Aircraft Propulsion

By Prof. Vinayak N. Kulkarni   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 2149
This course deals with the gas power cycles for aircraft propulsion. Therefore different types of aircraft engines, their parts and their performance parameters are discusses. Then the cycle analysis and its different attachment for improvisation are also focused. Further, different parts of aircraft engines like compressor, turbines, combustor and nozzle are discussed in detail.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Undergraduate students of Aerospace and Mechanical engg. (5th semester onwards) and  postgraduate students specializing in the thermofluids/Fluid Mechanics/Automobiles; industry personnel associated with aerospace engineering; faculty members associated with Mechanical /Aerospace engg.

PREREQUISITES: Basic UG-level Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Propulsion
  • Energy Systems
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 Gas turbines and Aircraft Propulsion
Week 2:    Aircraft propulsion
Week 3:    Ideal and Real cycle analysis
Week 4:    Ideal and Real cycle analysis
Week 5:    Real cycles
Week 6:    Real cycles
Week 7:    Engine performance and Engine components
Week 8:    Centrifugal Compressors
Week 9:    Axial Compressors
Week 10:  Axial and Radial Turbines
Week 11:  Turbine cooling methods and Component matching
Week 12:  Blade design and cascade theory

Books and references

  1. G. F. C. Rogers and Y. R. Mayhew, Engineering Thermodynamics Work and Heat Transfer, 4 th Ed., Pearson, 2001. 
  2. H. I. H Saravanamuttoo, G. F. C. Rogers and H. Cohen, Gas Turbine Theory, 4 th Ed., Pearson, 2003.

Instructor bio

Prof. Vinayak N. Kulkarni

IIT Guwahati
Dr. Vinayak N. Kulkarni is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering ofIndian Institute of Technology Guwahati since January 2015. He completed his undergraduate studies inMechanical Engineering in the Shivaji University, Maharashtra, India. His post graduation and PhD isfrom Aerospace Engineering Department of Indian Institute of Science Bangalore. His teachinginterests are basic and applied thermodynamics, gas dynamics, aircraft propulsion and fluid mechanics.His research interests are experimental and computational compressible flows, IC engines and non-conventional energy.

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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