An advanced introduction to the fundamentals of operation and characteristics of combustion systems, and their application to modelling and design of energy-efficient furnaces and boilers. 

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The course will be of particular interest to engineers employed in the heat and power generation, energy, and process industries.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield Campus
  • Cost£1,700. The course fee includes refreshments and lunch during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. Concessions available

Course structure

A five-day course of lectures, featuring practical examples and detailed case-studies. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.

What you will learn

On completion of the course, you will learn to:

  • Evaluate combustion processes based on a comprehensive understanding of the governing principle laws and appraise various fuels and their characteristics
  • Analyse the performance of various combustion systems, and evaluate techniques to reduce the formation and emission of pollutants in stationary and mobile combustion systems
  • Assess the operation of furnaces and boilers based on a fundamental understanding of the governing laws, and debate issues influencing the design/selection of furnaces and boilers and future trends
  • Design energy-efficient furnaces and boilers based on successful application of heat transfer and combustion modelling.

Core content

  • Combustion and Fuels
  • Thermodynamic Analysis of Combustion Processes: Basic reaction chemistry. Chemistry of combustion. Energy of combustion. Heat of formation. Adiabatic flame temperature. Dissociation and chemical equilibrium. Rate of reaction.
  • Fuels: Types of solid, liquid, and gaseous fuels. Chemical composition and characteristics. Production processes.
  • Combustion Systems: Basic principles (combustion regimes, speed of flame, ignition conditions, and more). Combustion of gaseous fuels (pre-mixed flames, diffusion flames). Combustion of liquid fuels (burning of a liquid droplet). Combustion of solid fuels (charcoal, particulates).
    Emission of pollutants from combustion systems: Formation mechanisms of pollutants. Controlling factors. Abatement technologies. Environmental effects of pollutants.
  • Furnaces and Boilers
  • Open-flame Furnaces: Furnace types and classification. Aerodynamic and heat transfer in furnaces.
  • Mathematical Modelling of Furnace Performance: The single gas zone model. The "long" furnace and other multi zone models. Validation of furnace models.
  • Efficient Furnace Operation: Effect of operating variables. Reduction of furnace wall losses. Temperature control in industrial furnaces. Oxygen enrichment in combustion processes.
  • Industrial Boilers: Sectional, shell and water tube boilers. Design features of shell boilers. Boiler water treatment and conditioning. Gas side corrosion and fouling problems. Oil and gas firing of boilers. Coal firing. Wastes as boiler fuels. Boiler efficiency and part load operation. Condensing boilers. Waste heat recovery from furnaces.
  • Environmental Aspects: Smoke formation and control. Control of other particulate emissions. Overall collection and grade efficiencies. NOx formation and control. Industrial chimney design.

Who should attend

This course will be of particular interest to engineers employed in the heat and power generation, energy, and process industries.



10% discount applies if booked 8 weeks in advance. 10% discount for 3rd and subsequent delegates from the same company/site.

Accommodation options and prices

This course is non-residential. If accommodation is required, please make your own arrangements at Mitchell Hall or a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

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Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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