“Lean Combustion” comprises the scientific research and engineering technologies focused on developing highly efficient fuel/air mixtures and highly efficient fuel burning methods. The goal is twofold: first, to conserve fuel while maintaining--or even improving--power output; and, second, to reduce undesirable emissions created from more traditional fuel burning methods. Recent advances in lean combustion offer promising new ways of doing just that, through better measurement and understanding of such combustion phenomena as detonation and flame propagation, and recent improvement in burner design and fuel chemistry. This book will cover those developments and more, as well as provide examples of promising new applications of lean combustion engineering including to hydrogen-fueled systems. It will offer engineers working on combustion equipment and systems the latest developments in more efficient fuel usage and in much-sought-after reductions of undesirable emissions while still achieving desired power output and performance. Readers will learn about advances in the understanding of ultra lean fuel mixtures and how new types of burners and approaches to managing heat flow can reduce problems often found with lean combustion such as slow, difficult ignition and frequent flame extinction. The book will also offer abundant references and examples of recent real-world applications.


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About the editor

Derek Dunn-Rankin

Derek Dunn-Rankin is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. His current research activities include a study of the electrical aspects of microgravity combustion; using optical methods for measurements in combustion systems, and the direct combustion of methane hydrates.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine, USA