Our Mission

To provide the next generation of combustion researchers with comprehensive knowledge in the technical areas of combustion theory, combustion chemistry, and combustion-related experiments, computation, fundamentals and applications.


The 2017 Session

The 2017 session, scheduled for July 16 to July 22, 2017, will offer five courses: 1.Combustion Theory; 2.Combustion Chemistry; 3. Quantitative Laser Diagnostics for Combustion Chemistry and Propulsion; 4. Computational Turbulent Combustion; 5. Combustion of Energetic Materials

Intended Participants

Graduate students, postdocs and faculties in universities; combustion professionals in research organizations; R & D engineers in industries.

Program Dates

Arrival & Welcome Reception: Registration desk will be open on Sunday, July 16, 2017 from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm at Tsinghua University. This will be followed by an orientation and welcome reception in the evening at 6:00 pm.

Class Schedule: Classes will be held daily from Monday, July 17 to Friday, July 21, 2017.

Conference Dinner: A farewell dinner will be held on Thursday evening, July 20, 2017.

Departure: Lodging check out on Saturday, July 22, 2017.

Application Materials

Applications should be made online at www.cce.tsinghua.edu.cn /en/SummerSchool2017 before the deadline of Sunday, April 16, 2017. Admission decisions will be sent by Sunday, April 23, 2017. Admitted applicants should remit their registration fee by Sunday, May 14, 2017 to complete the registration. Late applications may be considered depending on space availability.

Location & Accommodation

The Summer School will be held at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. On-campus dormitory lodging, as well as meal plans covering breakfast, lunch and dinner, are available to all participants. Participants may also make their own arrangements to stay and dine at nearby hotels and restaurants.


Registration: 1,000 RMB for students and 1,500 RMB for all other participants.

Meals: Tsinghua canteen cards will be provided to all participants. The cost of the canteen cards and the conference reception and farewell dinners is included in the registration fee.

Lodging: On-campus accommodation will be arranged by the organizing committee. A nominal cost will be paid by the participant. Please visit the summer school web-site for further information.

Course Descriptions

Morning Sessions (please select one of the following three courses)

Combustion Theory

Lecturer: Professor Heinz Pitsch              RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Course Content: Fundamental knowledge in laminar and turbulent combustion and applications in CFD: laminar premixed and diffusion flame structure, flammability limits, introduction to turbulence, LES, introduction to turbulent combustion and modeling, regimes of premixed combustion, turbulent burning velocities, flamelet concept and its applications for nonpremixed turbulent combustion, CFD and numerical combustion with application to internal combustion engines and gas turbines.

Quantitative Laser Diagnostics for Combustion Chemistry and Propulsion

Lecturer: Professor Ronald K. Hanson          Stanford University, USA

Course Content: Fundamentals of laser absorption and laser-induced fluorescence in gases, including molecular spectroscopy and photophysics. Basics of shock tubes as a primary tool for studying combustion chemistry, including recent advances. Example state-of-the-art applications of species-specific sensing for shock tube kinetics studies, and multi-parameter sensing in different types of propulsion flows and engines.

Combustion of Energetic Materials

Lecturer: Professor Richard A. Yetter           Pennsylvania State University, USA

Course Content: This course will cover fundamentals of energetic materials combustion, the classification of energetic materials, and application examples. The burning behavior, chemistry, and flame structure of solid propellants, as well as the ignition and combustion of particulate metals will be discussed. Applications will include solid composite and hybrid rocket motors and nanoenergetics for micro power and motive force. Future directions including the roles of self assembly and additive manufacturing will be introduced.

Afternoon Sessions (please select one of the following two courses)

Combustion Chemistry

Lecturer: Professor Michael J. Pilling      University of Leeds, UK

Course Content: The aim of this course is to provide students with an understanding of how rate coefficients and products of elementary reactions, of importance in combustion, are determined by experiment and by theory, and how they are incorporated in chemical mechanisms for use in combustion models. The course will cover aspects of experimental techniques, thermodynamics, statistical mechanics and theories of kinetics, including transition state and RRKM theories and master equation models. Some of the elementary reactions involved in hydrogen oxidation, in autoignition chemistry and in soot formation will be discussed in more detail.  

Computational Turbulent Combustion

Lecturer: Professor Thierry Poinsot       Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse, CNRS, France

Course Content: This course will enable engineers and research specialists with a knowledge of fluid mechanics to move to an integrated understanding of numerical combustion especially in the field of unsteady turbulent combustion. It will present basic techniques and recent progress in numerical combustion while establishing important connections with the underlying combustion basics. The course will cover the basic elements required to understand turbulent flames before presenting RANS, LES, and DNS modeling as well as numerical methods adapted to these models. It will include the theoretical basis of turbulent combustion models and explore multiple examples of application: steady turbulent combustion, ignition, quenching, flame-wall interactions, pollutant formation and combustion instabilities in real combustors (gas turbines, rocket engines, piston engines).

Note on Course Selection

The courses on Combustion Theory and Combustion Chemistry are the foundational combustion courses, suggested to be taken by first-timers especially first-year students. The other three are advanced, enrichment courses.

Poster Session

A poster session will be held to enrich the communication among summer school participants. Each applicant can submit one abstract for the poster session, with related recently published or accepted papers by the presenter attached. Space is limited and decision on acceptance will be made by the organizing committee.

Further Inquiries

Direct inquiries on the academic program or the logistics of participation to either the program administrator, Ms. Hong Tian, (86)10-62796768, ccess@tsinghua.edu.cn, or the program co-organizer, Dr. Yang Gao, gaoyang-00@mails.tsinghua.edu.cn.


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