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It is difficult to procure hazardous waste incineration systems that will meet demanding performance and regulatory requirements and still be cost-effective. Test burns have proven to be of great value in this regard. These consist of burning representative waste samples under controlled conditions to observe and measure reactions. Test burn data are useful for evaluating technologies and designing systems and equipment. Despite the many benefits, test burns are not frequently used. There are difficulties associated with conducting test burns, and very little has been publicized concerning test burn procedures, performance, and applications. Standards and guidelines are needed for test burns, possibly through a technical organization such as ASTM.
hazardous waste, incineration systems, test burns, combustion, incinerability, burning characteristics, waste characterization, calorimetry, proximate analysis, ultimate analysis evaluation
Principal, Doucet & Mainka, P.C., Peekskill, NY