Fuel, Characterization, Coal


A major objective of the Advanced Combustion Engineering Research Center is the development and verification of data on fuel characterization and reaction mechanisms and rates that can be incorporated into submodels for use in the comprehensive combustion codes. As technology has advanced, the levels of analytical sophistication has also advanced, making it possible to augment the existing body of information with new data. From this new data it is possible to draw new insights regarding the complex nature of coal and the various processes associated with combustion. The ACERC program has made it possible to bring different disciplines together to work on an integrated research program that is targeted at a few key strategic issues. The overall program has been divided into six areas of research, designated as Thrust Areas. The principal areas of focus in Thrust Area 1 have been in delineation of coal structure and those key factors that are important in developing fundamental knowledge of devolatilization and char oxidation processes. This article discusses the objectives, accomplishments, and plans of ACERC-sponsored research in these areas.

Original Publication Citation

Pugmire, R. J. and T. H. Fletcher, "An Overview of ACERC Research in Fuel Characterization and Reaction Mechanisms," Energy and Fuels, 7:6, 700-703 (1993). DOI: 10.1021/ef00042a002

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Peer-Reviewed Article

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Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology


Chemical Engineering

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Associate Professor