Fluid Flow Operations

By Prof. Subrata Kumar Majumdar   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 75
ABOUT THE COURSE : This course is structured as a MOOCS course for students or junior engineers studying chemical, mechanical or civil engineering. In this course, effort will be made to introduce students /engineers to fluid mechanics by making explanations easy to understand, including recent information and comparing the theories with actual phenomena. The following features will be included in the course1. Many illustrations, photographs and items of interest will be presented for easy understanding. 2. Assignments and exercises will be given at the ends of course lecture to test understanding of the chapter topic. 5. Special emphasis will be given on real multiphase flow phenomena with specific applications

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering UG and PG students and Faculty 
INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Chemical Industries, Flow reactor handling, Piping system, Metering fluent etc.
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 23 Jan 2023
End Date : 14 Apr 2023
Exam Date : 30 Apr 2023 IST
Enrollment Ends : 30 Jan 2023
Category :
  • Chemical Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Week 1  :  Characteristics of a fluid: Fluid: Units and dimensions; Density, specific gravity and specific volume; Viscosity; Surface tension; Compressibility; Characteristics of a perfect gas
Week 2  :  Fluid statics: Pressure: Forces acting on the vessel of  liquid: Why does an object float?; Relatively stationary state
Week 3  :  Fundamentals of flow: Streamline and stream tube; Steady flow and unsteady flow; Three-dimensional, two-dimensional and one-dimensional flow; Laminar flow and turbulent flow; Reynolds number; Incompressible and compressible fluids; Rotation and spinning of a liquid; Circulation.
Week 4  : One-dimensional  flow: mechanism  for conservation of flow properties; Continuity equation; Conservation of energy; Conservation of momentum; Conservation of angular momentum
Week 5  :  Flow of viscous fluid: Continuity equation; Navier-Stokes  equation; Boundary layer; Velocity distribution of  laminar flow; Velocity distribution of turbulent flow; Theory of lubrication
Week 6  :  Losses in pipes: Loss by pipe friction; Frictional loss on pipes other than circular pipes; Various losses in pipe lines; Flow in the inlet region; Pumping to higher levels
Week 7  :  Flow in a water channel: Flow in an open channel with constant section and flow velocity; Best section shape of an open channel; Specific  energy; Constant discharge; Constant specific  energy; Constant water depth; Hydraulic  jump
Week 8  :  Drag and lift and cavitation: Flows around a body; Forces acting on a body; The drag of a body; The lift of a body; Cavitation
Week 9  :  Dimensional analysis and law of similarity: Dimensional analysis; Rayleigh’s method, Buckingham’s Pi theorem; Application examples of dimensional analysis; Law of similarity
Week 10  :  Compressible fluid flow:Introduction, Thermodynamic characteristics,Speed of sound or sonic velocity, Mac number, Basic Equations of One dimensional, compressible flow, Isentropic compressible Flow, Shock Waves, Expansion waves, Fanno and Rayleigh Flow
Week 11  :  Measurement of  flow: Measurement of flow velocity; Measurement of flow discharge
Week 12  :  Multiphase flow phenomena and its application: Introduction of multiphase flow patterns; Flow patterns map; Hydrodynamics in multiphase flow, Application of multiphase flow

Books and references

Text Books:
  1. Y. NAKAYAMA, R. F. BOUCHER Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, Butterworth Heinemann Publishers
  2. R. W. Fox and A. T. McDonald, Introduction to fluid mechanics, 5th Ed., John Wiley & Sons, 1998.
  3. W. L. McCabe, J. Smith and P. Harriot, Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering, 6th Ed., McGraw - Hill, International Edition, 2001.
Reference Books:
  1. B. R. Bird, E. W. Stewart, and N. E. Lightfoot, Transport Phenomena, John Wiley & Sons, 2nd Ed., 2003.
  2. J. M. Coulson and J.F. Richardson, Chemical Engineering, Vol-1: Fluid flow, Heat Transfer and Mass Transfer, Pergamon Press, 4th Ed., 1990.
  3. S. K. Majumder, Hydrodynamics and Transport processes of inverse bubbly flow, Elsevier 1st Edn., 2016.

Instructor bio

Prof. Subrata Kumar Majumdar

IIT Guwahati
Dr. Subrata Kumar Majumder is a Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department, IIT Guwahati, India. His research interests include multiphase flow and reactor development, hydrodynamics in multiphase flow, mineral processing, process intensifications and micro-nano bubble science and technology and its applications. He is a Fellow of the International Society for Research and Development, 8A Kapteinsvigein, London, UK. He is also a recipient of various honours and awards like: Editor, Journal of Chemical Engineering Research Studies, Guest editor, American Journal of Fluid Dynamics, published by Scientific & Academic Publishing Co., CA, 91731, USA, Editorial board member of Scientific Journal of Materials Science, IIME Award on beneficiation from Indian Institute of Mineral Engineers (IIME), Editorial board Member of the Journal of Science and Technology, Scientific and Academic Publishing, USA, Advisory board member of Excelling Tech Publishers (ETP), London, UK. He is a life member of Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, Indian Institute of Mineral Engineers, member of Institute of Engineers (India), Member of Asia-Pacific Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering Society (PCBEE), senior member of International Association of Engineers (IAE), Japan. He authored four books, five book chapters, and has more than 80 publications in several reputed international journals. Presently he is working in the field of Microbubble science and technology and its applications in mineral beneficiation, food processing and arsenic, ammonia and dye removal and process intensifications by developing ejector-induced gas aided extraction process.

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 April 2023 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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