Advanced Combustion (MECH5265)


This UoS aims to teach the basic principles of combustion highlighting the role of chemical kinetics, fluid mechanics, and molecular transport in determining the structure of flames. Students will become familiar with laminar and turbulent combustion of gaseous and liquid fuels including the formation of pollutants. They will also be briefly introduced to various applications such as internal combustion engines, gas turbines, furnaces and fires.
This UoS will cover equilibrium compositions, flammability limits, simple chemically reacting systems, detailed chemical kinetics, and the basic theory underlying laminar and turbulent combustion for both premixed and non-premixed cases. There will be an introduction to droplet combustion, the concept of mixture fraction for non-premixed flames, combustion in engines and gas turbines as well as the formation of pollutants. Fire ignition, growth and spread will also be covered with respect to safety in buildings including the hazards related to the formation of smoke and toxic products.

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Lecture 2 hrs/week; Tutorial 1 hr/week.


Through semester assessment (60%) Final Exam (40%)

Faculty/department permission required?


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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(MECH3260 AND MECH3261) OR MECH5262 OR MECH9260, (MECH3260 AND MECH3261) OR MECH5262 OR MECH9260, (MECH3260 AND MECH3261) OR MECH5262 OR MECH9260

Students are expected to be familiar with the basic laws of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer.

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.