ERCOFTAC Summer School SIG28

Course on Combustion,Towards Carbon-Neutral Combustion Systems

31st January - 4th February 2022

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), the Netherlands

Organizing committee:

The organizing committee of the proposed course consists ofDr. R.J.M. Bastiaans (TU Eindhoven) and Prof. dr. van J.A. van Oijen (TU Eindhoven).


The proposed international course aims at bringing the participants to the forefront of modern computational and experimental methods for premixed and non-premixed combustion processes. It starts with the provision of basic insight into the underlying physical/chemical principles and mathematical descriptions. In a later stage specific attention is given to carbon neutral energy harvesting, looking at conversion of H2, NH3, methanol, metals, etc., with inclusion of practical applications.

As was the case for previous editions of the course, organised under auspices of the J.M. Burgers Centre and ERCOFTAC, the target audience are PhD students, postdocs and also industrial researchers needing education in experimental and modelling approaches to both laminar and turbulent flames.


The course has a 4-day programme. Starting from the governing equations for chemically reacting flows, state-of-the-art models will be derived for laminar and turbulent flames, by means of which their physical and chemical behaviour will be analysed. Computational issues for modelling these systems numerically will be discussed as well. A further focus is on the use of laser-diagnostic methods, such as LIF, Raman, CARS, and PIV, to measure local species concentrations, temperatures and flow velocities in high-temperature, chemically reacting flow systems. Combustion of liquid and solid fuels will be discussed. Practical applications will be studied for a number of examples, such as IC engines, gas turbines and furnaces. The theory is tested and illustrated with numerical exercises using a code for modelling elementary 1D-flame structures.

An overview of the preliminary course programme is given in the table below. The lectures are given by the members of the organizing committee, complemented by specialists for the various topics, including lecturers from outside the Netherlands. As in previous editions of this course, internationally well-known specialists will be invited to present recent developments in the field. A visit to the labs of the Power and Flow (P&F) group is planned for the second day.


Day 1: Tuesday


Day 2: Wednesday

Laminar & turbulent combustion

Day 3: Thursday

Numerical modelling

Day 4: Friday

Carbon neutral fuels & application

8:45 - 10:30

Governing equations, diffusion, chemistry

Dynamics & control, acoustics

Numerical modelling, turbulent I

Carbon neutral fuels

10:30 - 10:45

Coffee break




10:45 - 12:30

Basic flame structures, emissions

Numerical simulation, laminar (hands on)

Numerical modelling, turbulent II

Furnaces & gas turbines I

12:30 - 13:30






Laser diagnostics

Laser diagnostics



13:30 - 15:15

Fundamentals and basic techniques

Laser velocimetry

Spray combustion

Gas turbines II, IC engines

15:15 - 15:30

Coffee break




Advanced techniques

Recent developments

Solid fuel/biomass

Evaluation & Farewell party



Lab visit

Course dinner



The course will be held at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands. Lunch will be served in the form of a buffet in the central food court of the same building. Welcome/farewell parties can be held at different location on the campus of TU/e, e.g. grand café De Zwarte Doos and the University Club. An evening dinner will be planned in a restaurant in the city centre of Eindhoven.