Heat Exchangers: Fundamentals and Design Analysis

By Prof. Prasanta Kumar Das, Prof. Indranil Ghosh   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 1093
Heat exchangers are extensively used in diverse industries covering power generation, refrigeration and air conditioning, cryogenics, oil refineries and chemical processes, automobiles and other transport devices. The performance of a heat exchanger is very important for the conservation of energy, assurance of product quality, process viability and environmental protection. The present course aims at developing a familiarity with various types of heat exchangers, their construction and applications. Conventional methods of heat exchanger analysis; brief design methodology of typical heat exchangers and synthesis of heat exchanger network. It is planned to develop an appreciation and basic expertise in heat exchanger through description, mathematical analysis and numerical examples.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Energy Engineering, Cryogenics Engineering, Aerospace Engineering etc.
PREREQUISITES : Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer (at a very basic level).
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : All the companies generating coal based and nuclear based power (NTPC, different state electricity boards, CPRI,                         
                                            BARC, andNPCL etc.). Companies dealing with the design and fabrication of heat exchangers, auto mobile                                                           industries,  process industries, oil refineries. Companies dealing with waste heat recovery and renewable. Some             specific companies could be      BHEL, ALSTOM, HP, HPCL, IOCL, THERMAX, BPCL, GAIL, Reliance, TATA Chemicals etc.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
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  : Background, Application, Classification, Common terminologies.
Week 2  : Introduction to Thermal and hydraulic aspects, pressure drop and heat transfer, sizing and rating. F-LMTD and -NTU method.
Week 3  : Tubular Heat Exchangers: different designs, brief description of Shell and Tube Heat Exchangers, Special types.
Week 4  : Compact heat exchangers, enhancement of heat transfer, extended surface or Fin, fundamental of extended surface heat        transfer,Fin tube heat exchanger           
Week 5  : Plate Fin Heat Exchangers (PFHE), types, construction, fabrication, design, application. Multistream PFHE.
Week 6  : Multistream PFHE continued. Direct contact heat exchangers, types, application, simple analysis.
Week 7  : Regenerators, types of regenerators, construction, application. Theory of Regenerator, -NTU and - method..
Week 8  : Heat pipes, construction, working principle, application, analysis. Special heat pipes.
Week 9  : Microscale Heat Exchangers and heat sinks; heat transfer and fluid flow through narrow conduits, special design considerations
Week 10  Phase change HEX; phase change heat transfer, introduction to evaporators and condensers.
Week 11  Phase change HEX; phase change heat transfer, introduction to evaporators and condensers.
Week 12  Heat Exchanger testing, steady state and dynamic methods.

Books and references

1) Fundamentals of Heat Exchanger Design by R. K. Shah, Dusan P. Sekulic, John Wiley & Sons, 11-Aug-2003.
(2) Heat Exchanger Design Handbook by Kuppan Thulukkanam, Taylor & Francis, 23-Feb-2000.
(3) Heat Exchangers: Selection, Rating, and Thermal Design, Third Edition by Sadik Kakac, Hongtan Liu, CRC-Press, 01-Feb-1998.
(4) Cryogenic Heat Transfer, Second Edition by Randall F. Barron, Gregory F. Nellis, CRC Press, May 23, 2016.

Instructor bio

Prof. Prasanta Kumar Das

IIT Kharagpur
Prof. Prasanta Kumar Das is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and presently the Dean Post Graduate Studies and Research at IIT Kharagpur. He possesses a vast experience in teaching and research. His research interests lie in the broad area of thermal engineering with a special emphasis on two phase flow. Apart from teaching many fundamental subjects he offered applied courses like Power Plant Engineering, Thermal System Design, Waste Heat Recovery etc. He has also conducted tailor-made courses for industries. He contributed actively in sponsored research and offered consultancy to different Government and private industries. He contributed more than 190 publications in international journals, a vast number of publications in national and international conferences and 10 patents. He has supervised more than 20 scholars for their doctoral degree. He is fellows of Indian National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences India.

Prof. Indranil Ghosh

Prof. Indranil Ghosh received his B. Sc. and M. Sc. in Physics from Jadavpur University in 1990 and 1992 respectively, M.Tech and Ph.D. from the Cryogenic Engineering Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1995 and 2005 respectively. With the experience of being an engineer, R&D of Bharat Heavy Plates and Vessel Ltd., Visakhapatnam and Post-Doctoral researcher in Hydrogen Research Institute, University of Quebec at Trois Rivieres, he joined Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur as an Assistant Professor in 2006. His research interests include heat transfer in cryogenic systems, heat transfer in metal foam, compact heat exchangers, sorption cooling techniques etc. He has carried out some sponsored projects (on-going) with MHRD and CSIR. He has published 22 research papers in peer reviewed international journals, 15 papers in national and international conferences.

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 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.

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