Fundamental of Fluid Mechanics for Chemical and Biomedical Engineers

By Prof. Raghvendra Gupta   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 5
This basic course on fluid dynamics is designed specifically for Chemical Engineering. The participants will be introduced to properties of fluid and flow properties such as velocity, stress. The students will learn to analyse the fluid flow problem employing dimensional analysis, integral analysis and differential analysis. The course would focus more on viscous flow in pipes and around submerged objects such as spheres and cylinders. A number of problems relevant to chemical and biomedical engineering applications will be solved.

UG students of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and biomedical engineering
PREREQUISITES : The participant should have understanding of class 12 level mathematics
INDUSTRIES  SUPPORT     : All chemical, bioprocessing industries
Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 23 Jan 2023
End Date : 14 Apr 2023
Exam Date : 29 Apr 2023 IST
Enrollment Ends : 30 Jan 2022
Category :
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Bioprocesses
  • Bioengineering
  • Minor 3 in Chemical
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction and Application
Week 2: Fluid properties and flow field
Week 3: Dimensional analysis and similitude
Week 4: Fluid statics: pressure, gravity and surface tension
Week 5: Macroscopic balances
Week 6: Fluid kinematics
Week 7: Differential analysis-I
Week 8: Differential analysis-II
Week 9: Inviscid flow
Week 10: Flow around submerged objects
Week 11: Turbulent flow
Week 12: Pipe flow

Books and references

1. R. W. Fox and A. T. McDonald, Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, Wiley India Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2015.
2. F. M. White, Fluid Mechanics, 8th Ed., McGraw Hill Publications, 2017.
3. Y. Cengel and J. Kimbala, Fluid Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications, McGraw Hill Publication, 3rd Ed., 2014
4. W. M. Deen, Introduction to Chemical Engineering Fluid Mechanics, Cambridge University Press, New York, 2016
5. W. L. McCabe, J. Smith and P. Harriot, Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering, 7th Ed., McGraw - Hill, International Edition, 2014.

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 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.

- NPTEL team

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