Multiphase Microfluidics

By Prof. Raghvendra Gupta   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 23
With the advancement in manufacturing technology in past few decades, the trend towards miniaturization has accelerated in several industries. In chemical process industries, the viability of compact heat exchangers, microreactors for process intensification is being explored because of small diffusion lengths, high interfacial area density and relatively safe operation. Most of these equipments involve multiphase flows and their design requires a fundamental understanding of heat, mass and momentum transport in multiphase flow in microchannels. This course is aimed at introducing the students with the fundamental principles as well as recent developments in the area of multiphase flow at the small scale.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: 1.Postgraduate (M Tech and PhD) and final year undergraduate student from chemical, mechanical engineering disciplines.
2.Industry practitioners from chemical micro-processing, electronics cooling and biomedical industry
Course is primarily a PG course but can be taken by third/final year students as well.

PREREQUISITES: A basic course in Fluid Mechanics

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Thermax, General Electric, Syrris, Blacktrace/Dolomite
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 20 Feb 2023
End Date : 14 Apr 2023
Exam Date : 29 Apr 2023 IST
Enrollment Ends : 20 Feb 2023
Category :
  • Chemical Engineering
Credit Points : 2
Level : Postgraduate

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction: Motivation, applications, definitions, size effects
Week 2: Interfacial Phenomena: Capillarity, wetting and dewetting behavior, Contact line dynamics
Week 3: Gas liquid and liquid-liquid flow in microchannels: Flow regimes; pressure drop and phase distribution
Week 4: Transport processes in Taylor Flow in microchannels
Week 5: Bubble and droplet generation; annular and slug-annular flow regimes
Week 6: Gas-solid flow in microchannels; Inertial microfluidics; multiphase microreactors
Week 7: Condesation, evaporation and boiling in microchannels
Week 8: Experimental and computational techniques to study multiphase flow in microchannels

Books and references

1.Two-phase flow, boiling and condensation in conventional and miniature systems, Ghiaasiaan, S. M., 2008, Cambridge University Press.
2.Tabeling, P., Introduction to Microfluidics, 2005, Oxford University Press.
3.Hessel, V., Renken, Albert, Schouten, J. C., Yoshida, J.-I., Micro Process Engineering, Selected chapters, 2009, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co
4.In addition several review papers would be prescribed as reference material. A summary of these would be provided as lecture notes.

Instructor bio

Prof. Raghvendra Gupta

IIT Guwahati
Dr. Raghvendra Gupta is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. He teaches courses related transport processes and fluid mechanics at IIT Guwahati. His research interests are based around understanding complex transport processes in chemical and biological systems using a combination of theoretical, numerical and experimental techniques.

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 6 assignments out of the total 8 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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