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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2020/2021
Scuola Scuola di Ingegneria Industriale e dell'Informazione
Docente Galfetti Luciano
Cfu 8.00 Tipo insegnamento Monodisciplinare
Didattica innovativa L'insegnamento prevede  2.0  CFU erogati con Didattica Innovativa come segue:
  • Blended Learning & Flipped Classroom

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Insegnamento

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

The main educational objective of the course is to give students the necessary skills for understanding and managing the combustion processes in the field of thermochemical propulsion, both in aeronautical and space applications. The contents are divided into theoretical modules, aimed at understanding the physico-chemical aspects characterizing the combustion processes, and in application modules, in which the design aspects related to combustion processes are addressed.
In addition, the course aims to:
- promote the ability to work in groups, with a systemic approach, empowering individual members in view of a common goal;
- stimulate the ability to plan and to prepare an effective technical report by discussing the achieved results providing a critical analysis.

The teaching proposes a mix of innovative teaching methods based on the concepts of flipped or blended class in view of a peer-to-peer learning.

Innovative activities will be introduced with reference to part II of the official teaching program (Part II: Combustion processes in propulsion systems). The flipped activities will be based both on the independent deepening of subjects proposed by the teacher, or on a research and an autonomous elaboration, carried out in groups consisting of a maximum of ten students. This first phase will be followed by a reversed role phase, in which each group will present the result of its work to the rest of the class and to the teacher, and a discussion phase in which the topics presented will be discussed collegially, in order to activate a peer-to-peer learning mode. The role of the teacher will be that of activating the discussion and not that of proposer of possible answers, which will instead have to be formulated by the students, with a possible corrective contribution of the teacher.

The blended activities will instead be developed on material made available by the teacher on specific topics that will involve the work of the individual groups; these activities will be integrated with those flipped, merging into the peer-to-peer learning phase.

The teaching activities developed using the traditional frontal teaching give the basic knowledge on which the activities of the groups are grafted. They will be organized through classic lectures and exercise activities. 

Risultati di apprendimento attesi

The expected outcome is the knowledge of theoretical aspects of combustion processes and the ability to use them for a preliminary sizing of propulsion systems.

Argomenti trattati

Part I - Combustion theory
1.1 Phenomenological introduction to combustion processes
1.2 Fundamentals of chemical thermodynamics
1.3 Fundamentals of chemical kinetics in combustion processes
1.4 Governing equations for multicomponent reacting systems
1.5 Laminar premixed and diffusion flames
1.6 Turbulent premixed and diffusion flames
1.7 Ignition and extinction phenomena
1.8 Two-phase flow combustion: droplet and spray combustion
1.9 Reacting boundary layer
1.10 Supersonic combustion and detonation
1.11 Fuels and propellants
1.12 Environmental impact of combustion processes

Parte II - Combustion processes in propulsion systems
2.13 Outline and peculiarities of thermochemical propulsion systems
2.14 Combustion in reciprocating internal combustion engines
2.15 Combustion in air-breathing engines
2.16 Combustion in rockets

Parte III - Energetic materials and diagnostic techniques
3.17 Combustion of energetic nano-materials for aerospace propulsion
3.18 Advanced diagnostic techniques in combustion research activities


The prerequisites concern basic knowledge of chemistry, at the level traditionally offered in the courses of the first years of engineering, knowledge of technical physics and aerospace propulsion.

Modalità di valutazione

The evaluation is based on:

- a written report on the project activity developed in the group, which is required to be presented before the oral exam, according to a template distributed to each group;

- a written and oral test at the end of the course, related to the course contents.


Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaS.R. Turns, An Introduction to Combustion. Concepts and Applications, Editore: Mc Graw Hill, Anno edizione: 2012
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaB. Lewis and G. von Elbe, Combustion, Flames and Explosions of Gases, Editore: Academic Press, Anno edizione: 1961
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaI. Glassman, Combustion, Editore: Academic Press, Anno edizione: 1977
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaK.K. Kuo, Principles of Combustion, Editore: John Wiley & Sons, Anno edizione: 1986
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaR. Borghi and M. Destriau, Combustion and Flames, Editore: Editions Technip, Anno edizione: 1998
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaJ.A. Barnard and J.N. Bradley, Flame and Combustion, Editore: Chapman and Hall, Anno edizione: 1985
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaT. Someya, Advanced Combustion Science, Editore: Springer Verlag, Anno edizione: 1993
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaF.A. Williams, Combustion Theory, Editore: The Benjamin/Cummings Pub. Company, Anno edizione: 1985
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaYa.B. Zeldovich, G.I. Barenblatt, V.B. Librovich, G.M. Makhviladze, The Mathematical Theory of Combustion and Explosions, Editore: Consultants Bureau, Anno edizione: 1985
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaG.C. Oates, Aircraft Propulsion Systems Technology and Design, Editore: AIAA Education Series, Anno edizione: 1989

(for Part II of the course)

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaT.A. Ward, Aerospace Propulsion Systems, Editore: John Wiley & Sons, Anno edizione: 2010

(for Part II of the course)

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaJ.D. Mattingly, W.H. Heiser and D.T. Pratt, Aircraft Engine Design, Editore: AIAA Education Series, Anno edizione: 2002

(for Part II of the course)

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaS.N.B. Murthy and E.T. Curran, High-Speed Flight Propulsion Systems, Editore: AIAA, Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics, Vol. 137, Anno edizione: 1991

(for Part II of the course)

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaM.D. Griffin and J.R. French, Space Vehicle Design, Editore: AIAA Education Series, second edition, Anno edizione: 2004

(for Part II of the course)

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaG.P. Sutton and O.Blizard, Rocket propulsion Elements, Editore: John Wiley & Sons, seventh edition, Anno edizione: 2001

(for Part II of the course)

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaS.D. Heister, W.E. Anderson, T.L. Pourpoint and R.J. Cassady, Rocket Propulsion, Editore: Cambridge University Press, Anno edizione: 2019

(for Part II of the course)

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaZ.G. Wang, Internal Combustion Processes of Liquid Rocket Engines, Editore: Wiley, Anno edizione: 2016

(for Part II of the course)

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaG. Boarman and K.W. Ragland, Combustion Engineering, Editore: McGraw-Hill, Anno edizione: 1998

(for Part II of the course)

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaA.H. Lefebvre, Gas Turbine Combustion, Editore: Hemisphere Publishing Corporation, Anno edizione: 1983

(for Part II of the course)

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaQ.L. Yan, G.Q. He, P.J. Lin, M. Gozin, Nanomaterials in Rocket Propulsion Systems, Editore: Elsevier, Anno edizione: 2019

(for Part III of the course)

Forme didattiche
Tipo Forma Didattica Ore di attività svolte in aula
Ore di studio autonome
Laboratorio Informatico
Laboratorio Sperimentale
Laboratorio Di Progetto
Totale 80:00 120:00

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