Volatiles Combustion

  • J. Rand Thurgood
  • L. Douglas Smoot


The combustion of devolatilization products is a subject which has received little attention. This is probably due to the complicated reaction mechanisms involved, and also to the prior lack of need for such information. Recent emphasis on theoretical modeling of the details of coal conversion processes has brought about increased attention on the combustion of coal volatiles. Several investigators have proposed reaction sequences which treat certain aspects of volatiles combustion, but further work will be necessary before a complete and accurate description is possible. The intent of this chapter is to review the pertinent work reported to date and to suggest a tentative course to follow using the available information. A discussion of hydrocarbon oxidation mechanisms is given, including global reaction schemes, which have been proposed to model the reactions of the highermolecular-weight hydrocarbons.


Pyrolysis Product Propane Oxidation Global Reaction Coal Pyrolysis Forward Rate Constant 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Rand Thurgood
    • 1
  • L. Douglas Smoot
    • 2
  1. 1.Chemical Engineering DepartmentBrigham Young UniversityProvoUSA
  2. 2.Brigham Young UniversityProvoUSA

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