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The Science of Flames

ME 17
3 units
June 26 - August 19, 2017

This course is about what causes flames to look the way they do and about what causes them to propagate. The physical and chemical phenomena that govern behaviors of flames will constitute the topics for discussion. The basic principles that govern flame phenomena include the conservation of mass, the first law of thermodynamics, and the momentum principle. Since flame processes are controlled by the rates of chemical reactions, these basic principles will be applied when account is made for the chemical transformations that occur when reactant bonds are broken and new bonds are formed, producing combustion products. Topics to be discussed during the quarter include flame appearance, flame thermochemistry, reaction stoichiometry, flame stabilization, combustion waves, flame modeling, and pollutant formation in flames. Since global warming may be influenced by the amounts of carbon dioxide produced when flames burn, attention will be given to CO2 sequestration and storage, as well. Final grades will be based on participation in classroom discussions (10%), on performances on class assignments (35%) and on the scores received on the midterm exam (25%) and the final examination (30%).




ME 17 Syllabus - 2016