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MEN031 - Combustion engineering
Syllabus adopted 2021-02-26 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPSES
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Energy and Environmental Systems and Technology, Chemical Engineering with Engineering Physics, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Teaching language: English
Application code: 39115
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: C
Maximum participants: 40
Status, available places (updated regularly): Yes

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0197 Examination 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c    

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Martin Seemann

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General entry requirements for Master's level (second cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

English 6 (or by other approved means with the equivalent proficiency level)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

Engineering thermodynamics (including reaction processes), Energy technology, Heat transfer, Fluid mechanics, Numerical methods (including computational skills)


The aim is to introduce the student to combustion as related to energy conversion, i.e. the utilisation of a fuel by combustion in order to generate heat and/or power. The subject is of great importance for an engineer working in the field of thermal engineering, since energy conversion by combustion stands for more than 90 % of the total energy supply in the world.

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

  • Account for the most important fuels, their characteristics and different factors that decide their use.
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of the chemistry associated with combustion, which includes stoichiometry, chemical equilibrium, chemical kinetics, kinetic or diffusion controlled processes and adiabatic combustion temperature.
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of the physics associated with combustion, which includes the conservation equations of total mass, specific species and energy, dimensionless numbers and the influence of turbulence and ways to handle it.
  • Establish and solve a scheme of basic chemical reactors for a given combustion situation.
  • Understand the criteria for ignition and extinction.
  • Understand relevant analytical concepts for basic estimations of relevant properties, and have the capability to use these for analyzing issues related to the conversion of various types of different fuels.
  • Account for the major emissions associated with combustion, their generation and destruction paths and measures to minimize pollutant emissions in different combustion devices.
  • Account for the design of different combustion devices, such as gas turbines, internal combustion engines, boilers and furnaces.
  • Be able to take forward a design prospect for the optimal design of a large-scale furnace given a fuel type, thermal power, design temperature and allowed emission levels.


The course consists of
two parts: t
he first, Combustion science, is related to the combustion process
itself while the second, Combustion devices, is related to its applications.

Combustion science represents
the main part of the course, since it is fundamental for the general
understanding of the design and operation of the various combustion devices existing.
In first place, basic knowledge is given on chemistry, physics and the various
fuels. This is used thereafter in the teaching of combustion phenomena such as
criteria for combustion, combustion of various fuels and generation and
destruction of emissions.

Combustion devices acquaint
the student with the most common techniques and designs in use today for
combustion and give an overview of emerging research technologies. The
knowledge acquired is applied in alignment with the lectures through the calculation
by student of the design of a boiler.


The course comprises four activities:

  • Lectures
  • Exercises on the separate parts of the course
  • Group exercise project on a combustion system
  • A concluding written examination


A compendium in
Combustion Engineering is given to all registered students.

Examination including compulsory elements

Written examination
and passed group assignments

The course examiner may assess individual students in other ways than what is stated above if there are special reasons for doing so, for example if a student has a decision from Chalmers on educational support due to disability.

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