Principle of Hydraulic Machines and System Design

By Prof. Pranab K. Mondal   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 588
Principle of operation of hydraulic machines and their system design is important from the perspective of their huge applications in different industries. Present course introduces the students to the fundamentals of hydraulic machines. Starting from the operational principle, students will be gradually familiarized with different concepts like velocity triangle, net head developed, finally leading to the design of their system. Important topics such as design of pumping system of two dissimilar pumps, which find practical relevance as well, will also be discussed.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Mechanical 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:Principle of operation of hydraulic machines
Week-2:Radial and axial flow pumps
Week-3:Cavitation in radial flow pump
Week-4:Radial flow pump operational issues
Week-5:Pump Design: Degrees of reaction
Week-6:Pump characteristics and system design
Week-7:Numerical problems of pumps(Radial and Axial flow)
Week-8:Positive displacement pump
Week-9:Dimensional Analysis and Similarity in Hydraulic Machine, Hydraulic turbine : Impulse turbine
Week-10:Hydraulic Turbine: Reaction Turbine
Week-11:Cavitation in hydraulic reaction turbines
Week-12:Numerical problems of Turbines (Impulse and Reaction)

Books and references

  1. S.L. Dixon, Fluid Mechanics And Thermodynamics Of Turbomachinery, 5th Ed., Elsevier, 1998. 
  2. J.F. Douglas, J.M. Gasiorek, J. A. Swaffield and L.B. Jack, Fluid Mechanics, Pearson Education, 2008. 
  3. B. S. Massey, Fluid Mechanics and Machines, 5th Ed, CRC Press, 1988. 
  4. R.W. Fox, A.T. McDonald and P.J. Pritchard, Introduction To Fluid Mechanics, 6th Ed., John Wiley, 2004.

Instructor bio

Prof. Pranab K. Mondal

IIT Guwahati
Dr. Pranab K. Mondal is an Assistant Professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati since May 2015. He received his undergraduate and postgraduate degree from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and completed his Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in 2015. He worked as an Research Associate at IIT Khargpur for nearly one years before joining IIT Guwahati. His principal research interest, encompassing the broad area of Microfluidics, has covered various facets of microscale multiphase transport, electrokinetics microscale transport of heat and experimental microfluidics. He is currently working on stability analysis of flows with free-surfaces, experimental investigations of capillary filling of bio-fluids and droplet dynamics. He has co-authored more than 70 referred journal and conference publications. 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: 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 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.

- NPTEL team

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