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Spring 2024 Combustion Seminar

April 23-25



HANDS-ON training from combustion experts on equipment in our state-of-the-art facility

CLASSROOM-STYLE LEARNING with engaging topics for all levels of experience

CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT and exclusive access to presentations, literature, and more

VALUABLE for engineers, maintenance technicians and equipment operators


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Registration is $950 USD

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This year's seminar will include hands-on experience in our R&D laboratory, breakout sessions with industry experts and technical classroom style learning. Our speakers will cover topics like combustion fundamentals, heat transfer and thermodynamics, typical combustion system components, combustion controls, decarbonization, emissions, practical pointers and more.

There will be a welcome reception the day before the event, on Monday, April 22, and lunch provided each day, as well as learning materials like the North American Combustion Handbook Vol. I & II, a NFPA 86 Handbook and copies of the seminar material.


Agenda and speaker topics subject to change.

Day 1

Combustion Fundamentals

Why are you at this seminar? Gain initial insights into combustion. Learn about combustion chemistry, the fire triangle, and how to harness the power of fire.


This presentation will cover the fundamental aspects of heat transfer and thermodynamics and how they apply to combustion systems and industrial heating processes. Relevant industrial examples and applications will be covered throughout the presentation and provide a practical foundation for the associated technical concepts.


Burners form the foundation of the business for Fives North American Combustion. With over 100 types of burners, we cover the entire spectrum of industrial combustion applications. This presentation covers the history of burner development, styles of burners, both new and old, and the focus today on low emissions, high efficiency products for use around the world.


Combustion requires fuel. Gain a high-level understanding of the three major fuel types (solid, liquid, vapor). Learn the critical requirements for atomization of liquid fuels. Improve comprehension of the differences between vapor/gaseous fuels.


Learn to control fire! In the ratio control presentation, we will learn about controlling fuel and oxidants in combustion reactions. We will discuss the 4 basic ways to control this ratio. Next, we will discuss how these methods fit into a standard control system and also the types of products we use for the methods as well. With this information you’ll start to know what to look for on combustion control systems.


This presentation will cover decarbonization as it pertains to the reduction of carbon emissions. We will discuss efficiency of combustion systems and methods to increase this efficiency. Furnace design, recuperation and regeneration will be covered.


Learn how implementing proper furnace pressure control techniques can improve your industrial heating processes. Maintaining good furnace pressure control reduces fuel consumption, prevents furnace damage, improves product quality, maximizes production, and minimizes NOx emissions. Discover the importance of accurate flue sizing and appropriate furnace pressure control system design through example calculations and practical pointers. Leave with recommended furnace pressure control methods and an understanding of the significance of effective furnace pressure control.




This presentation explores how Industry 4.0 is revolutionizing the realm of industrial combustion. We will explore the diverse range of combustion technologies that can benefit from data integration, and we will gain insights into how industrial information can be measured, transmitted, processed, and delivered as data visualizations and actionable conclusions. Together we will forge a greater understanding for how data-drive insights can enhance our efficiencies and intelligence in our industrial processes.


What exactly is process control and how is it used in combustion systems? In this presentation we will explore control system functionality and control system architecture. We’ll learn about the control loop and how it is used in combustion systems. Finally, well take a deep dive into the PID controller, the heart of the control loop. By the end of the presentation, you’ll have a better understanding of the key role process control systems plays in modern thermal process applications.


Combustion introduces many hazards to personnel and equipment. These hazards can be reduced by using a properly designed and implemented burner management system. The NFPA-86 standard is a key, and often required, reference for the design of a safe combustion system. Learn the key points and how to navigate the NFPA-86 standard as well as other useful safety measures.


Attendees will rotate through each session for hands-on learning experiences.

  1. Plant Tour
  2. Combustion Cart + Lab Demos
  3. Burners, Blowers + Pipe Sizing: We will delve into the intricate process of sizing a combustion system. Our exploration begins with understanding the criteria for selecting the right burner tailored to specific system needs. We will then shift our focus to calculating pressure drops in the combustion air line, emphasizing their impact on overall system efficacy. After these calculations, the selection of the system's blower will conclude this section. A brief discussion on the gas line will also be included, paralleling earlier topics. Amid these technical discussions, the importance of decarbonization will emerge, underscoring its pivotal role in contemporary sustainable practices. Additionally, we'll probe into the effects and implications of heating air within the combustion system. We'll then revisit our calculations to account for changes when the air is heated.
  4. Burner Setup + Calculations: Learn how to use the square root log to set up a combustion system. Learn how to read the combustion air capacity chart, how to use the data to apply the square root law, and how to complete a burner setup. Identify specific pressure-balanced ratio control system components using the information to set up simple ratio control systems like the ones you see on the Fives North American Combustion demonstration units.



In this presentation, we will learn more about hydrogen, its unique properties, cost, and its potential to be a clean, more environmentally friendly fuel. We will discuss different sources of hydrogen, and how each plays a role in the effort in decarbonization. Learn about the transition from natural gas to hydrogen, what similarities and differences there are, and which Fives North American Combustion technologies are compatible with hydrogen.


This presentation will provide knowledge from 30 years of combustion experience with components, systems, and on-site tactics to increase uptime and production. We will discuss specific recommendations for burners, SSOVs, transmitters, flow control valves/actuators and ignition detection. Plus, we will share insight into system issues such as pressure-balanced, TwinBed, flow loops, furnace pressure, and NFPA86 plus field service thoughts on troubleshooting, start-up, and spare parts.


All dynamic systems make noise. Learn about the sources for noise in industrial combustion systems and how to mitigate them. Participate in a dramatic demonstration of the unexpected nature of resonate acoustic phenomena. Leave with some guidelines on best practices for quieter combustion systems.


This presentation will cover emissions, specifically NOx. It will cover how it is formed and what factors contribute to the increase and decrease of NOx emissions.


Attendees will rotate through each session.

  1. Aluminum Melters Q&A
  2. Hands-On + Lab Demos
  3. Forging + Steel Q&A
  4. General Combustion Q&A
  5. Burner Management Q&A
  6. Combustion Guide App Q&A


Lunch will be provided each day of the seminar.

Welcome Reception

A welcome reception on Monday, April 22 will give you the chance to network and have some fun with fellow attendees and seminar speakers.

Exclusive Access to Resources

All presentations and referenced bulletins, literature, and handbooks are provided on a flash drive, along with hard copies of our Combustion Handbooks and NFPA 86 Handbook. Plus, get Fives news and resources only released to seminar attendees.

Justin Dzik
Director, Innovation & Business Development
Eric Pedaci
Manager, Electrical Engineering
Ben Witoff
Manager, Data Engineering
Mark Hannum
Manager, Innovation & Lab
Jack Schaeffer
Service Technician
Ken Wyant
Manager, Field Service
Steve Kovacik
Controls Engineer
Sofia Shelton
Application Engineer
Greg Kudlac
Application & Project Engineering Manager
Markos Ubiria
Application Engineer