Course Description

Combustion Theory

Lecturer: Professor Chung K. Law Princeton University, USA, and Tsinghua University, China

Objective: This course presents combustion as a rigorous scientific discipline that has undergone tremendous advance recently to attain the present state of quantitative predictability.
The advance is characterized by three distinguishing themes which will be emphasized throughout the course: the canonical formulation of the theoretical foundation; the strong interplay between experiment, theory, and computation; and the description of combustion phenomena from the unified viewpoint of fluid mechanics and chemical kinetics. The course consists of three parts, namely: (1) the basic scientific components of thermodynamics, chemical kinetics and transport phenomena that constitute chemically reacting flows; (2) the foundational combustion concepts of premixed and diffusion flames, the limit phenomena of ignition, extinction and flame stabilization, and the aerodynamics of flames; (3) combustion in turbulent, boundary-layer, two-phase, and supersonic flows. The lectures will focus on understanding the basic physical and chemical concepts governing combustion phenomena, supported by mathematical analysis, computational simulation, experimentation and applications.

Combustion Chemistry

Lecturer: Professor Michael J. Pilling University of Leeds, UK

Objective: The aim of this course is to provide students with an understanding of how rate coefficients and products of elementary reactions of importance in combustion are determined experimentally, how they are used in conjunction with theoretical models and how they are incorporated in chemical mechanisms for use in combustion models. Thermodynamic properties are also central to combustion and their determination for radical species will be discussed. The course will be illustrated by a number of detailed examples of relevance to high and low temperature hydrocarbon oxidation and NOx formation and control. The final lectures will examine the impact of combustion emissions, and especially of NOx, on climate change and air quality.

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