Transport Phenomena of Non-Newtonian Fluids

By Prof. Nanda Kishore   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 273
Non-Newtonian fluids are often encountered in our daily life as well as in many industries. Some of the daily-life applications include personal care products such as cosmetics, gels, pastes; food stuffs such as sandwich spreads, ketchup, chocolate, soups, etc. Some of the industrial applications include processing of many polymers, paints and detergents, degassing of polymeric melts and glasses, use of non-Newtonian polymers in enhanced oil recovery, non-Newtonian fluidized beds, wastewater treatment, production of polymeric alloys and ceramics via liquid routes, pharmaceutical products wherein the polymer thickening agents are used to enhance their stability for extended shelf-life, pulp and paper industries, etc. Because of aforementioned overwhelming applications, it is required for both undergraduate and postgraduate students to acquire enough academic experience related to the momentum, heat and mass transfer phenomena associated with non-Newtonian fluids. Thus, in this course, details of types and mathematical models of non-Newtonian fluids, and their momentum, heat and mass transport phenomena are discussed along with the corresponding boundary layer flows. Problems would be discussed on the cases of engineering applications where combined momentum and heat transfer, combined momentum and mass transfer, combined mass and heat transfer, combined heat and mass transport along with homogenous and/or heterogeneous reactions are involved simultaneously.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Food Engineering, Mechanical Engineering.

PREREQUISITES: Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Mass Transfer.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Chemical Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 30 Oct 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 Non-Newtonian Fluids
Week 2  :  Rheology Measuring Instruments
Week 3  :  Equations of Change
Week 4  :  Momentum Transfer of Non-Newtonian Fluids
Week 5  :  Momentum Transfer of Non-Newtonian Fluids
Week 6  :  Flow of Non-Newtonian Fluids though Porous Media
Week 7  :  Heat Transfer Phenomena of Non-Newtonian Fluids
Week 8  :  Heat Transfer Phenomena of Non-Newtonian Fluids
Week 9  :  Mass Transfer Phenomena of Non-Newtonian Fluids
Week 10  :  Simultaneous Heat and Mass Transfer with Chemical Reactions
Week 11  :  Mass Transfer Combined with Heat Transfer
Week 12  :  Boundary Layer Flows of Non-Newtonian Fluids

Books and references

  1. W. M.Deen, Analysis of Transport Phenomena, Oxford University Press, New York, 1998 (First Indian Edition, 2008).
  2. B. R. Bird, E. W. Stewart and N. E. Lightfoot, Transport Phenomena, 2nd Ed., John Wiley & Sons, 2003.
  3. R.P. Chhabra and J.F. Richardson, Non-Newtonian Flow and Applied Rheology, 2nd Edition, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, UK, 2008. 
  4. Christopher W. Macosko, Rheology: Principles, Measurements, and Applications, Wiley-VCH, New York, 1994. 
  5. R. Brummer, Rheology Essentials of Cosmetic and Food Emulsions, Springer, Heidelberg, Germany, 2006.
  6. J.W. Goodwin and R.W. Hughes, Rheology for Chemists: An Introduction, 2nd Edition, RSC Publishing, Cambridge, UK, 2008. 
  7. M.A. Rao, Rheology of Fluid and Semisolid Foods: Principles and Applications, 2nd Edition, Springer, New York, 2007.

Instructor bio

Prof. Nanda Kishore

IIT Guwahati
Dr Nanda Kishore completed PhD from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur in 2008 and presently is a full professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering of IIT Guwahati, India. He was Brunel Research Fellow from Dec. 21, 2009 to March 31, 2011 at School of Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton, UK. He was a visiting researcher of Department of Chemical and Processing Engineering, University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom from June 2016 to July 2016. He received Young Scientist Research Award in 2016 from DAE-BRNS; IEI Young Engineers Award for the year 2015; Young Scientist Research Grant from Science and Engineering Research Board of Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, 2013.

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: 30 October 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.

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