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Mechanical Engineering (M E)

M E 530 Fundamentals of Combustion (3) Theoretical formulations and methods of solution of engineering problems and physical/chemical processes in various propulsion systems.

M E 530 Fundamentals of Combustion (3)

This course is devoted to the fundamentals of chemically reactive flow systems with application to modern jet, rocket, air-breathing engines, and other power generation systems. Experimental and theoretical foundations of steady-state reactions of homogeneous gas mixtures; application of mass and heat diffusion concepts to premixed and non-premixed gaseous flames, liquid-fuel droplet combustion; detonation waves, deflagration-to-detonation transition processes; ignition of gaseous mixtures. Methods for evaluation of thermal and transport properties of gases and liquids will also be discussed. While there are no prerequisites for M E 531, this course serves as a prerequisite for M E 532 (Turbulent and Two-Phase Combustion).

The course will:
1) help students acquire a better understanding of the fluid flow, heat transfer, and chemical reaction processes in combustion systems by presenting a systematic description of various analyses developed for describing the fundamental processes involved in chemically reacting flow systems;
2) demonstrate the usefulness of basic principles by performing analyses and obtaining solutions for various combustion problems encountered in engineering so that individuals can utilize them to solve "real-world" problems.
3) provide graduate students with the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities to absorb new materials and to present project results to the class.

It is anticipated that, upon completion of this course, students will be able to formulate models for simulating ignition and combustion problems in laminar flow conditions, solve certain types of models, and design laboratory experiments for some diagnostic measurements.

Students will be evaluated on the basis of class participation (5%), homework 20%), quizzes (5%), projects (25%), a mid-semester examination (20%) and a final examination (25%).

M E 531 will be offered each spring with an anticipated enrollment of 12 students; M E 532 will be offered each fall with an anticipated enrollment of 12.


General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2007

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

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