MECH 558


Catalog Description: This course presents the concepts of chemically reacting systems (flames) along with many practical applications. Topics include chemical equilibrium, chemical kinetics, premixed laminar flames, diffusion flames and environmental issues.


Textbook: An Introduction to Combustion: Concepts and Applications, Stephen R. Turns, Second Edition,


Instructor: Anthony J. Marchese                                     

Office: A103 H Engineering

Lab: Engines and Energy Conversion Lab
Phone: (970) 491-2328

home and objectives
Chemkin 4.1 software from Reaction Design will be used for a variety of applications such as:
  • Chemical equilibrium and adiabatic flame temperature calculations
  • Chemical kinetic modeling
  • Flow reactor and well stirred reactor modeling
  • Laminar flame speed calculations
  • Engine calculations

Chemical Kinetic Mechanisms for H2/O2:

Chemical Kinetic Mechanisms for n-heptane:

Primary Reference Fuel Mechanism (Curran, Pitz Westbrook): prf-chem.inp, prf-therm.dat

Thermal deNOx mechanism: chem.inp, therm.dat

GRIMech 3.0:  chem.inp, therm.dat, tran.dat

Pitz/Marinov Mechanism: chem-marinov.inp, therm-marinov.dat

NIST Chemical Kinetics Model Database

course outline and notes
homework assignments
chemkin 4.1
combustion links
combustion research
rules and grading

Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO 80523 Phone / 970.491.2328
Contact with questions, problems or comments.
2010 Anthony J. Marchese.