Chemical Process Utilities

By Prof. Shishir Sinha   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 1018
About the Course:
Importance of process utilities in a typical chemical process plant is enormous. Without fundamental knowledge of process utilities it is very difficult to survive in a chemical plant. As chemical process technology becomes more complex, chemical engineers will need a more detailed and fundamental understanding of different utilities. The course focuses on understanding the important technical fundamentals of chemical process utilities. The emphasis on the fundamentals will help the student to understand the concepts and apply them accordingly. This application requires a significant quantity of fundamental knowledge and technology

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Chemical engineering, Polymer engineering, Polymer technology, Mechanical engineering
PREREQUISITES: Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, Chemical Technology, Heat Transfer 
INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Useful for all process industries, refineries, fertilizer plants, petrochemical plants specially for managers and decision makers
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Minor 2 in Chemical
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
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:Utilities in process industries, primary & secondary and their importance. 
Week 2:Heat Transfer Media : Classification, characteristic properties, selection criteria for their industrial applications 
Week 3:Water : Raw water and its characteristics treatment and conditions for use in process industries, e.g. for boiler feed, cooling etc., recyling and reuse of water 
Week 4:Water treatment and water resource management 
Week 5:Steam Generation & Utilization : Steam generation, modern boilers, steam handling, condensate removal. 
Week 6:Steam traps-classification and characteristics, condensate utilization and flash steam, Efficient steam heating systems, Safety in boiler systems. 
Week 7:Air : Use of air in process in industries for conveying, drying and instrumentation; design of air receivers.  
Week 8:Piping Network : Design of pipelines and piping networks for water, steam, condensate and air 
Week 9:Properties of air water vapors: Cooling towers 
Week 10:Pressure and Vacuum systems 
Week 11:Refrigeration systems 
Week 12:Refractories and insulation 

Books and references

  1. Nordell,Eskel.”Water Treatment for industrial and other uses” Reinhold Publishing Corporation, New York (1961).
  2. Plant Utilities by  Dr. Mujawar, Nirali Prakashan Publication.
  3. Plant Utilities by D.B. Dhone, Nirali Prakashan Publication.
  4. P.L.Balleney, Thermal Enginnering, Khanna Publisher, New Delhi.

Instructor bio

Prof. Shishir Sinha

IIT Roorkee
Dr. Shishir Sinha is presently working as Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at IIT Roorkee. He has been teaching the courses related to Process Utilities and Safety, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics and safe Operation to Petroleum industries to undergraduate and postgraduate students for more than 12 years. Prof. Sinha has more than 20 years of academic and industrial research experience with 76 publications besides more than 77 in conference proceedings. Apart from this he has written 9 books and several book chapters. Successfully completed over 22 high impact projects and consultancies

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 Roorkee. 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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