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American industry is responding to the challenges of high fuel prices, intense international competition, and a renewed emphasis on quality. To meet these demands, industry has looked at many opportunities--some have been cost effective, some expensive, and many ineffective. Much of this effort relates to the design and updating of fuel-fired equipment. This is understandable because it is one area where an investment in new technology can save energy, improve product quality and reduce scrap. There are many opportunities to improve combustion system efficiency. However, there is no single correct way to maximize efficiency. Each technique must be evaluated and compared before a final selection is made. You have a choice of many energy saving systems. Because each furnace is designed and operated differently, careful evaluation is required. Look at several options. The performance and efficiency of a combustion system depends upon several major factors. They are: 1) Fuel to air ratio control, 2) Fuel and air mixing, and 3) Furnace air infiltration. These performance factors can be measured and controlled by advanced controls that can significantly improve the overall system operation.
Riccardi, R. C. (1984). Combustion Control. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu); Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu). Available electronically from