Fundamentals of Combustion

By Prof. V. Raghavan   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 948
To enable students to apply the knowledge of thermodynamics to combustion. To emphasize the basics of fuels, stoichiometry, chemical kinetics and equilibrium, mass transfer, and different types of combustion process. To explain the mathematics involved in transport processes of a reactive flow, simplifications involved and the parameters affecting different types of combustion processes.

UG, PG, MS and PhD students doing research in Combustion and related areas
INDUSTRIES  SUPPORT     : TATA steels, Thermax, BHEL
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computational Thermo Fluids
  • Propulsion
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1:Fuels and their properties
Week 2:Review of basic thermodynamics of ideal gas mixtures
Week 3: Stoichiometry
Week 4:First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics applied to combustion; Heat, temperature and composition of products in equilibrium
Week 5:Mass transfer basics
Week 6:Fundamentals of combustion kinetics
Week 7: Governing equations for a reacting flow
Week 8:General characteristics of combustion flame and detonation
Week 9:Laminar flame propagation-Flammability limits and quenching of laminar flames-Ignition-Flame stabilization
Week 10:Gas jets and combustion of gaseous fuel jets
Week 11: Turbulent premixed and non-premixed flames
Week 12:Droplet evaporation and combustion
Week 13:Combustion of a carbon particle.

Books and references

1. S. R. Turns, An Introduction to Combustion Concepts and Applications, McGraw Hill, 2010
2. F. A. Williams, Combustion Theory, ABP
3. I. Glassman, Combustion, Academic Press
4. K. Kuo, Principles of Combustion, John Wiley

Instructor bio

Prof. V. Raghavan

IIT Madras
Dr. Vasudevan Raghavan is currently working as Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), India. He obtained his PhD degree from IITM and has carried out his post-doctoral research in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA, microgravity droplet combustion simulations. His areas of research include Computational Fluid Dynamics applied to reacting flows, laminar flames, fire modelling, evaporation and combustion of liquid fuel droplets, flame spread and liquid fuel pool combustion, gasification and combustion of coal and biomass. Prof. Raghavan has graduated 10 PhD students and 18 MS students till July 2020. He has authored about 112 international peer reviewed journal articles, 60 international conference articles and a book on Combustion Technology – Essentials of Flames and Burners, published by ANE Publishers and John Wiley & Sons Ltd., UK, 2016. He teaches graduate courses such as Theory of Fire Propagation, Fundamentals of Combustion, Combustion Technology and Applied Thermodynamics at the Department of Mechanical Engineering in IITM.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; 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. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

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 Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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