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Unit Overview


This unit introduces the candidates to the field of combustion science and technology—including basic chemistry and physics of combustion; fuels: processing, properties, conversion and handling; practical combustion systems: combustion of solid and liquid fuels, combustion of gaseous fuels; fires and explosion hazards; and emission-control technologies. Topics include chemical composition and chemistry of low- and zero-carbon fuels, physico-chemical properties and combustion phenomena of solid, liquid and gaseous fuels, ignition and flame stabilisation, flame detection, monitoring and control, practical applications of fuel and combustion technologies, combustion-generated pollutants and control.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) write concise technical reports; (2) write cohesive reports with several authors; (3) work effectively in teams; (4) source and evaluate relevant technical literature; (5) master physico-chemical properties of low- and zero-carbon renewable fuels and their selection and use basic combustion calculations; (6) explain common combustion technologies for practical applications; (7) select and use common flame detection, monitoring and control techniques; (8) describe pollutant formation mechanisms during fuel combustion and emission control strategies; (9) develop strategies for dealing with open-ended problems; and (10) develop strategies for dealing with large multicomponent projects.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial assignments; (2) laboratory practical report and presentation; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Dongke Zhang
Unit rules
Enrolment in
62550 Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical Engineering specialisation
or Mechanical Engineering specialisation)
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and Successful completion of
120 Points
and Successful completion of
( CHPR2006 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
or ENSC3006 Chemical Process Thermodynamics
or MECH3024 Engineering Thermodynamics
or Enrolment in
62520 Master of Low Emission Energy Technologies
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