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IN02101547, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0528, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2018/19
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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
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

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 A.A. 2017/18 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 CANU PAOLO (Presidente)
GIOMO MONICA (Membro Effettivo)
MASI MASSIMO (Supplente)

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of physical-chemistry (thermal and volumetric equation of state).
Energy and momentum balances, macroscopic and indefinite.
Differential calculus and related numerical techniques.
Command on units of measure.
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 diagnostic and basic design capabilities.
Examination methods: Written exam of numerical exercises (can be in english).
Optional oral exam on the course program or on specific applications based on Chemkin
Assessment criteria: The evaluation takes place through the results of the written text and of the (possible) oral examination, as the average of the marks of the two tests, at the same weight.

The development of the self-assessment quizzes during the year entitles to a bonus for the first 2 calls after the course:

In particular, it is assessed:

1 - The ability to orientate in the notions taught, which is revealed in the correctness of the identification, in an assigned problem, of the correct instruments of analysis and evaluation;
2 - The ability to perform simple calculations correctly and consistently, with sensitivity to the physical meaning of the manipulated numbers and the appropriate use of the units of measurement.
3 - The ability to translate the taught methods into real examples
4 - The ability to interpret the methods taught in a personal way, also developing similarities between apparently distant topics
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 (including the audio) via Moodle.

Autoevaluation quizzes based on the Moodle platform are used during the course
Additional notes about suggested reading: Further didactic material (data, readings, programs, videos) available on the Moodle platform
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

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • One Note (digital ink)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Good Health and Well-Being Quality Education Affordable and Clean Energy Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action