This 11th European Conference on Industrial Furnaces and Boilers is the latest in a series of very successful Conferences which have been held in Portugal since 1988. These have been attended by a large number of delegates from over 30 countries and approximately 90 papers have been presented at each Conference. In particular, the Conferences have attracted many participants from Industry and the wide range of papers have considered fundamental research as well as topics of a more practical and applied nature.
The main objective of the Conference is to provide an improved up-to-date understanding of the fundamentals, principles and practices associated with the design and operation of industrial furnaces and boilers and, in a broader view, of industrial systems and processes generating, transforming or using thermal energy from combustion. The Conference will be a means of disseminating information concerned with recent research and development activities in the field of furnace and boiler technology and related areas such as process and combustion control, efficiency optimisation of high-temperature energy application, and reduction of pollutant emissions. It is intended that waste incineration, biomass and oxy-fuel combustion will all feature heavily in the Conference Programme as well as more conventional aspects of combustion. The Conference will provide a forum for delegates involved in research, development, design and operation of furnace and boiler systems, and will also be of interest to those working in areas such as combustion science, fuel technology, energy management and air pollution control.
Each session of the Conference Programme will commence with at least one Keynote Paper which will be delivered by an invited internationally recognised authority. All other papers will be refereed prior to final acceptance. As in the previous Conferences it is intended that these papers will cover a wide range of appropriate technical topics and will feature recent research and development as well as dealing with practical applications of current technologies. The allocation of papers to sessions will be undertaken by the Organizing Committee in cooperation with the panel of referees.
Whilst the detailed range of technical topics which will be covered will depend upon the papers which are accepted, contributions are invited in any fundamental and applied area of interest in furnace and boiler technology, including:
- Technical design and efficient, economic operation of furnaces and boilers;
- Fuel characteristics and related combustion technologies;
- Fixed bed, fluidised bed and pulverised suspended combustion of solid fuels;
- Incineration of medium- and low-grade wastes;
- Use of biomass and alternative fuels;
- Gasification of fuels and wastes;
- Advanced power generation , including combined generation of process heat and electricity;
- Oxy-fuel combustion;
- Burner design concepts for gaseous, liquid and pulverised solid fuels;
- Convective and radiative heat transfer in furnaces and boilers;
- Furnace refractories, and refractory lining design for combustion chambers;
- Recovery of waste heat from flue gases of process heaters, boilers and incineration plants;
- Novel heating strategies and techniques in industrial high-temperature processes;
- Gas-side corrosion, slagging and deposition problems in boilers;
- Pollutant emission and control with furnace and boiler operation;
- Carbon capture and storage;
- Low emission combustion systems, especially Low-NOX systems;
- Mathematical modelling of industrial processes and plant systems;
- Simulation and modelling of fundamental processes in gaseous, liquid and solid fuel combustion;
- Condition monitoring and automatic control of boilers, furnaces and process heaters.