Lean Combustion

Lean Combustion

Technology and Control

1st Edition - August 7, 2007

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  • Editor: Derek Dunn-Rankin
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123706195
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080550527

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Combustion under sufficiently fuel-lean conditions can have the desirable attributes of high efficiency and low emissions, this being particularly important in light of recent and rapid increases in the cost of fossil fuels and concerns over the links between combustion and global climate change. Lean Combustion is an eminently authoritative, reference work on the latest advances in lean combustion technology and systems. It will offer engineers working on combustion equipment and systems both the fundamentals and 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. This volume brings together research and design of lean combustion systems across the technology spectrum in order to explore the state-of-the-art in lean combustion and its role in meeting current and future demands on combustion systems. 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.

Key Features

  • Covers all major recent developments in lean combustion science and technology, with new applications in both traditional combustion schemes as well as such novel uses as highly preheated and hydrogen-fueled systems
  • Offers techniques for overcoming difficult ignition problems and flame extinction with lean fuel mixtures
  • Covers new developments in lean combustion using high levels of pre-heat and heat re-circulating burners, as well as the active control of lean combustion instabilities


Professional Engineers in Mechanical, Automotive, Aerospace, and Chemical Engineering, particularly those involved with combustion engineering, Manufacturing Engineers in the automobile, trucking, aerospace, aeronautical and energy generation industries, Upper Undergraduate and First-year Graduate students in Mechanical, Chemical, Aerospace, and Automotive Engineering, Graduate Students in Chemistry and Physics

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1
    Introduction and Perspectives
    Derek Dunn-Rankin, Matt M. Miyasato, and Trinh K. Pham
    1.1 Introduction
    1.2 Brief historical perspective
    1.3 Defining lean combustion
    1.4 Regulatory drivers for lean combustion technology
    1.5 Lean combustion applications and technologies
    1.6 Brief highlights of the chapters
    Chapter 2
    Fundamentals of Lean Combustion
    Derek Bradley
    2.1 Combustion and engine performance
    2.2 Burning in flames
    2.3 Autoignitive burning
    2.4 Recirculation of heat from burning and burned gas
    2.5 Flame stabilization
    2.6 Conclusions
    Chapter 3
    Highly Preheated Lean Combustion
    A. Cavaliere, M. de Joannon and R. Ragucci
    3.1 Introduction
    3.2 MILD combustion
    3.3 Simple processes in MILD combustion
    3.4 Processes and applications of MILD combustion in gas
    3.5 Conclusion
    Chapter 4
    Lean-Burn Spark-Ignited Internal Combustion
    Robert Evans
    4.1 Introduction
    4.2 Performance of the ideal internal combustion engine
    4.3 Engine combustion and emissions
    4.4 Extending the lean limit of operation
    4.5 Summary
    Chapter 5
    Lean Combustion in Gas Turbines
    Vince McDonell
    5.1 Introduction
    5.2 Rationale for lean combustion in gas turbines
    5.3 Lean gas turbine combustion strategies:
    status and needs
    5.4 Summary
    Chapter 6
    Lean Premixed Burners
    Robert Cheng and Howard Levinsky
    6.1 Introduction
    6.2 Principles of fuel variability
    6.3 Stabilization methods
    6.4 Summary
    Chapter 7
    Stability and Control
    S. Sivasegaram
    7.1 Introduction
    7.2 Oscillations and their characteristics
    7.3 Control strategies
    7.4 Concluding remarks
    Chapter 8
    Lean Hydrogen Combustion
    Robert W. Schefer, Christopher White, and Jay Keller
    8.1 Introduction
    8.2 Hydrogen combustion fundamentals
    8.3 Hydrogen in gas turbine engines

Product details

  • No. of pages: 280
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2007
  • Published: August 7, 2007
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123706195
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080550527

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

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