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MMS030 - Combustion Modeling  
Förbränningsmodellering
 
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-21 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPAUT
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Energy and Environmental Systems and Technology, Chemical Engineering with Engineering Physics, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Department: 30 - MECHANICS AND MARITIME SCIENCES


Teaching language: English
Application code: 06117
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: B

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0118 Design exercise + laboratory 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c    
0218 Examination 2,5 c Grading: TH   2,5 c   28 Oct 2019 am M   07 Jan 2020 pm M   19 Aug 2020 pm J

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MPAUT AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (elective)
MPAUT AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)
MPISC INNOVATIVE AND SUSTAINABLE CHEMICAL ENGINEERING, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (elective)
MPSES SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (elective)

Examiner:

Michael Oevermann

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Eligibility:


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

The student should have a good knowledge of CFD including work experience with CFD software (e.g. KKR072 - Computational fluid dynamics for engineers (CFD), or MTF072 - Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)).
A reasonable background in fluid mechanics (e.g. MTF052 - Fluid mechanics) and thermodynamics (e.g. MTF042 - Thermodynamics and energy technology) is required.

Aim

Combustion is certainly one of the most important technologies for our society. Energy supply, heating and transportation largely depend on combustion of fossil fuels and that is changing only slowly. However, the negative impacts of combustion processes related to climate change, global warming and pollutants make an efficient utilization of combustion mandatory. The purpose of the course is to provide the students with a comprehensive knowledge of combustion and combustion modeling. We put a strong emphasis on the underlying chemical and physical fundamentals which are key to understand technical combustion processes. Furthermore, the students will acquire a working knowledge of solving typical combustion problems relevant to, e.g. engines and gas turbines, with the chemistry software Cantera and the commercial CFD package Fluent.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • Solve simple combustion problems by using the physical and chemical fundamentals of combustion processes (i.e. to solve standard textbook exercises).
  • Explain the different types and modes of combustion (premixed, non-premixed) with their characteristic features and where and why they are used in combustion devices such as engines and turbines.
  • Describe the formation processes for the most relevant pollutants from combustion processes and derive strategies to minimize pollutant emissions.
  • Use chemistry software such as Cantera to solve simple 0/1-d combustion problems such as perfectly stirred reactors, flamelets, premixed and non-premixed flame structures, etc.
  • Explain standard turbulent combustion models and their limitations which are implemented in commercial CFD software packages.

Content

  • Thermodynamics of combustion processes (first and second law, chemical equilibrium, law of mass action)
  • Chemical kinetics (global and elementary reactions, chain-branching reactions, reaction mechanism)
  • Summary of turbulence modeling as required for turbulent combustion modeling
  • Non-premixed combustion (laminar and turbulent)
  • Premixed combustion (laminar and turbulent)
  • Pollutant formation and strategies to handle/minimize pollutants from combustion processes

Organisation

The course will be organized as follows: There will be an intensive lecture period (block course) during the first two study weeks with 14 lectures in total. In addition there will be classroom exercises (2h) and computer laboratory exercise (4h) during the remaining time of the study period. There are 2-3 graded homework programming assignments using Python programming language (a short introduction will be provided at the beginning of the course) and the (free) Cantera chemistry software.

Literature

The course doesn't follow a single textbook. In addition to the detailed lecture slides I recommend:
  1. S. Turns: An Introduction to Combustion, McGraw Hill, ISBN-10: 0073380199
  2. K. Kuo: Principles of combustion, Wiley, ISBN-10:
    0471046892

Examination including compulsory elements

Upon completion of the course 7.5 credit points (CP) will be granted. These points are divided into two elements:
  1. Written/oral exam, 2.5 credit points, requires to pass the final exam at the end of the course
  2. Homework assignments, 5 credit points, requires to pass all homework assignments in time and with sufficient quality. All assignments will be graded individually

The final grade of the course will be a weighted average (based on the distribution of credits) of the final exam and the grades you got for your homework assignments (i.e. final grade = 1/3 x exam grade + 2/3 x homework assignments grade).

Depending on the number of participants the final exam will be either a 1.5h written exam or a 45min oral exam if there are less than ten participants. 



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