Swayam Central

Mechanics of Machining

By Prof. Uday S. Dixit   |   IIT Guwahati
Machining is a metal removal process, which can be accomplished by applying force on raw material by means of a cutting tool. This course aims at explaining the physics of the cutting process. The course will contain discussion of statics, kinematics and kinetics of the cutting process. Experimental findings relevant to mechanics of the process will also be discussed. The course will also include introductory discussion on non-traditional machining processes.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : UG and PG students of Mechanical/Production/Manufacturing
PREREQUISITES        : Strength/Mechanics of Material and Materials Science at UG level
INDUSTRY SUPPORT  : Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Defense Research
 and Development Organization (DRDO), Die manufacturing industries, Automobile Industries, Machine
 Tool Industries, Precision medical equipment manufacturing industries.

Learners enrolled: 1621


Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 27 Jan 2020
End Date : 20 Mar 2020
Exam Date : 29 Mar 2020
Enrollment Ends : 03 Feb 2020
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
    This is an AICTE approved FDP course


    Week 1  :   Deformation of metals,Mechanism of plastic deformation,Machining processes: Single edge tool,types of chips
    Week 2  :  Tool geometry: single point cutting tool specifications
              Tool specifications, conversion of tool angles, Multi-point cutting tools
                      Mechanics of orthogonal cutting, force relationships
    Week 3  :   Determination of stress, strain, and strain rate
      Measurement of shear angle
      Other analysis for force relationships
    Week 4  :   Mechanics of oblique cutting
      Measurement of cutting forces
    Week 5  :  Thermal aspects of machining: Temperatures in orthogonal cutting
      Tool wear and tool life and tool life equations
      Economics in machining  
    Week 6  :   Practical machining operations: Turning and shaping & planning operation
      Practical machining operations: milling and drilling
      Grinding of metals and mechanics of grinding process 
    Week 7  :   Abrasive machining and finishing operations
      CNC machines and CNC programming  
    Week 8  :   Introduction to advanced machining processes


    1. G K Lal, Introduction to Machining Science, 3rd edition, New Age International Pvt Ltd., 2007. 
    2. A Ghosh and A K Mallik, Manufacturing Science, 2nd edition, Affiliated East-West Press Pvt. Ltd., 1986.
    3. G Boothroyd and W. A. Knight, Fundamentals of Machining and Machine Tools, CRC-Taylor and Francis, 2006.
    4. V K Jain, Advanced Machining Processes, Allied Publishers, 2009.
    5. P M Dixit and U S Dixit, Modeling of Metal Forming and Machining Processes: By Finite Element and Soft Computing Methods, Springer, 2010.
    6. A Bhattacharya, Metal Cutting: Theory and Practice, New Central Book Agency, 2012.


    Prof. Uday S. Dixit

    IIT Guwahati
    Dr. Uday Shanker Dixit received B.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering from erstwhile University of Roorkee (now Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee) in 1987, M.Tech. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 1993, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1998. He has worked in two industries— HMT, Pinjore and INDOMAG Steel Technology, New Delhi, where his main responsibility was designing various machines. Dr. Dixit joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, in 1998, where he is currently a Professor. He was also the Officiating Director of Central Institute of Technology, Kokrajhar from February 2014 to May 2015. Dr. Dixit is actively engaged in research in various areas of design and manufacturing since last about 30 years. Most of his research work is focused on Modelling of Manufacturing Processes and involves finite element analysis of elastoplastic problems. He has authored/co-authored 118 journal papers, 111 conference papers, 31 book chapters and 7 books in mechanical engineering. He has also co-edited 7 books related to manufacturing. He has guest-edited 11 special issues of journals. Presently he is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Institution of Engineers (India), Series C and Regional Editor Asia of International Journal of Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems. He has guided 12 doctoral and 44 masters’ students. Dr. Dixit has investigated a number of sponsored projects and developed several courses including a NPTEL course on Engineering Mechanics.


    • 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: 29th March 2020, 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

    • 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.