Combustion Physics

Lund University

Fundamental combustion

Why is it useful to study combustion? One motivation is that this source contributes with more than 85% of all the energy supply in the world, and the energy usage increase globally by 3% per year. Another motivation is that knowledge in combustion is important for the modern engineer to be able to make combustion processes more efficient and to develop them to produce less pollutants, such as hydrocarbons, particles and nitrogen oxides. Thus, we need to study combustion processes. Research on alternative fuels also enables a transition to a future sustainable society.

This course aims at providing the basics for understanding combustion phenomena. This includes thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, ignition, fluid dynamics and the formation of pollutants. From the knowledge in these areas it is possible to reach an understanding for energy related and environmental problems connected to real life combustion.

Typical example of a turbulent diffusion flame. Soot particles in the flame give the characteristic yellow color.

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Course code: FBR012/new code FBRF01, FYSD11
Period: VT2
Credits: 7,5 Hp
Applicable for: F3, M3, W4
ResponsibleAlexander Konnov

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Contents and outline

The course contains thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, ignition, flames, radiation and ionization, diagnostics, turbulent combustion and modeling, internal combustion engines and gas turbines, fire, and pollutant formation.

The course has 13 lectures, 4 exercises, 1 compulsory exercise, 1 laboratory exercise, and 1 project which is presented both orally and written. Moreover, a large number of exercises are given to work with during the course. The examination consists of a written examination. Good quality of the compulsory exercise and the project give additional points on the examination