Gas analysis solutions for combustion industry - Energy
Combustion is a chemical process that involves the rapid reaction of a fuel substance with oxygen and heat. During this reaction new chemical substances, such as exhaust fumes, heat and light are created. There are many types of combustion including; complete, incomplete, smouldering, rapid and turbulent. Each process can differ due to the heat source and amounts of fuel or oxygen available.
Various industries such as engineering, research, manufacturing, metallurgy and mechanics employ combustion techniques. These often take place within furnaces and ovens, or fuel and combustion laboratories. For example, vacuum ovens and furnaces are commonly used within metal heat treatment processes. During this process the metal is surrounded by a vacuum, protecting it from heat transfer and contamination.
Oxygen analysis is employed within the combustion process to ensure optimal control. Processes such as complete combustion require high levels of oxygen while incomplete combustion requires low levels. It is essential to ensure that the correct oxygen levels are in place to safeguard against potential hazards or undesirable reactions, such as the creation of poisonous gases. Additionally, the exhaust fumes from combustion furnaces can be analysed for gas composition.