ENGRMAE 110 Combustion and Fuel Cell Systems (2015-2016)

ENGRMAE 110 Combustion and Fuel Cell Systems

(Not required for any major. Selected Elective for ChE, EnE and ME.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRMAE 110 Combustion and Fuel Cell Systems (Credit Units: 4) Fundamentals of gaseous, liquid, and coal-fired combustion and fuel cell systems. Fuels, fuel-air mixing, aerodynamics, and combustion and fuel cell thermodynamics. Operating and design aspects of practical systems including engines, power generators, boilers, furnaces, and incinerators. Prerequisite: MAE115. Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 2)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0072350449.

Recommended Textbook:
  • Samuelsen, G.S. The Combustion Aspects of Air Pollution in Advances in Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 5, John Wiley, 1975.
  • Periodic assignments of articles from the current literature.
  • Cengel and Boles. Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach, 4th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2002.
  • Combustion and Fuels, Chapter 15, ASHRAE 1985 Fundamentals Handbook, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers.
  • Fuel Cell Handbook, 5th Edition, EG&G Services, Parsons, Inc. and Science Applications International Corp., Under U.S. Department of Energy Contract No. ED-AM26-99FT40575, October, 2000. Provided to each student in PDF format.
  • Kanury, A.M. Introduction to Combustion Phenomena, Gordon and Breach Science Publisher, 1975.
  • Strehlow, R.A. Combustion Fundamentals, McGraw-Hill, 1984.
G. Scott Samuelsen
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Understand Combustion and fuel cell processes in practical systems.

2. Understand the current challenges in terms of fuel quality, pollutant emission, and higher performance, and the design of next generation combustion and fuel cell systems.

Prerequisites by Topic

Applied Engineering Thermodynamics

Lecture Topics:
  • Introduction to Combustion and Fuel Cells
  • Energy and Environmental Issues
  • Combustion Literature
  • Thermodynamic Principles
  • Fuels
  • Anatomy of Combustion and Fuel Cells
  • Combustion and Electro Chemistry
  • Emissions and Air Quality Impacts
  • Emissions Reduction Strategies
  • Practical Combustion Technologies
  • Intermittent Combustion Systems
  • Continuous Combustion Systems
  • Practical Fuel Cell Technology
  • Comparison to Combustion Systems
  • Fuel Cell System Components
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Computers used for chemical equilibrium analysis, (STANJAN) and photochemical chemistry (OZIPR).

Laboratory Projects:
Professional Component

Contributes toward the Mechanical Engineering Major design experience. Contributes toward the Aerospace Engineering Major design experience.

Design Content Description

Over the period of the academic term, students are asked to prepare, in the role of a consulting engineer, a detailed conceptual design and analyses for a 10MW gas turbine cogeneration unit for the UCI campus Central Plant. The consulting engineer is tasked to determine at a minimum (1) the fuel required [scfm], (2) the concentration of CO2, H2O, O2, and CO at the peak temperature of the cycle [volume %], (3) the emission indices for CO2, H2O, and O2 at 3% excess O2 [kg/kg fuel], and (4) an estimate of the emission of NOx and CO [g/kg fuel]. The report should contain no more than 3 figure pages, no more than ten (10) double-spaced typed narrative pages, and an appendix for your detailed analyses. The first page of the narrative must be an Executive Summary. The second page must be a table of contents. The report must be concluded with a summary, a bullet list of conclusions, and any recommendations. Twenty percent of the lecture corresponds to design.

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Problem Sets: 10%
  • Design Project: 40%
  • Exam 1: 25%
  • Exam 2: 25%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 2.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 2.0 credit units

August 6, 2014
Senate Approved:
April 29, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr