Students embarking on their studies in chemical, mechanical,
aerospace, energy, and environmental engineering will face
continually changing combustion problems, such as pollution control
and energy efficiency, throughout their careers. Approaching these
challenges requires a deep familiarity with the fundamental theory,
mathematics, and physical concepts of combustion. Based on more
than two decades of teaching experience, Combustion Science and
Engineering lays the necessary groundwork while using an
illustrative, hands-on approach.
Taking a down-to-earth perspective, the book avoids heavy
mathematics in the first seven chapters and in Chapter 17
(pollutants formation and destruction), but considers molecular
concepts and delves into engineering details. It begins with an
outline of thermodynamics; basics of thermochemistry and chemical
equilibrium; descriptions of solid, liquid, and gaseous fuels;
chemical kinetics and mass transfer; and applications of theory to
practical systems. Beginning in chapter 8, the authors provide a
detailed treatment of differential forms of conservation equations;
analyses of fuel combustion including jet combustion and boundary
layer problems; ignition; flame propagation; interactive and group
combustion; pollutant formation and control; and turbulent
In addition, this textbook includes abundant examples,
illustrations, and exercises, as well as spreadsheet software in
combustion available for download. This software allows students to
work out the examples found in the text. Combustion Science and
Engineering imparts the skills and foundational knowledge necessary
for students to successfully approach and solve new problems.
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