Course Details

Subject {L-T-P / C} : CH2410 : Fuels and Combustion {3-0-0 / 3}
Subject Nature : Theory
Coordinator : Prof. Pradip Chowdhury


Solid fuels: Coal origin, Chemical composition, Calorific value, Classifications, Characteristics and Distribution of Indian coals, Coal storage, Coal washing and blending, Petrographic constituents of coal, Carbonization of coal, Manufacture and properties of metallurgical coke, Recovery of byproducts Liquid fuels: Origin and composition of crude oil, distillation of crude oil and properties of gasoline, kerosene and diesel oil, Breaking and rebuilding processes like Cracking, Reforming, Polymerization, Coal tar distillation, Shale oil Gaseous fuels: Natural gas, Coal gas, Coke oven and blast furnace gas, Manufacture of water gas and producer gas, Carbureted water gas Synthetic fuels: Hydrogenation of coal, Fischer-Tropsch synthesis Introduction to nuclear fuels and nuclear reactors Combustion of solid fuels, Calorific values, Adiabatic flame temperatures, Combustion calculations, Gas analysis, Furnace design.

Course Objectives

  1. The basic course objective is to acquaint students with the fundamental properties of solid liquid and gaseous fuels and their industrial applications and designing furnaces for combustion processes.

Course Outcomes

To provide an overview of different fossil fuels and stoichiometric calculations on fuel air mixtures. It would enable students to understand the significance of combustion in various process industries. Additionally, it aims at equipping students to design industrial furnaces and boilers.

Essential Reading

  1. S. Sarkar, Fuels and Combustion, Universities Press , 2009
  2. S.R. Turns, An Introduction to Combustion: Concepts and Applications, McGraw Hill Education , 2012

Supplementary Reading

  1. J. Brame and King, Fuels: Solid, liquid and gaseous fuels, Kessinger Publishing, LLC , 2007
  2. A.I. Levorsen, Geology of Petroleum, CBS , 2004