Industrial Burners Handbook 1st Edition, ISBN-13: 978-0849313868

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Industrial Burners Handbook (Industrial Combustion) 1st Edition, ISBN-13: 978-0849313868

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  • Series: Industrial Combustion
  • 808 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 1 edition (October 29, 2003)
  • Author: Charles E. Baukal Jr.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849313864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849313868


This book focuses specifically on industrial burners. This book should be of interest to anyone working in or with the Þeld of industrial combustion. This includes burner designers, researchers, end users, furnace designers, government regulators, and funding agencies. It can also serve as a reference work for those teaching and studying combustion. The book covers a wide range of burner designs used in a broad array of applications in the metals, minerals, incineration, hydrocarbon/ petrochemical, and power generation industries. The authors represent a number of prominent burner suppliers and have hundreds of years of combined experience with industrial burners.

The book is organized in three sections. Section I deals with the basics of combustion in industrial applications. It includes five general chapters on heat transfer, fluid flow, combustion, and computer modeling. These chapters are written from the narrow scope of how they apply to burners. Section II concerns burner fundamentals. It includes five chapters on the topics of burner heat transfer, burner noise, burner controls, burner testing, and burner physical modeling. Section III deals with 11 specific burner designs, including chapters on high-velocity burners, regenerative burners, thermal radiation burners, radiant tube burners, radiant wall burners, natural-draft burners, boiler burners for single-burner applications, boiler burners for multi-burner applications, duct burners, air-oxy/fuel burners, and oxy/fuel burners. There are very few books that consider burners used in industrial applications. Combustion textbooks contain little if anything on practical combustion equipment such as burners.

There are several books that consider industrial burners in differing levels of detail. The North American Combustion Handbook (two volumes: Vol. 1, 3rd edition, 1986; Vol. 2, 3rd edition, 1997; published by North American Manufacturing Co.) has been the industry standard since the 1950s and discusses many aspects of practical combustion systems, including burners. However, it does not go into much detail on burners, nor does it cover the range of burner types that are considered here. Another book that is longer in print, but considers industrial burners, is entitled Combustion Engineering and Gas Utilization (3rd edition, E&FN Spon, 1992, edited by J.R. Conforth, and sponsored by British Gas in the U.K.). It has two detailed and generously illustrated chapters on burners, but specifically focuses on natural gas applications. The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) is comprised of most of the U.S. industrial burner manufacturers. The IHEA publishes a book entitled Combustion Technology Manual (5th edition, IHEA, 1994), which contains several brief chapters on industrial burners.

As with any book of this type, there are some topics that are not covered and some that are not treated extensively. Because the vast majority of industrial applications use gaseous fuels, that is the focus of this book, with limited discussion of liquid fuels and no discussion of solid fuels. This book concerns atmospheric-pressure combustion, which is the predominant type used in industry. There are some burner designs that are not considered, particularly those intended for narrow and limited applications.

As with any book of this type, there are sure to be author preferences and biases, but the coverage is fairly extensive and comprehensive. There are also generous discussions of many common industrial applications to help the reader better understand the requirements for different burner designs. Particularly because of the increasing emphasis on the environment, the design of most industrial burners continues to change and improve to reduce pollutant emissions. While industrial burner design and development is a dynamic area of continuing research, the principles considered here are expected to be applicable well into the foreseeable future.

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