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Main Title Application of Pulse Combustion to Solid and Hazardous Waste Incineration.
Author Stewart, C. R. ; Lemieux, P. M. ; Zinn, B. T. ;
CORP Author Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC. Air and Energy Engineering Research Lab. ;Georgia Inst. of Tech., Atlanta. School of Aerospace Engineering.
Publisher 1991
Year Published 1991
Report Number EPA/600/D-91/158;
Stock Number PB91-223289
Additional Subjects Incinerators ; Air pollution control ; Waste disposal ; Combustion efficiency ; Solid wastes ; Hazardous materials ; Combusting chambers ; Performance evaluation ; Kilns ; Burners ; Soot ; Carbon monoxide ; Pulse combustion ; Puffs
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB91-223289 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. 11/26/1991
Collation 25p
The paper discusses the application of pulse combustion to solid and hazardous waste incineration. A rotary kiln incinerator simulator was retrofitted with a frequency-tunable pulse combustor to enhance the efficiency of combustion. The pulse combustor excites pulsations in the kiln and increases the completeness of combustion by promoting better mixing within the system. Tests were performed using toluene sorbed onto a ground corn cob sorbent and placed in cardboard containers. The burner was operated in a non-pulse mode as a baseline condition, and then in a pulse mode in which the frequency of the pulse combustor was adjusted to the natural frequency of the combustion chamber, creating resonant pulsations of large magnitude. The test was also performed using polyethylene tube bundles to simulate a solid waste and to investigate a surrogate which produces different puff characteristics. The addition of turbulence in the rotary kiln due to high amplitude acoustic pulsations has a strong tendency to reduce the amount of soot and/or semivolatile and non-volatile hydrocarbons. Mass emissions of soot were consistently reduced in all tests. Carbon monoxide increased during acoustic pulsations in the toluene tests. The paper also discusses unsatisfied oxygen demand and carbon penetration and how pulsations affect them.