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Experimental Combustion

An Introduction, 1st Edition

By D. P. Mishra

CRC Press

390 pages | 156 B/W Illus.

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Fulfilling the need for a classical approach, Experimental Combustion: An Introduction begins with an overview of the key aspects of combustion—including chemical kinetics, premixed flame, diffusion flame, and liquid droplet combustion—followed by a discussion of the general elements of measurement systems and data acquisition and analysis. In addition to these aspects, thermal flow measurements, gas composition measurements, and optical combustion diagnostics are covered extensively.

Building upon this foundation in the fundamentals, the text addresses measurements, instruments, analyses, and diagnostics specific to combustion experiments, as well as:

  • Describes the construction, working principles, application areas, and limitations of the necessary instruments for combustion systems
  • Familiarizes the reader with the procedure for uncertainty analysis in combustion experiments
  • Discusses advanced optical techniques, namely particle image velocimetry (PIV), laser Doppler anemometry (LDA), and planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF) methods

From stoichiometry to smoke meters and statistical analysis, Experimental Combustion: An Introduction provides a solid understanding of the underlying concepts and measurement tools required for the execution and interpretation of practical combustion experiments.


"… other books available in this area do not cover the detailed topics covered here. Energy and combustion is a hot issue. It is expected to be even hotter with more demand in this area as we search for cleaner methods of energy conversion from chemical to thermal energy."

—Ashwani K. Gupta, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

"Providing a collection of measurement techniques that are generally never combined into one book makes this book unusual and valuable for anyone wanting to learn about various methods that could be used to characterize flame combustion or other gaseous combustion events."

IEEE Electrical Insulation, November/December 2016

Table of Contents

Introduction to Combustion

Definition of Fuel/Oxidizer

Kinds of Fuels and Oxidizers


Ideal Gas Mixture

Heats of Formation and Reaction

Adiabatic Flame Temperature

Chemical Kinetics


Premixed Flame

Diffusion Flames

Gaseous Jet Flame

Liquid Droplet Combustion

Elements of Measurement Systems

What Is Measurement?

Fundamentals of Measurement Methods

Elements of Generic Measuring System

Types of Transducers

Basic Requirements of a Transducer

Performance Characteristics of a Measuring Device

Data Acquisition

Data Acquisition System

Signal Conditioning Systems

Signal Filtering System

Sampling and Data Acquisition

A/D and D/A Conversion

Data Storage and Display

Data Analysis

Critical Analysis of Experimental Data

Experimental Error Analysis

Uncertainty in Experimental Data

General Uncertainty Analysis

Statistical Analysis of Data

Data Visualization and Analysis

Graphical Analysis

Regression Analysis

Report Writing

Thermal Flow Measurements

Pressure Measurement

Sound Pressure Level Measurements

Gas Velocity Measurements

Temperature Measurements

Flow Meters


Turbine Flow Meters

Gas Composition Measurements

Quantification of Composition

Sampling Systems

Analytical Methods for Combustion Product Measurement

Luminescence-Based Analyzer

Electrochemical Gas Analyzers

Paramagnetic Oxygen Analyzers

Smoke Meters

Optical Combustion Diagnostics

Types of Light Sources

Laser Lights

Basic Principles of Light Scattering

Flow Visualization

Flame Visualization

Light Refraction in an Inhomogeneous Medium

Schlieren Technique



Laser-Based Optical Velocimetry

Laser Doppler Velocimetry

Particle Image Velocimetry

Planar-Laser-Induced Fluorescence Method

Rayleigh Temperature Measurement

About the Author

Dr. D. P. Mishra is a professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, where he has been instrumental in establishing a combustion laboratory. His areas of research include combustion, computational fluid dynamics, and atomization. He is also an assistant editor for the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Elsevier, USA, and serves as an editorial board member for several other international journals. He has been the recipient of several awards, including the Young Scientist Award, INSA-JSPS Fellowship, Sir Rajendranath Mookerjee Memorial Award, and Samanta Chadrasekhar Award. Dr. Mishra has six Indian patents and more than 178 research papers published in referred journals and conference proceedings. He has authored two textbooks titled Fundamentals of Combustion, published by Prentice Hall of India, and Engineering Thermodynamics, published by Cengage India Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Energy
SCIENCE / Mechanics / Dynamics / Thermodynamics