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Combustion Fundamentals Webinar Series


As the demand for clean and efficient energy production continues to grow, combustion offers the most efficient and clean energy generation opportunities.

Join author and industry expert, Walter R. Niessen, for an advanced 2-session course exploring the fundamental laws, relationships, and calculation methods of combustion systems (e.g., heat and material balances, equilibrium and kinetics calculations, etc.); combustion system component design features, operating characteristics and their impact on performance; and opportunities and challenges in waste-to-energy applications.

In this 2-session live and on-demand course, we’ll cover the following.

  • On-Demand: Combustion Fundamentals, Part I
    In this session we’ll discuss the units and fundamental relationships for mass and energy, the concept of “wastes as fuels”, and explore the special issues in waste characterization for combustion applications. Additionally, we’ll work through heat and material balances, and conclude with the basics of equilibrium and chemical kinetics. With the power of this “basic toolkit”, attendees will be able to calculate system temperatures, flow rates, and pollutant generation with confidence.
  • On-Demand: Combustion Fundamentals, Part II
    In this session we’ll explore the principle combustion system hardware components and processes in solid, liquid, and gas combustion systems, as well as the fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and other aspects impacting system operability, performance, and reliability. Within this discussion we’ll explore the basics of jet flow behavior; conduction, convection, and radiant transfer; key system components; feed systems; materials handling and waste/fuel feeding; enclosures (with an emphasis on refractory); heat recovery (fire tube, water tube, and waste heat configurations); and chimney systems.

This course assumes a basic understanding of chemistry, mathematics, and engineering analysis perspectives, but through text and examples guides the student to an understanding of the processes and interactions of burning systems. All professionals involved in solid waste management and environmental engineering, including design engineers, operators, permitting agency staff, consultants, etc. will benefit from the fundamental laws, relationships, calculation methods, design features, and operating characteristics of combustion systems presented in this course.

Learning Objectives
Attendees can expect the discussion and education of the following learning objectives:

Session I

  • Understanding of basic dimensional units applied in the analysis of combustion systems
  • Understanding of fundamental relationships between mass, mols, energy forms, and temperature
  • Application of combustion engineering analysis principles to waste, boilers, burners, etc.
  • Understanding and use of mass and energy balances to size units, fans, ducts, air pollution control systems,  prepare permit calculations, etc.
  • Understanding of the different kinds of property analyses that are used to characterize fuels and wastes
  • Understanding of how fuel/waste characteristics affect important system behavior and operational parameters
  • Understanding of alternative approaches to estimate fuel/waste heat content
  • Understanding of how to develop estimates of the enthalpy of gas mixtures
  • Understanding of the basics of equilibrium processes that impact on combustion
  • Application of equilibrium theory in the analysis of combustion systems
  • Understanding of the basics of combustion kinetics and mechanisms
  • Application of kinetic principles in the analysis of combustion systems

Session II

  • Understanding of the fundamental relationships describing fluid flow in furnaces with special emphasis on jet behavior, structure, penetration, entrainment, and swirl
  • Understanding of the importance of residence time in the burn-out of pollutants and fuels in furnace flows
  • Introduction to the role of heat transfer in furnace design
  • Introduction to the elements and methods to handle and feed solid wastes
  • Introduction to refractory and refractory enclosures
  • Introduction to heat recovery systems as used in incinerators (both fire and water tube) designs
  • Introduction to stacks


* Presentations are scheduled for approximately one hour with a 15-20 minute question and answer session to follow. Presentation may exceed scheduled time. 
* Each state and certification agency has different requirements; it is your responsibility to know what they are. Note that 1 PDH = 0.1 CEU.

Webcast Series
Session: 3 H 0 M
Lectures: 2
Credits: 3 PDH / 0.3 CEU



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