2017-2018 / MECA0457-2

Combustion. Technical and environmental aspects


18h Th, 6h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in environmental science and management (120 ECTS)2 crédits 
 Master in environmental science and management (60 ECTS)2 crédits 


Philippe Ngendakumana

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

  • Thermochemistry of combustion: adiabatic combustion under constant pressure and at constant volume, stoichiometric combustion, complete and incomplete, and composition (analysis) of the products of combustion and their properties
  • Chemical kinetics of combustion reactions
  • Types of gaseous flame (premixture, diffusion, partial premixture, laminar, turbulent) and their properties
  • Temperature and time for self-inflammation of hydrocarbons
  • Geometry of flames for laminar and turbulent diffusion
  • Combustible liquids: atomization, vaporization and combustion
  • Rational use of energy : preheating of combustion air, flameless oxidation, ...
  • Mechanisms of formation and techniques for the reduction of pollutants. Applications and norms currently in force as regards boilers, ovens, internal combustion engines for land and sea propulsion ...

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Types of flames from the combustion of hydrocarbons, mechanisms of formation and techniques of reduction of pollutants, current and future norms regarding pollution, various applications of combustion.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basic chemistry and thermodynamics

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Sessions for doing exercises are included along with theoretical presentations in order to illustrate concepts that are covered in class.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

The course consists in oral exposition, each time illustrated by practical examples. The course does not meet during the first term.
ECTS : 2

Recommended or required readings

Extracts of : - Ragland K. and Bryden K. , Combustion Engineering, 2nd edition, CRC Press, 2011 - Turns R., An introduction to combustion, Mc Graw-Hill, 1996 - Kuo K.K., Principles of combustion, John Wiley&Sons, 1986 - Strehlow R. A., Combustion fundamentals, MC Graw-Hill, 1984

Assessment methods and criteria

Grading will be based on a report written on a theme to be assigned or chosen by the student in consultation with the instructor.

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks

Laboratory trainings are organised one day  in the Thermodynamics Laboratory (on the Sart Tilman Campus - B49) during the first term (at the end of the oral lectures).


Phone : +32 (0) 366 4803
E-mail address : pngendakumana@ulg.ac.be