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ES4E4 - Fuels and Combustion

  • Module code: ES4E4
  • Module name: Fuels and Combustion
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module will provide engineers with an opportunity to develop their understanding of fuels and combustion technologies. The first part of the course will discuss the fundamentals of fuels; and provide context into the necessity for sustainable development of conventional fuel use and options for alternative fuels and technologies to augment and replace these. The main content of the module will focus on the principles of combustion, covering both theories and basic calculation methods for combustion equations, different flame types and emission index. The module also aims to facilitate understanding of practical combustion systems and their applications including the introduction of renewable fuels in some practical applications.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the properties of different conventional fuels, and describe, compare, and evaluate key fuel properties such as energy density, polluting effect, cost and availability. Analyse the various advantages and disadvantages of each, forming hypotheses on the likelihood of continued usage.
  • Investigate novel and emergent alternatives to fossil fuels, interpreting current fuel trends and evaluating the likelihood of future usage.
  • Appraise the principles of combustion, and critique the following: combustion modes; equilibrium products of combustion; economy-emissions compromises; pollutant compromises; important chemical mechanisms and conservation equations.
  • Evaluate novel combustion technologies and identify the benefits over conventional combustion techniques in: reduced pollutant formation; and lower-temperature combustion.
  • Interpret the effects of accidental release, fire and explosion in the production, storage and utilization of fuels, being able to cite significant incidents; evaluate the practical implications associated with fuel handling of conventional and novel fuels; evaluate relevant codes and legislation such as DSEAR / ATEX and consider implications on fuel use in industry.