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SIK202 Fire and Combustion

Course description for academic year 2021/2022

Contents and structure

Fire and combustion is a two parts subject composed by fire laboratory and combustion theory. The main goal of this subject is to provide the foundations of combustion science, introducing the main the main concepts and principles of combustion, as well as possible technological applications.

With the combination of theory and laboratory practices, the students will learn the basic theory that characterises any combustion process at the same time that they experiment with the behaviour of flames, getting both competences while they can link what they read in the books with what they can find in the real world.

Learning Outcome


The student

  • Can discuss the global utilization of fuels.
  • Can explain the kinetics involved in the combustion process.
  • Can apply the theory of heat and mass transfer during the combustion process.
  • Has knowledge of the differences between types of flames and can calculate their behaviour.
  • Can explain the emissions generated during a combustion process.
  • Can analyse and explain how combustion engines work.


The student can

  • Determine the kinetics of a combustion process, calculating parameters as the sufficient oxygen for combustion and the gases emitted during the process.
  • Determine the heat transfer coefficients associated with the combustion of different fuels.
  • Determine flame¿s characteristics as flame height or heat emitted.
  • Develop experimental works related with the theoretical knowledge that they have learn in the previous lectures.

General qualification:

The student

  • Can present the specialized knowledge, laboratory and measuring reports.
  • Can use computer tools to perform calculations and present the results.
  • Can reflect over his work in a team and schedule tasks.
  • Can identify solutions in his field and contribute to discussion related to impact and significance of the solution.

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge


Teaching methods

Lectures and lab sessions

Compulsory learning activities

Compulsory attendance to at least 80% of the lab sessions.


Part 1: Portfolio, accounts for 50 % of the final grade. 

Part 2: Written exam, 3 hours, accounts for 50 % of the final grade.


Grade:  A - E / passed;  F / failed.

Both parts must be passed.

Examination support material

Simple calculator: Allowed calculator is Casio fx-82 (all varieties: ES, ES Plus, EX, Solar etc.)

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