Course Description

Combustion Theory

Lecturer: Prof. Heinz Pitsch, RWTH Aachen University
Objective: Fundamental knowledge in laminar and turbulent combustion: laminar premixed and diffusion flame structure, flammability limits, regimes of premixed combustion, turbulent burning velocities, flamelet concept and its applications for nonpremixed turbulent combustion.
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Combustion Chemistry

Lecturer: Prof. Hai Wang, University Of Southern California
Objective: A discussion of the fundamental and application of combustion chemistry with topics ranging from a review of thermodynamics, thermochemical properties, group additivity, basic quantum and statistical mechanics, reaction mechanisms and modeling, transition state theory, Rice-Ramsperger-Kassel-Markus theory, to solution of the master equation of collision energy transfer.  Topics of transport theory and properties include the Chapman-Enskog theory and its applications.  Concepts and application of detailed kinetic modeling of laminar reacting flows will be discussed.
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Laser Diagnostics in Combustion

Lecturer: Prof. Marcus Aldén, Lund University
Objective: The aim of the course is to provide graduate students in the area of combustion with a fundamental understanding of the use and application of laser techniques for diagnostics of combustion processes. The lectures will be concentrated on spectroscopic techniques for measurements of temperature, species concentration and particle characterization. The course will include fundamental issues on molecular spectroscopy and relevant instrumental equipment and will cover techniques based on linear optics, e.g. laser-induced fluorescence, Rayleigh and Raman scattering as well as techniques based on non-linear optics, e.g. CARS, polarization spectroscopy and DFWM. The techniques will be described in terms of relevant theory and exemplified by numerous applications, ranging from small scale laminar flames to full scale boilers.

Gas Turbine Combustion

Lecturer: Prof. Timothy C. Lieuwen, Georgia Institute Of Technology
Objective: This course will cover combustion fundamentals as applied to steady flowing combustion systems, such as gas turbines, boilers, or other burners. It will particularly emphasize coupling between kinetic, flame aerodynamic, and fluid mechanics processes that control combustor behavior. The course will discuss pollutant emissions, with particular focus on NOx and CO emissions. Then, it will describe flame stretch processes, flame stabilization, and blowoff physics. It will discuss flame aerodynamics, briefly introduce inherent flame instabilities, and relate these processes to flashback. Finally, it will discuss flame dynamics, thermoacoustic instabilities, and flame-acoustic interaction processes.
Lecture Notes:
Lecture 3  Flame Stretch, Edge Flames, Flame Stabilization Concepts Part 1-2 Part 3 Part4-5
Lecture 4  Disturbance Propagation and Generation in Reacting Flows Part 1-3 Part 4-6
Lecture 5  Flame Response to Harmonic Excitation Part 1 Part 2 Part 3-4