Chemical Engineering Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer

By Prof. Rabibrata Mukherjee, Prof. Arnab Atta   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 97
This is an introductory fluid dynamics and heat transfer course that plays significant role in the chemical engineering as well in the biological, petroleum, and environmental engineering curriculum. It covers some important aspects of fluid flow and heat transfer along their commonality in various chemical engineering processes. The content of this course can be broadly classified into two topics: (1) fluid dynamics, and (2) heat transfer. The objective of this course is to learn the fundamental principles of fluid dynamics and heat transfer as well as to combine and apply the consolidated understanding to solve associated chemical engineering problems.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Undergraduate students in Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering.

PREREQUISITES: Courses in calculus and in mass and energy balances

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Chemical and Petrochemical Process Industries such as BASF, Tata Chemicals, Reliance Industries, IFFCO, Dr. Reddy’s, Haldia Petrochem, etc.
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 23 Jan 2023
End Date : 14 Apr 2023
Exam Date : 29 Apr 2023 IST
Enrollment Ends : 30 Jan 2023
Category :
  • Chemical Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction to fluid dynamics: Properties of fluids and Kinematics
Week 2: Basic conservation equations: continuity and momentum
Week 3: Exact Solutions
Week 4: Order of Magnitude Analysis and Boundary Layer
Week 5: Boundary Layer Analysis
Week 6: Turbulent Flow, Reynold’s Decomposition
Week 7: Fundamentals and mechanism of heat transfer: Conduction, Convection, and Radiation, Differential equations of heat transfer
Week 8: Steady-state conduction: Conduction in Cylinders and Spheres, Critical radius of insulation, Heat transfer from extended surface
Week 9: Transient conduction: Lumped system analysis, Numerical method for transient conduction analysis
Week 10: Forced convective heat transfer: Fundamentals, Boundary layers, Energy and momentum transfer analogies
Week 11: Natural convection: Mechanism, Empirical correlations for various surfaces Overview of boiling and condensation
Week 12: Radiation heat transfer: Introduction, properties, view factor

Books and references

1. Introduction to Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Machines, by Som, Biswas and Chakrabory, McGrawhill, ISBN: 9780071329194
2. Introduction to Fluid Mechanics by Fox and McDonalds, 10 th Edition, Wiley India
3. Fundamentals of Momentum, Heat, and Mass Transfer by James Welty, Gregory L. Rorrer, and David G. Foster, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
4. Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer by F. P. Incropera, and D. P. Dewitt, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Instructor bio

Prof. Rabibrata Mukherjee

Rabibrata Mukherjee is presently a Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering at IIT Kharagpur. He obtained his PhD from IIT Kanpur in the year 2007. He joined IIT Kharagpur in the Department of Chemical Engineering as an Assistant Professor in 2009 and became a Professor in 2018. Prior to joining IIT Kharagpur, he was a Scientist at CSIR - Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute, between 1997 and 2009. He is an internationally recognized expert in soft nano patterning and thin film instability, with specific emphasis on ordering and arranging objects by confined self organization at the nano and meso scale. So far he has published 85 international journals papers and holds 7 Indian patents. He has been awarded the CSIR Young Scientist Award in 2007, the MRSI Medal in 2014, and the SERB – STAR Award 2020. He is presently, the Chairman of DST funded Sophisticated Analytical and Technical Help Institute (SATHI) at IIT Kharagpur. He is an extremely popular teacher in IIT Kharagpur, where he teaches several core and elective courses both at the Under-graduate and the Post-graduate level.

Prof. Arnab Atta

IIT Kharagpur
Dr. Arnab Atta is presently an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at IIT Kharagpur. After receiving his bachelor and master of Chemical Engineering degrees from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, he accomplished his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from IIT Delhi, New Delhi as a National Doctoral Fellow. Prior to joining IIT Kharagpur in 2013, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Alberta, Canada. His research interest is inclined toward developing computational models for a range of applications in multiphase flow and systems at different length scales.

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: 29 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 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.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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