Course Description


Combustion Theory and Applications in CFD

Lecturer: Prof. Heinz Pitsch, RWTH Aachen University
Course Length: 15 hours (Mon – Fri)

Objective: Fundamental knowledge in laminar and turbulent combustion and applications in CFD: laminar premixed and diffusion flame structure, flammability limits, introduction to turbulence, LES, introduction to turbulent combustion and modeling, regimes of premixed combustion, turbulent burning velocities, flamelet concept and its applications for nonpremixed turbulent combustion, CFD and numerical combustion with application to internal combustion engines and gas turbines.

Combustion and Fuels Chemistry

Lecturer: Prof. William H. Green, MIT
Course Length: 15 hours (Mon – Fri)

Objective: Why and how changing the fuel changes combustion performance. Fundamentals of combustion chemistry and related chemical kinetics: experimental rate measurements, thermodynamics, thermochemical properties, basic quantum and statistical mechanics, transition state theory, RRKM theory & master equations, functional group estimation methods, methods for building and effectively using large reaction mechanisms. Important reactions in different combustion regimes or phenomena. Criteria for a new fuel to be successful.

Reciprocating Engines

Lecturer: Prof. Rolf D. Reitz, University of Wisonsin at Madison
Course Length: 15 hours (Mon – Fri)

Objective: Engine fundamentals and performance metrics, computer modeling supported by in-depth understanding of fundamental engine processes and detailed experiments in engine design optimization.

Unsteady Combustor Processes

Lecturer: Prof. Timothy C. Lieuwen, Georgia Institute of Technology
Course Length: 9 hours (Wed – Fri)

Objective: This course will address the unsteady combustor physics that define many of the most important considerations associated with modern combustor design. These unsteady processes include transient, time harmonic, and stochastic processes. For example, ignition, flame blowoff and flashback are transient combustor issues. Similarly, combustion instabilities are a time-harmonic unsteady combustor issue where the unsteady heat release excites natural acoustic modes of the combustion chamber.

New Developments in Combustion Technology

Lecturer: Dr. George A. Richards, NETL, DOE
Course Length: 6 hours (Mon - Tue)

Objective: This course will introduce students to emerging combustion technologies including chemical looping combustion, pressure-gain combustion, and oxy-combustion for magnetohydrodynamic power generation. For each of these technologies, the basic chemistry and physics will be described, along with a presentation of the problems that must be addressed to develop these interesting new ideas.