Combustion Physics

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content


The course aims understanding of combustion as a physcial phenomena related to safety, energyproduction and enviroment



The course descreibes experimental description of combustion, thermo dynamical foundation, chemical kinetics, flame temperatures, equations and models for mass and energy transport, ignition and quenching, laminar and turbulent combustion in premixed flames and diffusion flames, droplet and dust combustion, creation of pollutants, detonations, modelling of gas explosions and simulation of explosions with the CFD simulator FLACS.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course

the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:



The student

  • Is able to explain phenomena, concepts and theories related to combustion of gases, liquids and particle
  • Is able to descreieb premixed and nonpremixed combustion, with and without turbulence.
  • Is able to discuss how pollutants are formed and can be restricted



The student

  • Is able to calculate the adiabatic flame temperature of a gas mixture
  • Can use transport equatioms to model combustion


General competence

The student

  • Can apply fundamental mathematical models to decreibe combustion

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Basic knowledge of chemical engineering is recommended.
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
PTEK252: 10 ECTS
Access to the Course
Access to the course requires admission to the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Teaching and learning methods

The teaching method is by lectures and exercises

Activity/ 4 hours per week

Activity/ 15 weeks

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Compulsory exercises (6 out of 9).


Compulsory assignments are valid in X subsequent semesters.

Forms of Assessment

The forms of assessment are:

  • Written mid-term exam ,25 % of total grade.

Oral examination (4 hours), 75 % of total grade.

Grading Scale
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Assessment Semester
Autumn semester only.
Reading List
The reading list will be available within July 1st.
Examination Support Material

Basic calculator allowed in accordance with the regulations specified by the Faculty.

Approved calculator models include: Casio fx-82ES PLUS and Casio fx-82EX

Programme Committee
The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality control system at UiB and the department.
Course Coordinator
Contact information for the course coordinator is available at "Mitt UiB", alternatively contact the student advisor.
Course Administrator
The faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and Department of Physics and Technology are administratively responsible for the course.