Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Soot from Practical Combustion Systems

  • John P. Longwell
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 7)


The increasing study of formation and control of soot and mutagenic compounds in combustion systems is motivated by public concern and regulatory activity on suspected or known sources of carcinogens. Combustion of hydrocarbon fuels produces widely varying amounts of known carcinogens which are frequently found adsorbed on soot. While the effect on public health is unclear, more knowledge of the chemistry and physics of formation and destruction of these materials is clearly needed. Increased use of solid fuels, low hydrogen content liquids and the automotive diesel engine has the potential for increased emission of these substances. Gasoline engine and oil burning furnaces will continue to be major fuel consumers and research relevant to these devices will be of equal importance.


Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Equivalence Ratio Diesel Exhaust Premix Flame Soot Formation 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • John P. Longwell
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  1. 1.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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