Applied Thermodynamics For Engineers

By Prof. Dipankar N.Basu   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 1204
Thermodynamics is a subject of fundamental interest to Mechanical engineers and therefore is always taught in the 2nd or 3rd semester. Present course can be viewed as the next step, where the thermodynamic principles will be employed to discuss about different power producing & absorbing cycles. Properties of pure substance will be discussed, along with the thermodynamic property relations, thereby enabling the participants to estimate all relevant thermodynamic properties at any particular state point. Subsequently the gas & vapor power cycles will be analyzed, followed by the principles of cogeneration & combined cycles. Then the refrigeration cycles will be introduced, followed by a discussion on the selection of refrigerants. Subsequently the properties of gas mixtures and gas-vapor mixtures will be discussed, leading to psychrometry & psychrometric processes. The course will be completed with a brief introduction to the chemical equilibrium.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Undergraduate students of Mechanical Engg. and similar branches; Faculty member associated with Mechanical Engg.; Practicing engineers associated with thermal industries.

PREREQUISITES:          Fundamentals of Thermodynamics.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Energy Systems
  • Propulsion
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 29 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: Review of Thermodynamic Principles
Week 2: Thermodynamic Property Relations
Week 3: Properties of Pure Substances
Week 4: Air Standard Cycles
Week 5: Real Cycles for Reciprocating Engines
Week 6: Gas Turbine Cycles
Week 7: Vapor Power Cycles
Week 8: Cogeneration & Combined Cycles
Week 9: Refrigeration Cycles
Week 10: Gas Mixtures
Week 11: Gas-vapor Mixtures
Week 12: Chemical Reactions

Books and references

  1. Y.A. Cengel & M.A. Boles, Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach, 8th Ed., McGraw Hill Education (India) Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi,2016. 
  2. R.E. Sonntag, C. Borgnakke & G.J. Van Wylen, Fundamentals of Thermodynamics, 6th Ed., John Wiley, 2003. 3. T.D. Eastop & A.         
  3. McConkey, Applied Thermodynamics, 5th Ed., Pearson Education Ltd., New Delhi, 2014.

Instructor bio

Prof. Dipankar N.Basu

IIT Guwahati
Prof. Dipankar N. Basu is an Associate Professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati since June 2012. He received his undergraduate and postgraduate degree from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and completed his Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in 2011. He served as an Assistant Professor at IIEST Shibpur for nearly four years before joining IIT Guwahati. His principal research interest is in the field of nuclear thermalhydraulics, two-phase flow, supercritical heat transfer, optimization of thermal systems and microchannel heat transfer. He is currently working on computational tool development for simulation of flows with free-surfaces. He has co-authored more than 65 referred journal and conference publications and also a book chapter on supercritical natural circulation loop. He is a regular reviewer of many reputed international journals and also associated with several sponsored projects.

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: 29 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 Guwahati. 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.

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