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 1034
This is introductory course on computational fluid dynamics (CFD). This course will primarily cover the basics of computational fluid dynamics starting from classification of partial differential equations, linear solvers, finite difference method and finite volume method for discretizing Laplace equation, convective-diffusive equation & Navier-Stokes equations. The course will help faculty members, students and researchers in the field to get an overview of the concepts in CFD.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Undergraduate and postgraduate students of Mechanical Engineering and similar branches;
 Faculty members associated with Mechanical Engineering; Practicing engineers associated
 with fluid and thermal industries.
PREREQUISITES :  No specific pre-requisite. Fundamental knowledge of Mathematics and Fluid Mechanics should be sufficient.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computational Thermo Fluids
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 18 Jan 2021
End Date : 09 Apr 2021
Enrollment Ends : 01 Feb 2021
Exam Date : 24 Apr 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 Computational Fluid Dynamics
Week 2 : Classification of PDEs
Week 3 : Finite difference method
Week 4 : Elliptic equations
Week 5 : Parabolic equations
Week 6 : Hyperbolic equations
Week 7 : Stability Analysis
Week 8 : Vorticity-stream function formulation
Week 9 : MAC Algorithm 
Week 10 : Finite volume method
Week 11 : Finite volume method
Week 12 : SIMPLE algorithm

Books and references

1. J. C. Tannehill, D. A. Anderson, and R. H. Pletcher, “Computational Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer”, Taylor & Francis, Second Edition, 2010.
2. T. Sundararajan, and K. Muralidhar, “Computational Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer”, Narosa Publishing House, Second Edition, 2009.
3. S. V. Patankar, “Numerical Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow”, Special Indian Edition, 2011. 

Instructor bio

Prof. Amaresh Dalal

IIT Guwahati
Dr. Amaresh Dalal is currently a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. He received his Ph.D. degree from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 2009 and he was Post-doctoral Research Associate at Purdue University from Sep 2008 - Dec 2009. He has research interests in the area of Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer, Finite Volume Methods and Unstructured Grid Techniques, Multiphase Flows. Dr. Dalal is now profoundly involved in developing a general purpose, versatile and robust computational fluid dynamics solver over hybrid unstructured grid which can solve a wide range of real-life fluid flow, heat transfer, and problems involving transport phenomena over complex geometries. He received Prof KN Seetharamu Medal and Prize for the Best Young Researcher in Heat Transfer-2017 from Indian Society of Heat and Mass Transfer

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: 24 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 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.

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

- NPTEL team

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