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, McGraw Hill, 2000.


Instructor: Anthony J. Marchese                                      Download Course Syllabus here

Office: A103 H Engineering

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

home and objectives
Grading Policy
  • Homework and Class Participation (35%). Collaborative in-class quizzes, problems, experiments will be done each week. Homework will be assigned on a periodic basis. Homework assignments will be in the form of problems or short projects.
  • Midterm Exam (30%). A midterm exam will be given approximately half-way through the semester
  • Final Exam (35%). A comprehensive oral final exam will be given during the final exam week.
Attendance Policy and Rules
  • Attendance at each class is required. Class participation is a key component of the course grade. If you cannot make it to class, you must contact me prior to class.
  • Don't be late to class. When students stroll in late, I always lose my train of thought…and then I have to start all over again.
  • Cell phones: off. Text messaging: don't even think about it. (Obviously, if you have some sort of emergency situation where you need to leave your cell phone on, please let me know prior to class.)
  • Bring your calculators to class, since we will work problems in class.
  • Lap tops are allowed for calculation and/or note taking, but surfing the web is forbidden, unless I ask you to visit a URL in support of the lecture.
  • Homework must be done on engineering paper and in engineering problem solving format: known, find, given, schematic diagram, assumptions and analysis. 
  • Homework is due at the beginning of class;  drop it off in front of the class on your way in.  Late homework assignments will not be accepted unless approved ahead of time by the instructor. 
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
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