Fuels and Combustion
ASHRAE Technical Committee 6.10

Scope of TC 6.10

TC 6.10 is concerned with the properties of conventional, alternative and waste product fuels and the characteristics important to their utilization for heating, refrigeration and air conditioning. These characteristics are the combustion process, including combustion air supply and venting combustion products, pollution from the combustion of fuels, and the operation of fuel burning equipment.


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HVAC Systems and Equipment: Automatic Fuel Burning
Fuel-burning systems provide a means to mix fuel and air in the proper ratio, ignite it, control the position of the flame envelope within the combustion chamber, and control a fuel flow rate for safe combustion-heat energy release for space conditioning, water heating, and other processes. This chapter covers the design and use of automatic fuel-burning systems. The fuel can be gaseous(e.g., natural or liquefied petroleum gas), liquid (primarily the lighter grades of fuel oil or biodiesel), or solid (e.g., coal, or renewable items such as wood or corn). For discussion of some of these fuels, their combustion chemistry, and thermodynamics, see Chapter 28 of the 2009 ASHRAE Handbook—Fundamentals.      

HVAC Systems and Equipment: Chimneys
A properly designed chimney or vent system provides and controls draft to convey flue gas from an appliance to the out-doors. This chapter describes the design of chimneys and vent systems that discharge flue gas from appliances and fireplace systems.

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Fundamentals: Combustion & Fuels
Combustion is a chemical reaction in which an oxidant reacts rapidly with a fuel to liberate stored energy as thermal energy, generally in the form of high-temperature gases. Small amounts of electromagnetic energy (light), electric energy (free ions and electrons), and mechanical energy (noise) are also produced during combustion. Except in special applications, the oxidant for combustion is oxygen in the air. The oxidation normally occurs with the fuel in vapor form. One notable exception is oxidation of solid car-bon, which occurs directly with the solid phase.

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Technical Committees are responsible for identifying research topics, proposing research projects, selecting bidders, and monitoring research projects funded by ASHRAE. Information about their specific research program is discussed at each TC meeting and at the TC’s Research Subcommittee meeting.

TC 6.10 has developed and provided oversight for relevant research projects including impacts of sulfur on heating fuels and the high altitude derating of gas-fired furnaces.


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