Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics - IITKGP

By Prof. Gargi Das   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 530
This is an introductory course in Thermodynamics and is one of the basic subjects to understand interfacial mass transfer and separation processes like distillation, solvent extraction, etc. The course introduces the concepts of chemical potential and fugacity and emphasizes the principles governing equilibrium for single and multicomponent systems. It discusses ideal as well as non-ideal solutions and deals with the entire range of phase miscibility (completely miscible to totally immiscible). 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 be able to apply the basic principles of thermodynamics, the laws, and the pertinent equations to engineering design of mass transfer equipment.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Chemical Engg, Mechanical Engg, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Petroleum Refining, Metallurgy, Agriculture Engg
PRE-REQUISITES Basic knowledge of  Engineering Thermodynamics desirable
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Chemical Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 23 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 and First Law
Week 2: Second Law
Week 3: P-v-T behaviour of Gases
Week 4: Chemical Potential
Week 5: Chemical equilibrium
Week 6: Fugacity
Week 7: Partial molar properties
Week 8: Ideal solution
Week 9: Non-ideal solution
Week 10: Partially and completely immiscible systems, Hydrocarbon Thermodynamics
Week 11: Supplementary material to First and Second Law
Week 12: Chemical Reaction equilibrium

Books and references

1) Molecular Thermodynamics of Fluid Phase Equilibria - J. M. Prausnitz, R. N. Liehtejthaler and E. G.de Azevedo 3rd edition,Prentice hall
2) Chemical and Process Thermodynamics,  B. G. Kyle, 3rd edition, 1999, Prentice Hall
3) Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, J. M. Smith, H. C. Van Ness, M. M. Abbott 7th edition, 2005, McGraw Hill

Instructor bio

Prof. Gargi Das

IIT Kharagpur
Prof. Gargi Das is Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, West Bengal. She has been teaching thermodynamics for the past 16 years to the students of Chemical Engg and Biotechnology as a core course. Students from Mechanical Engineering, Agricultural Engineering and Chemistry have opted it as a breadth course. She has contributed to NPTEL through her video based and web based courses on Multiphase Flow and Thermodynamics. Her areas of expertise are Multiphase Flow, Transport phenomena, CFD and Process Intensification. She has over 50 refereed research papers, two books and three book chapters

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 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 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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