Course detail

Combustion and Fuels

FSI-9PASAcad. year: 2020/2021

Course consist from two main parts. The first part deal with fosil fuels, alternativ fuels (biomass, wastes) fuel composition properties and it's effect on combustion. The second part deail with combustion process, physical chemistry, combustion thermodynamic, chemical equilibrium gas mixture, turbulence and production of NOx, SOx emissions.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The student will acquire knowledge about fuels and the influence of individual properties on the combustion process, emissions of undesirable substances and design of combustion plants. The graduate will gain a deeper insight into the kinetics of combustion reactions and possibilities of influencing the combustion process.


Thermomechanics, heat and mass transfer, sources and transformation of energy, kinetics of chemical reactions


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Borman G.L.,Ragland K.W.: Combustion Engineering. McGraw-Hill
Atkins P.W.: Physical Chemistry. Oxford University Press
Źelkowski J.: Kohleverbrennung. VGB Essen

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

the activity on the consultations is evaluated,
the exam is written and oral.

Language of instruction

Czech, English

Work placements

Not applicable.


Improve knowledge of Ph.D. students in area of physical chemistry, combustion thermodynamics, turbulence and flow and to allow application of these in combustion engineering.

Type of course unit



20 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1-2. Coal, combustion process, gasification, ignition, stability of flame,kinetic and difussion flame
3-4. Combustion technology, grate, pulverized coal and fluid combustion,emissions SOx,NOx
5-6. Combustion termodynamics, first law of thermodynamics, properties of gaseuos mixture, stoichiometry, chemical equilibrium, combustion calculation according to 1st law termodynamics, analysis according to 2nd law termodynamics
7-8. Chemical kinetics of combustion, basic reactions, chain reactions, degasification kinetics, global reactions, NOx production kinetics, reaction on the solid surface, sooth production kinetics
9-10. Flame theory, laminar flame of homogenous mixture, turbulent flame, explosion, ignition, diffusive flame
11-12. Burners for gaseous fuels, liquid fuel droplets production, fuel droplets evaporization, burners for liquid fuels
13. Biomass, properties, alternative fuels, industry and domestic waste, utilization