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3 Credits
Winter term
Lecture Only

ME 312, and
ME 332 or ME 332H
David Blunck
317 Rogers Hall

Course Description

Study of combustion science based on the background of chemistry, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer. Stoichiometry, energetics of chemical reactions, flame temperature, equilibrium product analyses, chemical kinetics and chain reactions.


  • Practical implications of combustion
  • Thermochemistry and energy conservation
  • Elementary reactions/chemical kinetics
  • General conservation equations
  • Ignition and extinction
  • Flame propagation in gas mixtures
  • Liquid fuel combustion
  • Gas fuel jet diffusion flames
  • Solid fuel combustion

Learning Outcomes

The student, upon successful completion of this course, will be able to:

  1. Discuss the fundamental physical and chemical principles of various combustion phenomena independent of an application.
  2. Address various combustion problems by extending the earlier-gained knowledge of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat/mass transfer.
  3. Make quantitative and qualitative estimates of characteristics of various combustion processes.