Numerical model for the combustion of a thermal lance

Teresa Martí-Rosselló, Paul Ray, Jun Li, Leo Lue

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A mathematical model for the operation of a thermal lance is developed and validated, with the focus on its heat transfer and kinetics behavior. It has been found that there is a "window"of combustion rates in which the thermal lance can operate, which is mainly dictated by the oxygen partial pressure. The particular value of the combustion rate can be set by adjusting the flow rate of the oxygen supply, which is practically done by manipulating the oxygen supply pressure. An open issue is the lack of experimental kinetics data for thermal lance combustion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7788-7801
Number of pages14
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number21
Early online date21 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2021


  • thermal lance
  • heat transfer
  • kinetics
  • combustion


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