Mass, energy balance and flue gas generation from a medical waste incinerator

Jianlin Fu, Kaufui Wong, Ramarathnam Narasimhan, Rajnish Kashyap

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Abstract

In the analysis of medical waste incineration a theoretical estimation have been carried out for mass balance, heat and flue gas generation. Theoretical results show that different amounts of excess air are required for different hospital departments to keep the combustion chamber temperature below the operating temperature limits of 982 °C. The calculations also indicate that the generation of hydrogen chloride necessitates the use of pollution control devices. In all calculations, it has been assumed that only paper, cotton and plastics are burnt and contribute to the flue gas. The reason for this assumption are firstly that the percentage of metal, glass and miscellaneous wastes are very small (less than 10 percent of the total weight) according to the t-test characterization and secondly that both metal and glass are not combustible at the temperatures of interest.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Advanced Energy Systems Division (Publication) AES
EditorsR.M. Guo, J.J.M. Too
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, United States
PublisherASME
Pages371-377
Number of pages7
Volume35
StatePublished - Dec 1 1995
EventProceedings of the 1995 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition - San Francisco, CA, USA
Duration: Nov 12 1995Nov 17 1995

Other

OtherProceedings of the 1995 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
CitySan Francisco, CA, USA
Period11/12/9511/17/95

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Fu, J., Wong, K., Narasimhan, R., & Kashyap, R. (1995). Mass, energy balance and flue gas generation from a medical waste incinerator. In R. M. Guo, & J. J. M. Too (Eds.), American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Advanced Energy Systems Division (Publication) AES (Vol. 35, pp. 371-377). ASME.