Combustion Thermodynamics

  • Laurence S. Caretto
  • Robert F. Sawyer


The majority of man’s energy long has become available through combustion processes. In the United States over 95% of the energy consumed involves the combustion of fossil fuels (1). On a worldwide basis, more than 99% of the energy consumed is released through combustion processes (2). While increased development of nuclear power will occur during the remainder of this century, fossil fuels are predicted to provide more than 75% of the energy requirements of the United States in the year 2000. In 35 years the consumption of fossil fuels will be 2 to 3 times the current rate (1).


Combustion Process Equivalence Ratio Flame Temperature Combustion Reaction Equilibrium Composition 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1971

Authors and Affiliations

  • Laurence S. Caretto
    • 1
  • Robert F. Sawyer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of California at BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

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