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M.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering at IITM

First semester is common under each stream. From the second semester onwards, the students take core and elective courses from the various specializations listed under each stream. The project work is done in one of the specializations. The scope and subject coverage offered in each of these streams are as follows:

(I) Thermal Engineering Stream (ME1)

Combustion and Propulsion

The courses for this specialization include advanced thermodynamics, combustion technology, theory of fire propagation, air-breathing engines, rocket technology and a few related electives such as transport phenomena and numerical methods.

Projects are offered in the following areas:

Shock tube technique applied to combustion kinetics, laminar and turbulent flame propagation, flame stabilization, combustion in swirling flows, spray and droplet combustion, hydrogen combustion in supersonic flows and numerical modeling of combustion systems, active and passive flow control.

Heat Transfer and Thermal Power

This specialisation deals with the fundamentals and applied aspects of heat transfer and multiphase flow, design of heat exchangers, power plant systems and advanced renewable energy technologies, measurements and a few related electives in energy systems.

Students can undertake projects in the areas of Heat exchangers, Cooling of electronic equipment, inverse heat transfer, atmospheric radiation, heat transfer processes in aerospace, metallurgical and chemical applications, advanced coal technologies, fluidised bed combustion and heat transfer, renewable energy systems, thermohydraulics in thermal and nuclear power devices, heat transfer in porous media, bio-thermofluids, numerical heat transfer, nano-technology, microscale heat transfer, biofuel conversion, biological heat transfer.


This specialisation includes subjects such as design of pumps, design of hydroturbines, pump application and electives such as cavitation, experimental methods, mechanical design and standards in hydroturbomachines, micro hydropower and performance analysis of turbomachinery.

Projects are offered in the areas of design, fabrication and testing of different types of pumps and turbines, computer aided design, flow analysis and performance prediction, experimental studies of flow through pumps and turbines, cavitation, noise and vibration studies.

I.C. Engines and Gas Turbines

In this specialisation, subjects like engine system and performance, simulation of IC Engine processes and design of combustion engines are offered. A variety of electives like alternate fuels, engine instrumentation and electronic management, engine tribology and laser diagnostics in engines are also available.

Students can do project work in the following areas:

Development of engine to use alternative fuels like alcohols, hydrogen and bio-gas, exhaust pollution control in spark-ignition and compression ignition engines scavenging and fuel injection in two-stroke engines development of surface-ignition and adiabatic engines, turbulence studies and simulation of four-stroke and two-stroke engines, numerical simulation of engine and gas turbine combustion systems, soot modeling, fluid dynamics of engines and in-cylinder flow analysis spray characteristics.

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

In this specialization, core courses like air conditioning and ventilation, refrigeration machinery and components, and sorption refrigeration and heating systems are offered. In addition, the following elective courses are also offered: Utilization of solar energy, Thermal energy conservation, Food processing and preservation, Vacuum engineering, HVAC applications and Advanced cryogenic systems.

Project work can be done in any of the following areas:

Dual stage and double effect vapour absorption refrigeration systems, Pumpless absorption refrigerators, Transfer tank operated vapour absorption refrigeration system, Heat pumps, Energy storage, Cooling of electronic equipment, Cooling and freezing of foods, Development of solar operated absorption refrigeration system, Building energy conservation, Cooling towers, Ventilation and air conditioning of buildings, Desiccant and evaporative cooling system, Personal air conditioners, Environmentally friendly working fluid for refrigeration, Solid sorption refrigerators, Metal hydride systems, vapour compression refrigerators operating with new refrigerants and refrigerant mixtures, Compact cryogenic heat exchangers, Small J-T cryocoolers, Cryorefrigerators, Cryogenic process simulation and natural gas liquefaction systems.

Thermal Turbomachines

In this specialisation, the core courses cover aerodynamic design of axial compressors and turbines, theory of steam and gas turbines, centrifugal and axial compressors. In addition, electives are offered in the area of fans, blowers, compressors, mechanical design aspects of compressors and turbine components, steam and gas turbine engineering, measurement techniques, CFD and advanced topics such as turbomachinery noise.

