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Course unit
IN02101547, A.A. 2016/17

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0528, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2016/17
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination COMBUSTION
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Industrial Engineering
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge PAOLO CANU ING-IND/23

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines ING-IND/23 Applied Physical Chemistry 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 27/02/2017
End of activities 09/06/2017

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 A.A. 2016/17 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 CANU PAOLO (Presidente)
BERTUCCO ALBERTO (Membro Effettivo)
MASI MASSIMO (Supplente)
1 A.A. 2015/16 01/10/2015 30/11/2016 CANU PAOLO (Presidente)
BERTUCCO ALBERTO (Membro Effettivo)
MASI MASSIMO (Supplente)

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of physical-chemistry (phase equilibria in multicomponent mixtures and chemical reactions equilibrium)
Energy and momentum balances, macroscopic and indefinite.
Differential calculus and related numerical techniques
Target skills and knowledge: Learn about chemical and physical fundamentals of combustion and gassification processes with involved energetic and environmental aspects.
Understand the interactions among chemical reactions, fluid mechanics, and heat/mass transport.
Know about the most important configurations and technologies to carry out combustion processes, developing basic design capabilities.
Examination methods: 2 written exams (can be in english), one of theory and one of numerical exercises. Can be given at different times.
Test on exercises can be given along the course.
Assessment criteria: Average of the two written examinations.
Course unit contents: Prerequirements review: quantitative description of oxidation reactions (stoichiometry equilibrium, kinetics). Thermodynamics of multicomponent, multiphase mixtures. Transport Phenomena.

Definitions (oxidation, combustion, deflagration, detonation, flammability limits, excess air, heating value). Combustion stoichiometry. Thermodynamics (chemical equilibrium and thermochemistry). Kinetics: relevant mechanisms. Combustion of gas: laminar premixed flames, laminar diffusion flames. Turbulence: description of turbulent flow with reaction, turbulent flames, either premixed and non-premixed. Combustion of liquids: evaporation with reaction. Solids combustion: heterogeneous reactions with solids consumption. Catalytic combustion. Non-conventional fuels (biomass, alcohols, hydrogen, wastes). Fuel Cells. Pollutants production in combustion.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Classroom lessons, with projection of handnotes, later available online (teacher's web site).

Further information:
Additional notes about suggested reading: Further supporting material available on the website
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • R. Turns, An Introduction to Combustion: Concepts and Applications. --: McGraw-Hill Publishing Co.; 3rd, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • I. Glassman, Combustion. --: Academic Press, Orlando, 4th Ed, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo