Credit Hours:


Learning Objective:

To introduce energy and combustion fundamentals for analyzing modern combustion products and their size, efficiency, temperature, pollutant generation, and fire safety.


Physical and chemical aspects of basic combustion phenomena. Classification of flames. Measurement of laminar flame speed. Factors influencing burning velocity. Theory of flame propagation. Flammability. Chemical aspects. Chemical equilibrium. Chain reactions. Calculations and measurement of flame temperature. Diffusion flames. Fuels. Atomization and evaporation of liquid fuels. Theories of ignition, stability, and combustion efficiency. Spring 2019 Course Syllabus

Topics Covered:

-Introduction and motivation
-Review of stoichiometry, adiabatic flame temperature, and chemical equilibrium
-Chemical kinetics
-Chemical mechanisms
-Emissions and pollutants
-Reacting systems
-Laminar premixed and diffusions flames
-Turbulent premixed and diffusion flames
-Advanced topics: multiphase combustion, solids combustion, detonations, measurements and diagnostics, etc.


Undergraduate level courses in thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer, and fluid mechanics.

Applied / Theory:

50 / 50

Web Address:

Web Content:

Syllabus, lecture notes, homework assignments, solutions, and other references will be available via Blackboard.


Homework is 20% of final grade


Literature Review Project (full details provided later)
-Cannot be based on prior literature review
-A topic of interest to you
-Will include: Written report showing topical mastery, Sample homework calculation (Question/Solution), Sample one-page white paper proposal, Recorded elevator speech
-Due near end of semester
-Report and white paper will be peer-reviewed


2 midterm exams:closed book/open notes (40% of final grade)
1 final exam:closed book/open notes (20% of final grade)


Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department.
REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: An Intro to Combustion: Concepts & Applications, 3rd Edition, by Stephen Turns, McGraw-Hill Education ISBN:9780073380193

Computer Requirements:

ProEd minimum computer requirements. Course syllabus, assignments, solutions to past assignments, class notes, frequently asked questions and their answers, class e-mail list (with student approval) will be available on the class Web site. E-mail communications strongly encouraged.

Other Requirements:


ProEd Minimum Requirements: