Conduction And Convection Heat Transfer

By Prof. Suman Chakraborty, Prof. Sankar Kumar Som   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 1649
This is an introductory course in conduction and convection heat transfer. The subject heat transfer has a wide scope and is of prime importance in almost all fields of engineering and biological systems. The course emphasizes the underlying concepts of the conduction and convection modes of heat transfer and enumerates the laws and governing equations relating to the rates of heat transfer, based on derivation from fundamentals. 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 foundation on conduction and convection heat transfer and will be able to apply the basic principles, the laws, and the pertinent equations to practical scenarios. 

INTENDED AUDIENCE : students of BE/ME/MS/MSc/PhD can take it.   

PRE-REQUISITES : Basic knowledge of Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Energy Systems
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Week 1 : Introduction to Conduction
Week 2 : 1-D Steady State Heat Conduction
Week 3 : Heat Conduction in Cylindrical and Spherical Geometry
Week 4 : Heat Transfer from Extended Surfaces
Week 5 : 2-D Steady State Heat Conduction; Transient Heat Conduction - Lumped Analysis
Week 6 : Transient Heat Conduction in Semi-Infinite Medium; Introduction to Convection
Week 7 : Review of Fluid Mechanics; Energy Conservation Equation
Week 8 : Thermal Boundary Layer; Energy Integral Method
Week 9 : Internal Forced Convection
Week 10 : Viscous Dissipation; Introduction to Natural Convection
Week 11 : Natural Convection; Condensation and Boiling
Week 12 : Heat Exchangers

Books and references

1. Principles of Heat and Mass Transfer - 7th edition: Frank. P. Incropera, David P.DeWitt, Theodore L. Bergman, Adrienne S. Lavine.
2. Introduction to Heat Transfer : S K Som
3. Heat Transfer – A Basic Approach : M Necati Ozisik

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.

Prof. Sankar Kumar Som

Prof. Sankar Kumar Som is currently an emeritus Professor (on re-employment) in the department of Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. His field of expertise is thermo fluid sciences. His research interest is combustion science, and in particular, droplet and spray combustion. Apart from guiding 16 doctoral students and publishing more than 100 research papers in peer-reviewed international journals, he has served as principal investigator and chief consultant in several industrial projects with different government and private organizations. He has authored a text book titled 'Introduction to Heat Transfer ', published by PHI learning, and has also co-authored a text book titled 'Introduction to Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Machines', published by McGraw-Hill Education. He has made significant contributions in national programs on distant learning. He has contributed to NPTEL through his video based and web based courses on 'Fluid Mechanics', 'Thermodynamics', 'Fluid Machines and Compressible flows'. He has also taught Fluid Mechanics in a program titled 'Train Ten Thousand Teachers’ under NMEICT. The present UG and PG course curricula in Engineering and Science at IIT Kharagpur were developed under his leadership as the chairman of a Curriculum Review Committee. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India (FNASc) and also of Indian National Academy of Engineering (FNAE). In recognition to his consistent and high level teaching, he was bestowed with the INSA Teachers Award (2014). He has also served the administration at IIT Kharagpur as Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering; Dean, Undergraduate Studies; and Director (officiating)

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: 23 April 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.

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