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3 Combustion Physics

Part 1. Fundamentals and Safety

  1. Alexey Burluka

Published Online: 15 JUL 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9783527628148.hoc003

Handbook of Combustion

Handbook of Combustion

How to Cite

Burluka, A. 2010. Combustion Physics. Handbook of Combustion. 1:3:53–83.

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  1. The University of Leeds, School of Mechanical Engineering, Leeds, United Kingdom

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2010


Combustion is a multidisciplinary phenomenon often involving complicated chemical, physical, mathematical, environmental, economical, and social factors. It is by far the largest means of the energy conversion, and well in excess of 90% of the world's energy needs are satisfied by devices and processes employing some combustion regime. Examples of combustion range from an open campfire somewhere in a remote tropical jungle to the intense flames in Voulcain rocket engine of the Ariane-5 launcher consuming several hundreds of kilograms of hydrogen and oxygen every second. Despite the large variety in its manifestations, combustion involves relatively few physical factors; more often than not, it is the physical aspects of combustion that determine the feasibility of a given energy conversion device. The aim of this chapter is to provide some basic information and guidance where further information may be found about physics of combustion.


  • Combustion thermodynamics;
  • molecular transport;
  • averaging procedure;
  • rate of combustion;
  • entropy