AME 514, Spring 2017

Applications of Combustion


Paul D. Ronney


Software: Microsoft Office 


  Software: Microsoft Office

Course documents:




(These will be uploaded as needed)

Problem set #1

Problem set #2

Problem set #3

Problem set #4

Problem set #5   Sample white paper


Final exam from 2 years ago


Lecture notes (note:  files from 2015 are posted in advance, but these files will be updated before each lecture)

Lecture 1 files (Introduction, short review of premixed and non-premixed flame fundamentals, Advanced fundamentals I: pollutant formation)

Lecture 2 files (Advanced fundamentals: Combustion theory I)

Lecture 3 files (Advanced fundamentals: Combustion theory II)

Lecture 4 files (Microscale combustion and power generation I:  “Microscale combustion science”:  scaling, heat recirculation)

Lecture 5 files (Microscale combustion and power generation II: MEMS fabrication techniques, catalytic combustion, thermoelectric devices)

Lecture 6 files (Microscale combustion and power generation III: Fuel cells: PEM, solid oxide, microbial; internal combustion engines, gas turbine and rocket propulsion)

Lecture 7 files (Turbulent combustion I:  basics of turbulence, premixed turbulent flames)

Lecture 8 files (Turbulent combustion II: premixed turbulent flames continued)

Lecture 9 files (Turbulent combustion III: non-premixed turbulent flames, edge flames)

Lecture 10 files (Hypersonic propulsion I:  introduction, thrust, compressible flow)

Lecture 11 files (Hypersonic propulsion II:  applications: ramjets/scramjets, pulse detonation engines, plasma-flame interactions)

Lecture 12 files (Hypersonic propulsion III)

Lecture 13 files (Emerging technologies I)

Lecture 14 files (Emerging technologies II)

Lecture 15 files (Emerging technologies III)

Lectures on Microgravity Combustion (not part of course)


Other “useful” links

Excel spreadsheets:

Compressible flow

Hypersonic propulsion

Pulsed Detonation Engines

Website to download GASEQ chemical thermodynamics program for Windows (written by Dr. Chris Morely)

On-line chemical thermodynamics calculator (from Colorado State University)

On-line chemical kinetics calculator (also from Colorado State University)

On-line transport property calculator (also from Colorado State University)

On-line thermodynamic reference data (from National Institute of Standard and Technology)

PDR's tips for successful analysis and research in general

Getting copies of articles cited in the lecture notes (and other related or interesting papers, or even property data, for example thermal diffusivity):

1.     Many of the papers cited in the lecture notes are available in the folders containing the lecture notes themselves.

2.     You can search for them on-line using your favorite search engine, e.g. Google.  Remember, in today’s world search is your friend!

3.     USC subscribes to many on-line journals.  You can access these via

4.     Also, you can search for any imaginable author and subject via the ISI web of knowledge:

But these are paid services that USC subscribes to and so are only available from USC IP addresses.  You can access these services from home, however, you need to access these services through USC’s remote access portal:

5.     Finally, if USC does not have a subscription to a journal that you're looking for, you can ask the USC libraries to find a copy of the article you're looking for in some other library with which USC has a loan agreement.  If they can find the article, they will have the host library scan a copy of it and they will send it to you as a .pdf.  I have found this process to be very efficient; they generally get you the article within a couple of days.


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