The combustion process may be defined as an interaction between fuel, energy, and the environment rather than merely a chemical reaction of fuel with oxygen to release energy, or a physical reaction of the fuel with the environment involving heat and mass transfer. The process is enormously complex even with relatively simple or homogenous fuels. A quantitative description of this process requires the combined capabilities of a physical chemist specializing in chemical kinetics, a physicist specializing in heat and mass transfer, and an engineer specializing in fluid dynamic and unit operations communicating with the skills of an applied mathematician.


Pyrolysis Product Volatile Product Biomass Fuel Carbonaceous Residue Direct Combustion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fred Shafizadeh
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  1. 1.Wood Chemistry Laboratory, Department of ChemistryUniversity of MontanaMissoulaUSA

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