Advanced Fluid Mechanics

By Prof. Suman Chakraborty   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 2710
This is an advanced course in Fluid Mechanics. The subject Fluid Mechanics has a wide scope and is of prime importance in several fields of engineering and science. Present course emphasizes the fundamental underlying fluid mechanical principles and application of those principles to solve real life problems. Special attention is given towards deriving all the governing equations starting from the fundamental principle. 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 have a strong fundamental understanding of the basic principles of Fluid Mechanics and will be able to apply the basic principles to analyze fluid mechanical systems.

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Atmospheric and Ocean Engineering
  • Physics
PREREQUISITES:          Basic knowledge of Mathematics and Fluid Mechanics

  • Oil Companies (IOCL, SHELL, BPCL and others)
  • Automobile and Aviation companies (GE, AIRBUS
  • TATA Motors and others)  

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computational Thermo Fluids
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: Brief recapitulation of some preliminary concepts of Fluid Mechanics : Fluid Kinematics

Week 2: Brief recapitulation of some preliminary concepts of Fluid Mechanics: Dynamics of Inviscid Flows and Reynolds Transport Theorem
Week 3: Dynamics of viscous flows - Derivation of Navier-Stokes equation

Week 4: Some exact solutions of Navier-Stokes equation-Steady Flows

Week 5: Some exact solutions of Navier-Stokes equation – Steady Flows (contd) and Practical Applications

Week 6: Some exact solutions of Navier-Stokes equation-Unsteady Flows, Introduction to Turbulence

Week 7: Introduction to turbulence (contd.), Boundary Layer theory

Week 8: Boundary Layer theory (contd.)

Week 9: Boundary Layer theory (contd.), Potential flow and flow past immersed bodies

Week 10:Potential flow and flow past immersed bodies (contd.)

Week 11:Compressible flows

Week 12: Compressible flows (contd.)

Books and references

  1. Fluid Mechanics: by Pijush K. Kundu, Ira M. Cohen, David R Dowling, Academic Press
  2. Introduction to Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Machines: by S. K. Som, Gautam Biswas and Suman Chakraborty, McGraw-Hill Education
  3. Fluid Mechanics: by F. M White, McGraw-Hill Education
  4. Introduction to Fluid Mechanics by R. Fox and A. MacDonald, John Wiley and Sons

Instructor bio

Prof. Suman Chakraborty

IIT Kharagpur
Dr. Suman Chakraborty is currently a Prof essor in the MechanicalEngineering Department as well as an Institute Chair Professor of theIndian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India, and the Head of th eSchool of Medical Science and Technology. He is also the AssociateDean for Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy. His cu rrentareas of research include microflu idics, nanofluidics, micro-nano scaletransport, with particular focus o n biomedical applications. He has beenawarded the Santi Swaroop Bhatnagar Prize in the year 2013, which isthe highest Scientific Award from the Government of India. He has beenelected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, Fellow of the RoyalSociety of Chemistry, Fellow of ASME, Fellow of all the Indian NationalAcademies of Science and Engineering, recipient of the Indo-USResearch Fellowship, Scopus Young S cientist Award for high citation ofhis research in scientific/technical Journals, and Young Scientist/ YoungEngineer Awards from various National Academies of Science andEngineering. He has also been an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, and avisiting Professor at th e Stanford University. He h as 380+ Journal publications.

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.

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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