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Fundamentals of Combustion for Environmental Applications - Part 2 of 2

Walter R. Niessen, PE, BCEE

Combustion is complicated; made so by the inherent complexity of the chemical and physical processes that must be successfully dealt with; by the survival issues arising from the physical and chemical stresses placed on the several components of the system (feeders, burners, enclosures, heat recovery, air pollution control, fans and stack); and by the high performance requirements demanded by the stringent regulatory limits in air permits and the increasingly critical cost requirements for energy efficiency. Part 1 of this course introduced the basic engineering analysis tools of combustion technology. Part 2 focuses on issues coming out of the application of combustion in real systems: the combustion processes themselves and an introduction to the design and operational features of burning systems − furnace fluid flow, heat transfer, waste feeding, enclosures, and heat recovery. Although air pollution control is an increasingly important part of equipment design, selection and cost, that topic will be left to future courses.

This course assumes that the student has satisfactorily passed the course Fundamentals of Combustion Part 1 and has a basic understanding of chemistry and mathematics. It presumes basic engineering analysis perspectives but, through text and examples guides the student an understanding of the key processes and design features of combustion systems. The course includes:
  • The basic processes controlling solid, liquid and gas combustion;
  • The aspects of fluid flow and heat transfer affecting furnaces and furnace operation;
  • Waste/fuel feeding (burner characteristics for solids, liquids and gases; and
  • The combustor components of enclosures (including refractory), fans and stacks and heat recovery.
This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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