Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Fuels and emissions from current and future transportation

Overall Course Objectives

The purpose with the course is to learn the basic combustion related processes that are responsible for the emissions from transport. Emissions from combustion are put into perspective in order to assess the total emissions from current and future transport, taking into account the most realistic future scenarios for future use of fuels and technology. It is an important goal that the students are getting familiar with practical measurements and chemical analysis in relation to combustion of conventional and sustainable fuels.

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate and perspectivate the application of relevant transport fuels and technologies for future transportation
  • Evaluate the relevance of the different tranport associated combustion process emissions in relation to the applied fuel
  • Explain the combustion chemistry
  • Calculate flame temperatures
  • Explain the mechanisms behind emission formation in combustion engines
  • Carry out simple quantitative calculations of emissions from the application of different fuels in combustion engines
  • Explain the working principle in the included measurement principles
  • Carry out measurements of particulate compositions
  • Evaluate the quality of the fuel consumption and emission measurements carried out

Course Content

An introduction to possibilities and barriers for implementation of alternative fuels in transportation will be given. In the course the students are presented to theoretical topics related to combustion and air pollution formation in connection with application of different fuels (conventional, biofuels and electro fuels) and technologies (combustion engines electric motors and fuel cells). These topics are: stoichiometry, combustion reactions, physical chemistry, organic chemistry, determination of calorific value and flame temperature. As a general example the student will be introduced to a vehicle with a combustion engine. The students should solve written problems from this example. An essential part of the course is the practical laboratory work where gaseous emission measurements are demonstrated and carried out. Samples of particulate matter from the vehicle are analyzed in order to determine their composition as well. In this context different separation and detection principles are presented. The following topics are included: gas/liquid and high performance liquid chromatography, open column chromatography and infra red/UV/fluorescence/flame ionization/chemiluminescence detectors.

Recommended prerequisites


Teaching Method

Lectures, problems and exercises in laboratory.

Limited number of seats

Minimum: 5, Maximum: 24.

Please be aware that this course has a minimum requirement for the number of participants needed, in order for it to be held. If these requirements are not met, then the course will not be held. Furthermore, there is a limited number of seats available. If there are too many applicants, a pool will be created for the remainder of the qualified applicants, and they will be selected at random. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether you have been allocated a spot.

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3 weeks


DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 41343
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 23
Semester end Week 26
Days Mon-fri 8:00-17:00

7.500,00 DKK

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