This textbook is intended for post-graduate students in mechanical and allied engineering disciplines. It will also be helpful to scientists and engineers working in the areas of combustion to recapitulate the fundamental and generally applied aspects of combustion. This textbook comprehensively covers the fundamental aspects of combustion. It includes physical descriptions of premixed and non-premixed flames. It provides a detailed analysis of the basic ideas and design characteristics of burners for gaseous, liquid and solid fuels. A chapter on alternative renewable fuels has also been included to bring out the need, characteristics and usage of alternative fuels. Review questions have been provided at the end of each chapter which will help the students to evaluate their understanding of the important concepts covered in that chapter. Several standard text books have been cited in the chapters and are listed towards the end, as suggested reading, to enable the readers to refer them when required. The textbook will be useful for students in mechanical, aerospace and related fields of engineering. It will also be a good resource for professionals and researchers working in the areas of combustion technology.
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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. His areas of research include studies on evaporation and combustion of liquid fuel droplets, computational fluid dynamics applied to reacting flows, laminar flames, fire modelling, flame spread and liquid fuel pool combustion, gasification and combustion of coal and biomass. He has graduated 11 PhD and 18 MS scholars and has authored about 118 international peer reviewed journal articles, 60 international conference articles till date. He teaches graduate courses such as Fundamentals of Combustion, Theory of Fire Propagation, Combustion Technology and Applied Thermodynamics at the Department of Mechanical Engineering in IITM.
Introduction.- Review of Combustion Thermodynamics and Kinetics.- Review of Combustion Phenomena.- Burners for Gaseous Fuels.- Burners for Liquid Fuels.- Solid Fuel Systems.- Alternative Fuels.- Numerical Modelling of Laminar Flames.
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