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Pressure Gain Combustion Block Course


This course will provide an introductory overview to the new field of Pressure Gain Combustion (PGC), with a special focus on the cutting edge technology of Rotating Detonation Combustion. Students will gain familiarity with the fundamental concepts underlying PGC and RDC technology as well as the challenges being addressed and the techniques being used to advance these state-of-the-art combustion devices.

4 SWS (6LP), Language: English


  • Fundamentals of deflagration combustion, including key concepts of laminar and turbulent burning velocities and flame propagation mechanisms.
  • Fundamentals of detonation combustion, including key concepts of Rankin-Hugoniot relations, detonation theory, structure, phenomena, and deflagration-to-detonation transition (DDT).
  • Fundamentals of compressible gas dynamics, including key concepts of normal shock relations, supersonic flows, nozzles, and shock wave reflections.
  • Thermodynamics of heat release processes, and differences between constant pressure and pressure gain thermodynamic cycles.
  • Applications and pressure gain combustion devices.
  • Focus on rotating detonation combustion, including key concepts of canonical operation, phenomena, and design.
  • Experimental methods in PGC: measurements of combustion wave speed, pressures, temperatures, thrust, and performance.
  • Future research challenges in PGC and open questions.

Course Structure

2 weeks of online lectures and discussion, with supporting offline videos of theory. Offline videos will be accompanied by short exercises to support demonstrate the core theories.

Review and report of a relevant current research article from the PGC community.

Short experimental campaign (in small groups depending on the necessary COVID-19 safety requirements), with a report analyzing the results of a rotating detonation combustion experiment.


Online lectures and discussion: Daily Aug. 24th through Sept. 4th (M-F), approx. 90 mins/day.

Offline theory lectures (pre-recorded videos): Approximately 10 videos, 90 mins/video.




Myles Bohon, E-Mail: m.bohon@tu-berlin.de

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