Mass Momentum and Energy Balances in Engineering Analysis

By Prof. Pavitra Sandilya   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 218

The course is intended to revisit the conservation laws as a primer for the study of the transport phenomena and thermodynamics. Both macroscopic and microscopic approaches in applying these laws will be dealt with. The students will learn how to make mass-, momentum- and energy-balances by going through the course.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Aerospace/ Mechanical/ Chemical/ Ocean/ Cryogenic/ Marine/ Naval/Energy/ Petroleum/ Environmental/ Geological Engineering

PREREQUISITES: 10+2 Science and Mathematics

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: All process and allied industries
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Chemical Engineering
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 18 Mar 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 27 Mar 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 to linear algebra (vectors, tensors, and matrix operations)
Week 2: Introduction to linear algebra (vectors, tensors, and matrix operations)
Week 3: Introduction to numerical methods (roots of nonlinear algebraic equations, regression, interpolation etc.)
Week 4: Introduction to numerical methods (numerical integration/differentiation, solution of ordinary and partial differential equations)
Week 5: Macroscopic approaches to mass, momentum and energy balances
Week 6: Microscopic approach to mass balance
Week 7: Microscopic approach to momentum balance
Week 8: Microscopic approach to energy balance

Books and references

1.R B Bird, W E Stewart, E N Lightfoot, Transport Phenomena, John Wiley & Sons, Second Edition, 2010.
2.Y A Cengel, M A Boles. Thermodynamics: an engineering approach, McGraw-Hill. 2002
3.F P Incropera, D P Dewitt. Fundamentals of heat and mass transfer, John Wiley & Sons, Fifth Edition, 2004
4.R W Fox, A T McDonald, P J Prichard. Introduction to fluid mechanics, John Wiley & Sons, Sixth Edition, 2004
5.S C Chapra, R P Canale, Numerical methods for engineers, McGraw Hill, Seventh Edition, 2015.

Instructor bio

Prof. Pavitra Sandilya

IIT Kharagpur
I am Prof. Pavitra Sandilya. I have been teaching at the cryogenic engineering centre of IIT Kharagpur since 2002. I have been offering both core and elective courses on mass transfer, separation processes, LNG, CFD etc. to both UGs and PGs. My research area encompasses process intensification, unconventional energy, carbon capture, cryogenic storage, catalyst development, hydrogen separation etc.

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: 27 March 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 6 assignments out of the total 8 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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