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This course will be of particular interest to engineers employed in the heat and power generation, energy, and process industries.
Cranfield University, College Road, Cranfield, MK43 0AL, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

An advanced introduction to the fundamentals of operation and characteristics of combustion systems, and their application to modelling and design of energy-efficient furnaces and boilers. The course will be of particular interest to engineers employed in the heat and power generation, energy, and process industries.

Course Objectives; on completion of the course, you will learn to:

  • Evaluate combustion processes based on a comprehensive understanding of the governing principle laws and appraise various fuels and their characteristics.
  • Analyse the performance of various combustion systems, and evaluate techniques to reduce the formation and emission of pollutants in stationary and mobile combustion systems.
  • Assess the operation of furnaces and boilers based on a fundamental understanding of the governing laws, and debate issues influencing the design/selection of furnaces and boilers and future trends.
  • Design energy-efficient furnaces and boilers based on successful application of heat transfer and combustion modelling.

Course Topics

  • Combustion and Fuels
  • Thermodynamic Analysis of Combustion Processes: Basic reaction chemistry. Chemistry of combustion. Energy of combustion. Heat of formation. Adiabatic flame temperature. Dissociation and chemical equilibrium. Rate of reaction.
  • Fuels: Types of solid, liquid, and gaseous fuels. Chemical composition and characteristics. Production processes.
  • Combustion Systems: Basic principles (combustion regimes, speed of flame, ignition conditions, and more). Combustion of gaseous fuels (pre-mixed flames, diffusion flames). Combustion of liquid fuels (burning of a liquid droplet). Combustion of solid fuels (charcoal, particulates). Emission of pollutants from combustion systems: Formation mechanisms of pollutants. Controlling factors. Abatement technologies. Environmental effects of pollutants.
  • Furnaces and Boilers
  • Open-flame Furnaces: Furnace types and classification. Aerodynamic and heat transfer in furnaces.
  • Mathematical Modelling of Furnace Performance: The single gas zone model. The "long" furnace and other multi zone models. Validation of furnace models.
  • Efficient Furnace Operation: Effect of operating variables. Reduction of furnace wall losses. Temperature control in industrial furnaces. Oxygen enrichment in combustion processes.
  • Industrial Boilers: Sectional, shell and water tube boilers. Design features of shell boilers. Boiler water treatment and conditioning. Gas side corrosion and fouling problems. Oil and gas firing of boilers. Coal firing. Wastes as boiler fuels. Boiler efficiency and part load operation. Condensing boilers. Waste heat recovery from furnaces.
  • Environmental Aspects: Smoke formation and control. Control of other particulate emissions. Overall collection and grade efficiencies. NOx formation and control. Industrial chimney design.

Course Delivery

A five-day course of lectures, featuring practical examples and detailed case-studies. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.

Who should attend?

This course will be of particular interest to engineers employed in the heat and power generation, energy, and process industries.

*PLEASE NOTE: Course dates provided are provisional and may change. Definitive dates will be provided upon registration.

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