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CAPE5401M Combustion Theory and Design

15 creditsClass Size: 80

Module manager: Dr R Crook
Email: r.crook@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is mutually exclusive with

CAPE3401Combustion Theory and Design

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module provides students with fundamental knowledge of fuel and combustion processes relevant to process engineering, transport and the power generation industry. The syllabus covers combustion of gas, liquid and solid fuels and the principles of design and operation of industrial burners. The module will be assessed through MCQ and course assignments.

Objectives

This module introduces the fundamentals of combustion, combustion process control, and fire and explosion prevention. It will focus on the applications of combustion in industrial processes, transportation and power generation.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should:
- have a general knowledge of major combustion processes for energy production;
- have understood the basic combustion chemistry and be able to calculate flame temperatures;
- have the ability to assess and control flammability, fire and explosions;
- have understood the principles of combustion process design for high thermal efficiency and low pollutant emissions.

Skills outcomes
The module provides students with fundamental knowledge of fuel and combustion processes used in process engineering, transport and the power generation industry.


Syllabus

- Introduction to combustion - the combustion triangle, fuel and oxidizer, combustion stoichiometry, lean/rich combustion, flammability limits.
- Combustion chemistry - reaction kinetics, chemical equilibrium, heating values, flame temperature.
- Flames - premixed flame, laminar burning velocities and flame speeds, flame stability, quench distance, diffusion flame, laminar and turbulent flames.
- Flammability and explosions - minimum ignition energy, auto-ignition and engine knock, auto-ignition temperatures, flash point, explosion protection.
- Future thermal power stations - gas, liquid and solid fuel combustion, rich/lean burner operation, low carbon systems.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture112.0022.00
Tutorial22.004.00
Independent online learning hours5.00
Private study hours119.00
Total Contact hours26.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Private study:
Students are expected to study in their own time for at least 3 hours for every hour of lecture material on average in order to fully understand the lecture material. Over 70 hours of the private time are expected to be spent on course assignments.

Independent learning:
Students are expected to spend about 0.5 hour for every hour of lecture on the VLE to review the lecture material and answer MCQ.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

10 sets of VLE MCQ, to be completed one for every two-hour lectures.
3 tutorial assignments to be completed over the semester.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentTutorial assignment 115.00
In-course MCQ10 MCQs on VLE0.00
AssignmentTutorial assignment 215.00
AssignmentTutorial assignment 30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 30/04/2019

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