Variable Porosity Radiant Burner Concept/Demonstration

EPA Contract Number: 68D00039
Title: Variable Porosity Radiant Burner Concept/Demonstration
Investigators: Simpson, Marc G.
Small Business: Refractory Composites
EPA Contact: Manager, SBIR Program
Phase: I
Project Period: July 1, 1990 through January 1, 1991
Project Amount: $49,459
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I (1990) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Air Quality and Air Toxics , SBIR - Air Pollution , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)


A variable porosity silicon carbide ceramic foam is devel- oped for burning of fossil fuels. The concept employs bilayered radiant burner observed subsurface low NOx combustion results and analytical modelling of porous radi- ant burners to design a new material concept. Based on projected performance of 300% reduction in NOx with a factor of 2 increase in radiant efficiency is achievable. The homogeneous graded porosity material is designed to pro- hibit flashback, stabilize combustion below the hot surface and prevent mechanical failures observed in bilayered ra- diant burner materials. Cost of this exciting material con- cept is 1/2 of current radiant burners.

Supplemental Keywords:

RFA, Scientific Discipline, Air, Sustainable Industry/Business, Chemical Engineering, air toxics, cleaner production/pollution prevention, Sustainable Environment, Chemistry, Technology for Sustainable Environment, Chemistry and Materials Science, Engineering, Engineering, Chemistry, & Physics, Environmental Engineering, radiant burners, NOx reduction, Nitrogen Oxides, nitrogren oxides (NOx), acid rain precursors, variable porosity radiant burner, low Nox burner, porosity material, low NOx, silicon carbide ceramic foam, nitrogen oxides (Nox), acid rain

Progress and Final Reports:

  • Final