Thermics and Combustion

Lecturer(s): Mathieu CREYSSELS, Andrea MAFFIOLI, Mikhail GOROKHOVSKI
Course ⋅ 20 hTC ⋅ 18 hPW ⋅ 10 h


Describe and quantify energy transfer phenomena, in particular heat transfer, which are essential both for energy production (turbines, engines, turbojets) and for limiting energy consumption for more sustainable development (more efficient engines and low energy or positive energy buildings). The course provides essential knowledge and skills for industrial or environmental applications involving thermal phenomena such as: energy exchange in a quiet environment, fires, explosions, burners, engines or jet engines.

Palabras clave

Energy, heat transfer, convection, radiation, heat exchangers, combustion, flames, engines, more sustainable development


Heat transfer :

  1. Description of heat transfer modes (conduction / natural, forced and mixed convection / radiation)
  2. Formulation of the coupled dynamic and thermal equations.
  3. Heat transfer coefficients and dimensionless numbers.
  4. Conductive heat transfer in stationary and non-stationary regime.
  5. Forced convection in laminar and turbulent regime.
  6. Heat exchangers. Calculation of thermal efficiencies.

Combustion :

  1. Thermodynamics of combustion.
  2. Combustion in homogeneous systems, definition of thermal explosion.

Learning Outcomes

  • Know the different modes of heat transfer (conduction, convection, radiation).
  • Describe the phenomenon of combustion and the physics of flames.
  • Know how to estimate and calculate heat transfer numerically (using Matlab or Python tools).
  • Use the Fluent simulation tool to numerically model a heat transfer flow.


Final mark = 50 % Knowledge + 50 % Know-how Knowledge mark = 100 % final exam Know-how mark = 100 % continuous assessment