Thermal Engineering: Basic and Applied

By Prof. Pranab K. Mondal   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 281
This course focuses on different aspects of applied thermodynamics, which include fundamental analysis of steam power cycle starting from thermodynamics to its application in different practical processes, analysis of the Internal combustion engines, Gas turbine cycle, and the Refrigeration cycle. Thus, this course would provide an understanding on several aspects of thermal engineering from the basics to applied parts and would unveil several physical issues concerning with the fundamental analysis and operational principle.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Undergraduate students of Mechanical/power engg/Chemical engg/electrical engg. (5th semester onwards) and postgraduate students specializing in the thermal engg; industry personnel associated with power plant and automobile industries; faculty members associated with Mechanical/Chemical engg/ power engg

PREREQUISITES: Basic UG-level Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer and Basic Fluid Mechanics

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Power plant, Automobile industries
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 :
  • Mechanical Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

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Course layout

Week 1: Review of Thermodynamics: First law and second law for control mass and control volume systems, combined first and second law applied to processes
Week 2: Steam power engineering: Description of steam power plant, application of first and second laws to different devices of power plant; ideal cycle of power plant.
Week 3: Steam Power cycles: Rankine cycle and analysis, reheat cycle and analysis.
Week 4: Modified steam power cycles: Regenerative steam power cycles, analysis, ideal working fluid for the steam power cycle.
Week 5: Second law analysis of steam power cycle: multi-fluid cycle and analysis, second law analysis of steam power cycle
Week 6: Boiler in steam power plant: Types of boiler, different cycles in boiler operation, boiler attachment, problems.
Week 7: Flow nozzles: Use of nozzles in steam power plant, flow analysis in nozzle, nozzle efficiency
Week 8: Steam turbine: Steam turbine types, analysis of steam turbine using velocity triangles, types of condenser, cooling tower
Week 9: Internal combustion engine: IC engines, classification, different parts, SI and CI engines, comparison of 2-stroke and 4-stroke engines, carburetor, MEP and fuels.
Week 10: Thermal analysis of IC engine: Thermodynamic analysis of SI and CI engines and their analysis, pressure-crank angle diagram, engine efficiencies
Week 11: Gas Turbine cycle: Types of gas turbine engines, thermodynamic cycles, combined cycles, compressor, and multistage compression with intercooling, efficiencies.
Week 12: Refrigeration cycle: Vapor compression refrigeration cycle and its analysis

Books and references

[1] T. D. Eastop and A. McConkey, Applied Thermodynamics for Engineering Technologists, Pearson, (2003)
[2] Moran, M.J., Moran, H. N. Shapiro, D.D. Boettner, and M.B. Bailey, “Fundamentals of engineering thermodynamics”. John Wiley & Sons; (2010)
[3] M. M. El-Wakil, Power Plant Technology, McGraw Hill International, (1992)
[4] W. W. Pulkrabek, Engineering Fundamentals of the Internal Combustion Engine, PHI, (2002)
[5] H. I. H Saravanamuttoo, G. F. C. Rogers and H. Cohen, Gas Turbine Theory, Pearson, (2003)

Instructor bio

Prof. Pranab K. Mondal

IIT Guwahati
Dr. Pranab K. Mondal is an Associate Professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati since May 2015. He received his undergraduate and postgraduate degree from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and completed his Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in 2015. He worked as a Research Associate at IIT Khargpur for nearly one year before joining IIT Guwahati. He has taught several courses, including Fluid Mechanics, Applied Thermodynamics, Thermodynamics, Fundamentals of Microfluidics, Experimental Methods in Fluid Mechanics to both undergraduate and post graduate students at IIT Guwahati. Among His principal research interest, encompassing the broad area of Microfluidics has covered various facets of microscale multiphase transport, electrokinetics, microscale transport of heat and experimental microfluidics. He is currently working on droplet-based microfluidics, magnetofluidics, experimental investigations of capillary filling of bio-fluids. He has co-authored more than 140 referred journal and conference publications. He is a regular reviewer of many reputed international journals and also associated with several sponsored projects pertaining to microscale phenomena.

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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