FAQs - Textbook Companion

1. What is Textbook Companion?

The Textbook Companion aims to generate an online collection of OpenFOAM cases/solvers for worked out examples and select exercise problems from standard textbooks.

2. Which book can I choose?

Any book containing more than 20 solved examples can be chosen for creating TBC. However, the applicant has to ensure that the proposed book has not already been completed or is being completed currently by any other intern. The list of completed books and books in progress is available on the website. In case the book has already been completed or is being worked upon by another intern, then the book proposal will be rejected. Also note that the responsibility of ensuring such a scenario does not arise bears with the intern and/or his teacher as per the undertaking form.

3. What is the minimum number of examples a book should have?

Please make sure that the book proposed by you has at least 20 examples. If student is not able to find 20 examples in one book, then he/she can refer another book along with the existing book. But each book should have at least 10 examples. If it is found that the number of examples is less, the internship might be canceled during the later stages. Along with the book proposal, you are required to send a chapter's case file from one of the three proposed books to cfd-tbc (at) fossee (dot) in in a .zip or .tgz file. The subject for the mail with sample case should be "New Book Proposal-Sample Cases-".We will not contact you to send the case file. It is suggested that you propose the book as early as possible since your preferred book may be assigned to someone else.

4. Who is eligible for internship?

Students pursuing graduation in mechanical, chemical, civil, aerospace from various colleges are eligible for this internship.

5. What are the prerequisites for applying for the internship?

There are no prerequisites for applying for the internship. The student should be comfortable with environment of OpenFoam and should be aware of basic OpenFoam commands and operations.

6. What is the deadline for the internship?

The internship should be completed within 3 months after proposing the book. The solved cases can be uploaded in multiple groups (e.g. chapter wise) before the deadline. Applicants may contact us at cfd-tbc (at) fossee (dot) in if the deadline needs to be changed. Please note that the extension of the deadline for the completion of the internship will be considered only in case of genuine reasons.

7. What is the last date of completing the internship?

The internship should be completed within 3 months after proposing the book.

8. Can the internship be canceled if it is allotted to me? Has it ever been canceled for anybody?

Yes. Refusal to meet the deadline, poor solving cases and badgering the OpenFOAM team are some of the reasons as to why the internship could be cancelled. No partial payment will be made in such a case.

9. Is it necessary to come to IIT Bombay for completing the internship?

No. There is no need to come to IIT Bombay at any phase of the internship. All the correspondence will be carried out via e-mails and/or postal services.

10. Is it necessary to have a mentor?

No. According to the new TBC policy effective Feb 1 2014, the student is not required to have a mentor.

11. Can I work on more than one book simultaneously?

Yes. If a student is not able to find 10 examples in one book, then he/she can refer another book at the same time.

12. Can more than one student work on the same book?

No, a particular textbook companion should be completed by only one student.

13. How many books can I propose?

Initially, an applicant can propose 3 books. One of the proposed books will then be allotted for creating TBC. However, if a student is currently working on a particular book, then no other book should be proposed until the previously allotted book has been completed successfully.

14. Can I mail and ask if a book can be submitted for the book proposal?

Before you mail us *please check the Completed Books and Books Under Progress section* to get an idea as to whether the book can be suggested.

15. Can I mail my book proposal?

No. Please use the book proposal form to submit your proposal.

16. Can I propose a book that has been completed or is under progress as a different edition?

No. Please ensure that the book chosen by you is not being worked upon/completed by any other student.

17. Do I need to know OpenFOAM before I submit my book proposal?

The student should be comfortable with using OpenFOAM and should be aware of basic OpenFOAM commands and operations.

18. Can I refer to some cases as reference?

Yes, the solved cases for completed books under TBC activity are available for free downloading. The cases can be referred if needed.

19. Can I use some other computing package for creating TBC?

No proprietary packages should be used for creating TBC. For use of any open source software package other than OpenFOAM, contact us at cfd (underscore) tbc (at) fossee (dot) in.

20. When can I start the solving the cases?

You can start solving as soon as the book proposed by you is approved and book allotment is confirmed. The confirmation will be communicated via an automated e-mail.

21. I have completed the solved examples for the entire textbook. What do I do now?

Please contact the OpenFOAM team at cfd-tbc (at) fossee (dot) in and let them know that your examples from book are complete.

22. When do I submit the internship forms?

You can submit the forms at any time after your book proposal has been accepted. Please note that your honorarium will not be released until all the correctly filled forms are received by CFD Team at IIT Bombay.

23. Is there a deadline for submitting the internship forms?

No, there is no definite deadline for submitting the forms. However, the honorarium cannot be released unless the forms are received. Also, the book will not be published on the CFD website before receiving all the correctly filled forms.

24. What about intellectual rights of the TBC?

The copyrights for TBC will be handed to FOSSEE Project. The name of creator of TBC and teacher will be published along with the pdf file. The TBC will be available for free downloading on CFD website.

25. What is the procedure for acquiring certificates/honorarium?

The uploaded examples will be reviewed and once the cases are found satisfactory the applicant will be informed. The candidate should then mail ALL the internship related forms AFTER filling the appropriate details to IIT Bombay to the following address: Prof. Shivasubramanian Gopalakrishnan, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400 076 Ph: 022 2576 4133 Please write "Textbook Companion" on top of the envelope. The honorarium will then be sent via post after all the duly filled forms are received by OpenFOAM Team at IIT Bombay. The e-certificate can be downloaded from http://cfd.fossee.in/certificate after the solved examples are approved. You need to login in order to download the e-certificate. Please send ALL the correctly filled forms in a SINGLE envelope.

26. How long does it take to receive my Honorarium?

If you do not get your money within 45 days after submitting cases, please get in touch with us - we shall be happy to assist you. If there are problems with the submitted cases, naturally, there will be further delays.

27. Why is there a delay in my Honorarium payment?

On submission of a Textbook Companion, the review process involves several checks including but not limited to: 1. Incorrect Case file. 2. Completeness of the book - missing parts (or) sections of case files. In this regards, we are forced to test EVERY example of EVERY participant thoroughly. Due to many participants, this verification process takes considerable amount of time. Moreover, dispatch of Government money requires approvals from the Dean's Office, Accounts Office, Post Office, etc which also takes some time. Due to the above listed reasons, immediate acceptance of a Textbook Companion and processing of payment is highly impossible.

28. Where do I get a one-rupee revenue stamp? How does a revenue stamp look like?

You can buy a one rupee revenue stamp from the Post Office. Here is a scan of a fully filled internship form - http://cfd.fossee.in/files/download/forms/example-filled-receipt.pdf

29. Can I propose more books after completion?

Yes. You are welcome to propose more books. Please encourage your friends to take part in this internship.

30. I have finished one or more textbook companions already. Is there any other activity I can participate in?

You can take part in CFD Lab Migration Project and Python Textbook Companion Project.

31. Who do I contact in case I still have a doubt?

You can contact the OpenFOAM team at cfd-tbc (at) fossee (dot) in.