Computational Fluid Dynamics

By Prof. Sreenivas Jayanti   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 1564
The course deals with the numerical solution of equations governing fluid flow and would be of interest to engineers and scientists—both aspiring and professional—with chemical/ mechanical/ civil/ aerospace engineering applications. In all these fields, one needs to deal extensively with fluid flow related phenomena and one needs to resolve flow-related features of the processes and equipment. Although the equations governing fluid flow have been formulated more than 150 years ago, it is only in recent years that these are being solved in the practical applications in which the flow occurs. The course deals with the basic techniques that enable the numerical solution of these equations. 

INTENDED AUDIENCE UG/ PG students in chem/mech/civil/aerospace engg departments
PRE-REQUISITES  : At least one course in fluid mechanics. In addition, at least one course in numerical techniques and one course in computer programming would be essential 
INDUSTRY SUPPORT  : Automobile, Process, Power generation industries
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computational Thermo Fluids
  • Computational Chemical Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 24 Apr 2022 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 : calculation of flow in a rectangular duct 
Week 2: Calculation of fully developed flow in a triangular duct
Week 3: Derivation of equations governing fluid flow
Week 4: Equations for incompressible flow and boundary conditions
Week 5: Basic concepts of CFD: Finite difference approximations
Week 6: Basic concepts of CFD: Consistency, stability and convergence
Week 7: Solution of Navier Stokes for compressible flows
Week 8: Solution of Navier Stokes equations for incompressible flows
Week 9: Solution of linear algebraic equations: basic methods
Week 10: Solution of linear algebraic equations: advanced methods
Week 11: Basics of finite volume method including grid generation
Week 12: Turbulent flows and turbulence modelling

Books and references

1.Ferziger J.H. & Peric M. (1999) Computational Methods for Fluid Dynamics, Springer, Berlin, Germany.
2.Hirsch C. (1988) Numerical Computation of Internal and External Flows, John Wiley & Sons, New York, USA.
3.Patankar S.V. (1980) Numerical Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow, Hemisphere, Washington D.C., USA.
4.Versteeg H.K. & Malalsekera W. (1995) An Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics: The Finite Volume Method, Longman Scientific & Technical, Harlow, Essex, UK.
5.Anderson J.D. (1995) Computational Fluid Dynamics: The Basics with Applications,McGraw-Hill, Inc. 

Instructor bio

Prof. Sreenivas Jayanti

IIT Madras
Dr. Sreenivas Jayanti studied mechanical engineering at IIT-BHU, Varanasi, India; nuclear engineering at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA; fluid mechanics at INPG, Grenoble, France, and obtained his PhD from the department of chemical engineering at Imperial College, London, UK in 1990. After a post-doctoral fellowship at Imperial College, he joined IIT Madras as a visiting faculty in 1994. He is currently a professor in the department of chemical engineering at IIT Madras. His main research interests include computational fluid dynamics, combustion and fuel cells. 

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 2022 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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