Oxygen Enrichment in Combustion Processes: Comparative Experimental Results From Several Application Fields

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M. De Lucia

Department of Energy Engineering, University of Florence, Florence, Italy

J. Energy Resour. Technol 113(2), 122-126 (Jun 01, 1991) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2905785 History: Received October 11, 1990; Revised April 11, 1991; Online April 16, 2008


The effects of using oxygen to partially or wholly replace fuel air in small-size melting furnaces were studied over a range of application fields. Following definition of the useful parameters, testing was conducted on furnaces for melting glass, ferrous metals (pigiron), nonferrous metals (copper alloys), and ceramic materials. In all cases, oxygen-enrichment was found to provide significant energy savings, as well as notable advantages in terms of both plant output and energy consumption.

Copyright © 1991 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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