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Fundamentals Of Combustion (Part 1)


This is an introductory course on Fundamentals of Combustion. The objective of this course is to impart knowledge on fundamentals of combustion to both UG and PG students. In this course, fundamentals aspects namely thermochemistry, chemical kinetics, transport phenomena including mass transfer required for understanding of intricate combustion  process are to be covered extensively.

UG  and PG Students, engineers from industries in the field of aerospace, mechanical and chemical and fire engineering



PREREQUISITES: Engineering Thermodynamics



Dr. D.P. Mishra is a professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, India where he was instrumental in establishing a combustion laboratory. He currently holds the Indian Oil Golden Jubilee Professional Chair in IIT Kanpur. He  was a Visiting Professor in 2002 at the Tokyo-Denki University, Japan. His areas of research interest include combustion, computational fluid dynamics, atomization, etc. He is the recipient of the Young Scientist Award in 1991 from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India. He was conferred the INSA-JSPS Fellowship in 2002. In recognition of his research, Dr. Mishra received Sir Rajendranath Mookerjee Memorial Award from the Institution of Engineers (India). Dr. Mishra is a recipient of the Samanta Chadrasekhar Award for his contributions to science and technology. For technological contribution for the common people, he has been conferred with the Vikash Prerak Sanman in 2010. Currently he is serving as an Assistant Editor, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Elsevier, USA. Besides this, he also serves as an editorial board member of Journal of the Chinese Institute of Engineers, Taylor & Francis, and International Journal of Turbo and Jet engines. Dr. Mishra has six Indian patents and around 200 research papers in refereed Journals and in conference proceedings to his credit. He has authored a textbook titled “Fundamentals of Combustion”, published by Prentice Hall of India, New Delhi. Two other text books  on “Experimental Combustion” and “Engineering Thermodynamics” have been published by Taylor and Francis, USA and Cengage India Pvt Ltd., New Delhi, respectively. He has published a text book titled as “Gas turbine propulsion” (MV Learning, New Delhi/London). He is also serving as a managing trustee of the International Foundation of Humanistic Education. He is also actively involved in social works in the field of education, natural farming,  etc. He is instrumental in making all India level  group, Awake Mother India which is trying to rejuvenate our Mother land. He is working to revitalize the ancient Indian science and technology. He has published two books, “Glimpses of Ancient Indian Science and Technology”  and “Forays into Ancient Indian Science and Technology”.


Week 1  : Introduction to Combustion
Week 2  : Thermodynamics of combustion
Week 3  : Themochemistry
Week 4  : Chemical Equilubrium keintics
Week 5  : Chemical Kinetics
Week 6  : Types of reactions and Introduction to Physics of combustion
Week 7  : Transport Phenomena
Week 8  : Conservation Equations


•    D. P. Mishra, Fundamentals of Combustion, Prentice Hall of India, New Delhi, 2008.
•    Kuo K.K. “Principles of Combustion” John Wiley and Sons, 2005.
•    Strehlow R  A.,  “Fundamentals of combustion” McGraw Hill Book Company, 1984.
•    Stephen R Turns, “An Introduction to Combustion”, McGraw Hill Book Company, 1996.
  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date and Time of Exams: April 28 (Saturday) and April 29 (Sunday) : Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.


  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 6 out of 8 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.