Students can take up projects in the following areas:

Tip clearance flows and inlet flow distortion studies, Low solidity and half vaned diffusers flow through cascades, Boundary layer and wake studies on turbine blades, Active surge control in centrifugal compressors, Studies on Wells turbine, Computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer in turbo machines, Experimental investigations on rotating systems, turbomachinery noise.

Programme Codes:

  • ME1Y -> M.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering - Thermal Stream with HTTA
  • ME1N -> M.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering - Thermal Stream without HTTA
(II) Design Stream (ME2)

Uhis stream of specialisation in �Mechanical Design� offers courses related to the theory and application of design. All the Students have to take six stream core courses in the first semester. These are computational methods in engineering, theory of mechanisms, theory of vibrations, principles of product design, design with advanced materials and advanced mechanics of solids.

This specialisation provides opportunities to learn additional/specialized aspects in mechanical design by studying additional core subjects such as failure analysis and finite element analysis and a basket of electives such as design synthesis, design of transmission elements, gear design, CAD/CAM for product design, mechatronics, product reliability, transmission mechanisms and manipulators, tribo design, tribo-instrumentation, nonlinear solid mechanics, optimization methods, rotor dynamics, random vibration, acoustics and noise control, vehicular vibration, chaotic vibration, advanced theory of vibration, modal analysis of mechanical systems.

The theory/concepts learned are firmed up through a project work in the final semester. The project work can be taken up in the following areas: Design and development of mechanical systems, Machines/mechanisms; theoretical and experimental investigations considering the strength, rigidity, vibration, wear, lubrication, and failure by fatigue or fracture; design and performance evaluation, smart structures, structural health monitoring; design optimization, development and application of FEM and CAD software for equipment and systems design, static and dynamic analysis of structures, machines, machine elements, composite structures, rotor dynamics, acoustics, active vibration and noise control, random vibration, non-linear vibration and chaos, vehicle dynamics, flow induced vibration, condition monitoring and fault diagnosis.

Programme Codes:

  • ME2Y -> M.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering - Design Stream with HTTA
  • ME2N -> M.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering - Design Stream without HTTA
(III) Manufacturing and Precision Engineering Stream (ME3)

UThe courses offered in the first semester are computational methods in engineering, microprocessors in automation, robotics and robot applications, metrology and computer aided inspection, computer-aided design in manufacturing and computer numerical control. The core courses offered after the first semester in this stream are advanced materials and processing, sensors for intelligent manufacturing & condition monitoring, mechatronics and oil hydraulics & pneumatic systems.

A good number of electives permit one to choose his/her area of interest within the broad spectrum of courses related to advanced manufacturing engineering, computer integrated manufacturing and precision engineering.

The list of electives include the courses such as production system design and control, handling system design, tooling for automated manufacturing & assembly, and management of finance, marketing & personnel, with a special emphasis on impact of computers in advanced manufacturing. Further, a wide variety of electives for in-depth study in specific areas of CIM such as artificial intelligence in manufacturing, flexible manufacturing systems, machine vision & its applications are included. This also includes courses to give a clear understanding of the organizational aspects and total quality management of CIM environment. A number of electives are offered to cover precision engineering elements and instruments, manufacturing methods in precision engineering, precision drives & controls, applied optics, instrumentation and controls, and other important aspects of precision engineering which has assumed a great significance in the recent past for realizing host of products ranging from IT to Aerospace.

The project work can be taken in the areas such as computer applications in design and manufacturing, materials, treatment and manufacturing processes, process equipments and tools, process control and optimization, inspection, testing and quality assurance, manufacturing automation - sensors, handling devices etc. their selection, integration and control, simulation and management aspects. Project work can also be undertaken in the broad areas of instrumentation, robotics, precision manufacture, metrology, microprocessor system based development. CAD, adaptive and digital control system, active noise control, active suspension, embedded controllers for automotive application, sensor technology, micro actuators, dynamic balancing, magnetic suspension, gyroscopic systems, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, simulation and dynamic analysis, sintered bearings, mechatronic devices, computer aided surgery and Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS).

Programme Codes:

  • ME3Y -> M.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering - Manufacturing Engineering Stream with HTTA
  • ME3N -> M.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering - Manufacturing Engineering Stream without HTTA

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