Fundamentals of Compressible Flow

By Prof. Niranjan Sahoo   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 416
“Gas Dynamics” is a topic of fundamental interest to Mechanical and Aerospace engineers that provides a link between core subjects i.e. “Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics”. It pertains the basic theory of compressible flow, formation of shock waves and expansion waves, nozzle flows. The treatment of the syllabus becomes the backbone of aerodynamic engineers towards research in the design of high-speed vehicles. The contents of the course starts with fluid and thermodynamic fundamentals followed by governing theories of compressible flow phenomena. Many aerodynamic high-speed facilities and their measurement diagnostics governed by these theories, are also covered in this course.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computational Thermo Fluids
  • Computational Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 23 Jan 2023
End Date : 14 Apr 2023
Enrollment Ends : 06 Feb 2023
Exam Registration Ends : 17 Mar 2023
Exam Date : 30 Apr 2023 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week-1:Review Concepts of Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics
Week-2:Wave Propagation in Compressible Medium
Week-3:Quasi-One Dimensional Isentropic Flow
Week-4:Normal Shock Waves
Week-5:Normal Shock Waves
Week-6:Oblique Shocks and Expansion Waves
Week-7:Oblique Shocks and Expansion Waves
Week-8:Oblique Shocks and Expansion Waves
Week-9:Nozzles and Diffusers
Week-10:Compressible Flow with Heat Transfer and Friction
Week-11:Measurement Diagnostics and Experimental Facilities for Compressible Flow
Week-12:Measurement Diagnostics and Experimental Facilities for Compressible Flow

Books and references

1. John D. Anderson Jr (1990), Modern Compressible Flow with Historical Perspective, McGraw-Hill, Singapore 
2. J. John and T. Keith (2010), Gas Dynamics. 3RD Edition, Pearson, New Delhi 
3. E. Rathakrishnan (2012), Gas Dynamics, 4TH Edition, PHI Learning Private Limited, New Delhi 
4. Robert D. Zucker and Oscar Biblarz (2002) Fundamentals of Gas Dynamics, Hohn Wiley and Sons Inc, New Jersy, USA

Instructor bio

Prof. Niranjan Sahoo

IIT Guwahati
Dr. Niranjan Sahoo is affiliated as “Professor” in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. Having B. Tech Degree in Mechanical Engineering, he has received PhD Degree (in the year 2004) from Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore. Till May 2020, he has 15 years of teaching and research experience at different capacity in Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. He has taught several courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the area of Fluid and Thermal Engineering, such as Fluid Mechanics, Basic and Applied Thermodynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Combustion, Gas Dynamics and Aircraft Propulsion. Besides, he has developed interdisciplinary courses under NPTEL platform, participated in virtual laboratory courses and organized TEQIP Short Term Courses with respect to National mission projects apart from several sponsored research projects. He has more than 100 research publications in peer reviewed journals and conferences. Until date, he has achieved 13 PhD guidance with ongoing research scholars of similar number.

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.

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