Syllabus academic year 2007/2008

Higher education credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Level: G2 (First level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand. Optional for: F3, F3fs, M4, M3fs, W4. Course coordinator: Per-Erik Bengtsson,, Fysik, kurslaboratoriet. Recommended prerequisits: FMF150 Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics, KFK080 Thermodynamics, MMV201 Applied Thermodynamics, Basic Course, FFF100 Thermodynamics and Electronical Materials. Assessment: To pass the course the student must pass the written examination, the laboratory exercises, the compulsory exercises, and the project. The grade is weighted from the project (1/3), and the examination (2/3). Compulsory exercises that have been well performed give additional points on the examination. Home page:

The aim of the course is to provide a fundamental understanding for the physical processes in combustion. Important areas are thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, radiation, transport processes. From this basic understanding combustion phenomena and systems can be analysed such as autoignition, flame propagation, extinction, and pollutant formation. Improved understanding of combustion processes is highly important to improve efficiency and decrease harmful emissions, which is of global importance since 90% of the energy usage in the world can be related to combustion processes.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Introduction, thermochemistry, chemical equilibrium, adiabatic flame temperature, chemical kinetics, ignition processes, combustion physics, premixed and diffusion flames, turbulent combustion, pollutant formation, combustion diagnostics, and practical combustion systems.

Laboratory exercises: 1) Computer simulations of self-ignition and flame propagation, 2) Measureemnts of flame velocities and demonstrations of different methods for combustion diagnostics

Project: Subject is chosen after discussion with teacher. After the study, it is summarised in a written report and presented orally.

Turns, S.R., An introduction to combustion - concepts and applications, second edition, 2000, and supplementary teaching material