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Main Title Organic Combustion Fingerprints of Three Common Home Heating Fuels.
Author Steiber, R. S. ;
CORP Author Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC. Air and Energy Engineering Research Lab.
Publisher c1993
Year Published 1993
Report Number EPA/600/J-93/274;
Stock Number PB93-222123
Additional Subjects Organic compounds ; Heating fuels ; Combustion products ; Air pollution control ; Residential buildings ; Wood ; Coal ; Heat transfer ; Fuel oils ; Byproducts ; Polymers ; Lignin ; Phenols ; Benzene ; Gas chromatography ; Mass spectrometers ; Structural members ; Reprints ; Benzothiophenes
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB93-222123 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. 11/22/1993
Collation 7p
The paper discusses the chemical structures of three common home heating fuels: wood, coal, and No. 2 fuel oil. GC and GC/MS data are then presented which demonstrate how the thermal destruction of each fuel results in the production of a characteristic group of organic 'fingerprint' compounds. For wood, where the chief structural element is lignin polymer, they are methoxy benzenes, methoxy phenols, and alkyl bezenes. For coal, where the polymer contains more fused-ring structures, the chief products are fused-ring aromatics with structures of three or more rings, benzothiophenes, and to a lesser extent methyl-substituted phenols. For oil, the chief byproducts are unburned droplets of the oil. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of how these fingerprints can be used as apportionment guides in complex airsheds.