MJ2420 Combustion Theory 6.0 credits


  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Mechanical Engineering
  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

Autumn 18 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

This course is aimed to give deep knowledge about what is happening at combustion for different kind of fuels. After finished course the student should be able to

  • Understand and explain different expressions and parameters that are involved in the theory of combustion
  • Describe a number of definitions and laws
  • Calculate the energy development at combustion of a species
  • Appoint different properties for a chemical reaction, such as equilibrium, flame temperature, etc
  • Set up a number of the chemical reactions that occur in the course
  • Know which models are used to describe combustion of gases, liquids respective solids, and be able to sketch these models
  • Know the difference of different types of flames and what characterizes each type.

Course main content

The course is introduced by a review of different definitions and parameters that are used to describe combustion, ex. stoichiometry, enthalpy of reaction, equilibrium. In connection with these definitions a number of laws are described as support for determine the values of the parameters at a reaction. Furthermore, different types of reactions are brought up and their kinetics. An important aspect is what happens at ignition. Models, that are used to describe combustion of different kinds of fuels, will be analysed as well as different types of flames that occur depending on fuel, air-supply and burner.


4A1112 Applied thermodynamics and
4A1601 Heat Transfer, or equivalent and documented proficiency in English corresponding to English B


Turns, S. R. 1996. An Introduction to Combustion. McGraw-Hill, Singapore. ISBN 0-07-0655316.


  • INLA - Hand in assignment, 1.0, grading scale: P, F
  • INLB - Hand in assignment, 1.0, grading scale: P, F
  • LABA - Laboratory work, 1.0, grading scale: P, F
  • TENA - Examination, 3.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

Lab work 0 cr
Written exam (TEN1; 6 cr)

Offered by

ITM/Energy Technology


Jeevan Jayasuriya (jeevan.jayasuriya@energy.kth.se)


Jeevan Jayasuriya <jeevan.jayasuriya@energy.kth.se>

Supplementary information

In case that too few students sign up for this course, the course will be given to those registered in reduced form, mainly as selfstudies with supporting help.

Replaces 4A1620


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2011.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2019.