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Combustion and Incineration Processes Applications in Environmental Engineering

Out of Print
By: Walter R Niessen(Author)
800 pages, 137 b/w illustrations, 281 tables
Publisher: CRC Press
Combustion and Incineration Processes
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  • Combustion and Incineration Processes ISBN: 9781439805039 Edition: 4 Hardback Jun 2010 Out of Print #205973
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In our "throwaway" society, with landfills filled to capacity, interest in incineration- and conversion-based waste management technologies continues to grow. Increasing net waste generation rates within U.S. metropolitan centers, skyrocketing transportation costs for waste hauling, and the enticement of increased electrical revenues from "green" power sources all amplify the need for better technologies.

Written by an internationally renowned expert with fifty years of experience, Combustion and Incineration Processes: Applications in Environmental Engineering, Fourth Edition has been updated to reflect the latest advances in the field, keeping pace with the evolution of complex and interdisciplinary technology that can better the environment. Detailing the changes that have occurred since the previous editions appeared, Combustion and Incineration Processes: Applications in Environmental Engineering's expanded scope includes additional details, data, and graphics regarding the design and operational characteristics of municipal and industrial waste incineration and conversion systems and numerous refinements in associated pollution control.

Combustion and Incineration Processes: Applications in Environmental Engineering, Fourth Edition offers a thorough overview of: Design, operation, and evaluation of incineration and conversion (gasification) systems for hazardous and non-hazardous gaseous, liquid, biosolid, and solid wastes The waste management facility, from contaminant receipt, materials handling, and storage to stack discharge and dispersion Breakthroughs in air pollution control Waste and residue characteristics Advances in materials handling, waste processing, refractory and materials engineering, combustion technology, and energy recovery to reduce and control toxins and pollutants in the environment Achievement of true Zero Waste, or the eradication of landfills, will likely require thermal processing to economically extract the ultimate useful value from waste residue after minimization, reuse, and recycling. The latest technical advances continue to evolve and attract increased attention, and Combustion and Incineration Processes: Applications in Environmental Engineering, Fourth Edition provides the requisite technical education and guidance to those responsible for selection and procurement of these new systems.


Units and Fundamental Relationships
Systems Analysis
Material Balances
Energy Balances
Combustion Kinetics
Selected Topics on Combustion Processes
Gaseous Combustion
Liquid Combustion
Solid Combustion
Waste Characterization
Solid Waste
Biological Wastewater Sludge
Combustion System Enclosures & Heat Recovery
Water Cooled Enclosures and Heat Recovery Systems
Heat Transfer
Slagging and Fouling
Fluid Flow Consideration in Incinerator Applications
Driven Flow
Induced Flow
Mixing and Residence Time
Materials Preparation & Handling
Solid Wastes
Other Specialized Handling Operations
Biosolids Handling
Incineration Systems for Municipal Solid Wastes
Performance Objectives
Site Design Considerations
Collection and Delivery of Refuse
Refuse Handling and Storage
Size Control and Salvage
Incinerator Feed Systems
Grates and Hearths
Incinerator Furnace Enclosures
Energy Recovery and Energy Markets
Combustion Air
Ash Removal and Handling
Flue Gas Conditioning
Environmental Pollution Control
Induced Draft Fan
Incinerator Stacks
Refuse Derived Fuel Systems
Instrumentation and Control
Other Incineration Systems
Incineration Systems for Sludge Wastes
Multiple Hearth Furnace (MHF) Systems
Fluid Bed
Slagging Combustion Systems for Biological Sludge
Incineration Systems for Liquid and Gaseous Wastes
Liquid Waste Incinerators
Incinerators for Gases (Afterburners)
Operations and Safety
Incineration Systems for Hazardous Wastes
Rotary Kiln Systems
Circulating Fluid Bed
Thermal Desorption
Plasma Technology
Conversion Technology for Solid Wastes
Gasification Technology Processes
Conversion Technology Product Streams
Conversion Technology Examples
Air Pollution Aspects of Incineration Processes
Air Pollutants from Combustion Processes
Air Toxics
Air Pollution Control for Incineration Systems
Equipment Options for Incinerator Air Pollution Control
Control Strategies for Incinerator Air Pollution Control
Approaches to Incinerator Selection and Design
System Selection for Developing Technologies

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Mr. Walter R. Niessen, the president of Niessen Consultants (Andover, Massachusetts), is an internationally recognized consultant in process analysis, design, impact assessment, planning and start-up, and operations assistance drawing on 50 years experience in applied combustion technology, air pollution control and solid, sludge, liquid, and gaseous waste management. He has prepared over 95 technical papers, contributed chapters to nine environmental engineering books, and authored the definitive text and reference Combustion and Incineration Processes. He has been involved in numerous solid waste and biosolids management planning studies and implementation projects for industry and for small jurisdictions through larger cities and regions; and in numerous international assignments in the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Mr. Niessen received his BS (1960) and MS (1961) in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer in the American Academy of Environmental Engineers in both solid waste and air pollution control and member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Sigma Xi research honorary, and the Air and Waste Management Association. He is a registered professional engineer in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Among his honors, he received the Pioneer Award of ASME and the IT3 in 2008 for his lifetime educational and research efforts in incineration and waste management. He served as a Senior Vice President with Camp Dresser & McKee Inc. (CDM) from 1976 to 1997 where he still functions as a senior consultant with the firm. Prior affiliations were with the U.S. Air Force; Arthur D. Little Inc.; Bolt, Beranek & Newman; and Roy F. Weston Inc.

Out of Print
By: Walter R Niessen(Author)
800 pages, 137 b/w illustrations, 281 tables
Publisher: CRC Press
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