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Fundamentals of Combustion for Environmental Applications - Part 1 of 2

Walter R. Niessen, PE, BCEE

Workers in environmental engineering, as design engineers, operators, permitting agency staff, consultants etc. will benefit greatly from a basic understanding of the fundamental laws, relationships, and calculation methods that characterize the behavior of combustion systems. This course provides such a capability, introduces the concept of “wastes as fuels” and gives the diligent student the tools to perform heat and material balances and to understand and to do equilibrium and kinetics calculations. The power of this “basic toolkit” should not be discounted as, with these skills, the important system characteristics of temperatures, flow rates and pollutant generation can be calculated . . . and with confidence.

Combustion is an important process alternative throughout the environmental field. Incinerators (where the feed is burned to completion) are common for solid wastes (domestic, commercial, industrial and medical) and sewage sludge (biosolids), gases (fume incinerators for VOC or odor control), and liquids (a range of thermal oxidizers, incinerators for salt brines etc.) and many hazardous materials. The products of partial oxidation or “gasification” technologies can be used directly (as a synthesis gas) or oxidation can be completed in a second stage. Beyond these environmental applications, combustion theory is also applicable to a range of more prosaic applications: boilers, steam systems, industrial burners and the like.

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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