Advanced Thermodynamics and Combustion

By Prof. Niranjan Sahoo   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 1039
About the course: 
“Advanced Thermodynamics” is one of the core courses in the curriculum of postgraduate (PG) syllabus in the Mechanical Engineering Discipline. Also, the fundamental course on “Combustion” is also offered as an electives for PG audience and research scholars of Mechanical, Aerospace and Energy Engineering disciplines. Classically, both courses are popular in most of the engineering colleges in the country. In these courses, the basic thermodynamic fundamentals are studied in details and the thermochemistry concepts are applied to combustion phenomena occurring in internal combustion (IC) engines, gas turbine (GT) engines, rocket propulsion etc. In this backdrop, a blended version of the course has been designed for the next generation learners. It is offered in the name of “Advanced Thermodynamics and Combustion” that highlights the thermodynamic concepts/equations in various combustion process. The course package is mainly composed of the following major contents: (a) Exhaustive discussions on entropy and exergy analysis in thermodynamic systems; (b) Thermodynamic property relations and its application to gas mixtures, phase change processes; (c) Combustion fundamentals involving premixed and non-premixed flames for laminar and turbulent combustion; (d) Combustion phenomena in practical occurring applications such IC and GT engines.

PRE-REQUISITES: No specific pre-requisite is required but the knowledge on “Basic and Applied Thermodynamics” (commonly offered at UG Course Curriculum of Mechanical/Energy/Aerospace Engineering) is preferable.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Postgraduate students of Mechanical Engineering, Energy Engineering and Aerospace Engineering Discipline; Faculty member associated with teaching of Thermal & Fluid Streams; Practicing engineers and Scientists in Allied Thermal Streams.

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Practicing Engineers & Scientists working in area of engine combustion and gas turbine technologies will gain theoretical benefits of fundamental concepts on the topic of research.
Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Exam Date : 30 Oct 2022 IST
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate

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Course layout

Week 1: Review of Basic Thermodynamics
Week 2: Entropy and Exergy
Week 3: Entropy and Exergy
Week 4: Thermodynamic Property Relations
Week 5: Properties of Gas Mixture
Week 6: Properties of Gas Mixture
Week 7: Combustion and Thermochemistry
Week 8: Chemical Kinetics
Week 9: Thermodynamics of Reactive Systems
Week 10: Combustion and Flames
Week 11: Combustion and Flames
Week 12: Combustion and Flames

Books and references

1. M. J. Moran, H. N. Shapiro, D. D. Boettner and M. B. Bailey, Principles of Engineering Thermodynamics, Eighth Edition, Wiley, New Delhi, 2015
2.. Y. U. Cengel and M. A. Boles, Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach, Fourth Edition, Tata McGraw-Hill, New Delhi, 2003
3. R. H. Dittman and M. W. Zemansky, Heat and Thermodynamics, Seventh Edition, Tata McGraw-Hill, New Delhi, 2007
4. S. R. Turns, An Introduction to Combustion: Concepts and Applications, McGraw Hill International Edition, Singapore, 200
5. K. K. Kuo, Principles of Combustion, Second Edition, Wiley India Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, 2012

Instructor bio

Prof. Niranjan Sahoo

IIT Guwahati
Dr. Niranjan Sahoo is affiliated as “Professor” in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. Having B. Tech Degree in Mechanical Engineering, he has received PhD Degree (in the year 2004) from Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore. Till May 2020, he has 15 years of teaching and research experience at different capacity in Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. He has taught several courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the area of Fluid and Thermal Engineering, such as Fluid Mechanics, Basic and Applied Thermodynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Combustion, Gas Dynamics and Aircraft Propulsion. Besides, he has developed interdisciplinary courses under NPTEL platform, participated in virtual laboratory courses and organized TEQIP Short Term Courses with respect to National mission projects apart from several sponsored research projects. He has more than 100 research publications in peer reviewed journals and conferences. Until date, he has achieved 13 PhD guidance with ongoing research scholars of similar number.

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.

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