9.6. Soot Oxidation (C. R. Shaddix)

A detailed description of the chemical processes involved in soot formation was given in the previous chapter. Oxidation of soot particles is an important subject area because in most practical processes that form soot (e.g., diesel engines, gas turbines, and boilers) much more soot is formed in the flames than is emitted as a pollutant. In other words, it is the incomplete oxidation of soot within flames that leads to soot emissions. Also, the oxidation rate of soot controls the amount of soot that exists in the highest temperature regions of a flame and thereby has a large influence on the radiant energy emitted from flames. Most boiler and furnace systems (especially glass melting furnaces) rely on thermal ...

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