Division of Fluid Mechanics

Faculty of Engineering, LTH

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Turbulent Combustion (MVKN85 & MVK045F)

Course given in spring term (VT, January - March)

Aims of the course

Turbulent combustion occurs in nature and engineering applications. Combustion of fuels provides most of the energy that we need, from home heating to aircraft thrust. Combustion by-products, such as NOx, SOx, CO, or unburned hydrocarbons and particles are harmful to human beings. Combustion is often related to fluid flow that is turbulent. It is crucially important for a student in engineering science to study turbulent combustion in order to solve the practical energy related processes that he or she is going to confront in the future. The LTH-course (ref. code MVKN85 for undergraduate students and MVK045F for Ph.D. students), turbulent combustion, is aimed at leading the student to understanding the basic processes found in turbulent reacting flows, developing the competence to solve practical turbulent combustion problems found in engineering.

Content of the course

The course has the following content.

  • Introduction to thermo-chemistry, chemical kinetics and transport phenomenon
  • Non-premixed flames
  • Premixed flames
  • Partially premixed flames
  • Modeling of turbulent combustion

In-depth reading material for the Ph.D. students

  • DNS/LES of turbulent combustion
  • Theory and modeling of turbulent combustion

The course will be given in about 18-20 lectures, in addition to project works.

Text Book, Credit, Home works and Examination

Text Book, Credit, Home works and Examination

The course will mainly follow the book An Introduction to Combustion by Stephen R Turns. In addition the following materials may be helpful:

  • Irvin Glassman, Combustion, 3rd Edition, Academic Press, 1996, Chap.4, 6.
  • Kenneth K Kuo, Principles of Combustion, John Wiley & Sons, 1986, Chap. 7.
  • N. Peters, Turbulent Combustion, Cambridge University Press,, 2000.
  • X.S. Bai, Turbulent Combustion, Lecture Notes, 2018

Four home works will be assigned. The course is 7.5 points for both undergraduate students and and Ph.D. students. For Ph.D. students, additional in-depth reading materials will also be given. To obtain the credits, the students have to hand in home works and pass a final written examination.

Schedules / Lecture rooms

A course plan for term VT20, click here: tcguide_MVKN85.pdf (for undergraduate student)

A course plan for term VT20, click here: tcguide_MVK045F.pdf (for PhD student)


  • Xue-Song Bai (XSB, tel. 222 4860)
  • Michael Bertsch (MB, tel. 222 6150)

Course information

 For further information please contact Xue-Song Bai,, Tel. 2224860, or Michael Bertsch, Tel. 046-2226150,