AFRC 2023 Industrial Combustion Symposium

Denver, Colorado
September 25–27

Call for Papers

Call for Papers is now closed.

The AFRC organizing committee requests abstracts of papers for presentation at the American Flame Research Committee’s 2023 Annual Industrial Combustion Symposium to be held September 25–27, 2023, at Embassy Suites Denver Downtown in Denver, Colorado. The AFRC Annual Industrial Combustion Symposium provides a unique forum for combustion professionals to network, display their work, receive direct feedback, and learn from each other.

Abstracts on all topics related to combustion and flame are welcome. However, our theme for the 2023 Symposium is "Application of Green Combustion Technology in the Metals Industry," and therefore, topics related to this theme are encouraged. Presentations in past symposia have covered a wide spectrum:

  • Fundamental research to laboratory, pilot and full-scale testing
  • Computer simulations to industrial applications
  • Combustion equipment design to operation, maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Suggested topics from previous Symposium attendees can be found below; however, you are encouraged to submit any topic you feel is important.
Potential Topics for AFRC Industrial Combustion Symposium

  • Bioenergy
  • Emission reduction
  • H2 combustion
  • How combustion can be tamed to reduced CO2 emissions with non-design fuels
  • More analysis of the TCEQ database and regulations; Bayesian analysis
  • More communication/collaboration to help operating companies and vendors solve future combustion-related issues
  • Advanced computational techniques (optimization, machine learning), combustion diagnostic, oxy-fuel combustion, etc.
  • Resolving spray-related issues in heaters, boilers, thermal oxidizers, etc.
  • Reforming and associated combustion technology for “H2 Economy”
  • Legislative/Regulatory trends
  • Combustion controls – industry sector trends and R&D needs
  • Flare and burner design, operation, trouble-shooting, etc.
  • Other industries (e.g., steel, paper, cement) that employ combustion
  • Thermal oxidizers
  • 100% H2 firing, 100% liquid fuels firing
  • Combustion technology to reduce CO2/NOX/CH4 emissions

All combustion equipment types are covered. A sampling of papers from past meetings.

Deadline to submit abstracts: Friday, April 14, 2023

Questions can be directed to Kelly LeCount at Notification of acceptance will be communicated by May 15, 2023.

Guideline for Abstracts

Abstracts should be no more than one-page in length and provide a brief overview of the presentation topic along with enough information to help decide on its acceptability.

Guidelines for Papers

If your abstract is accepted, presenters will be responsible for following the guidelines regarding submission of formal paper and presentation at the Symposium.

Please note that the AFRC policy is "No Paper, No Podium!" If you do not submit a written paper by the deadline, you will be unable to present at the Symposium even if your abstract had been accepted. The final paper must be submitted by July 31, 2023. We urge you to submit your paper early, as our deadlines are firm. Your cooperation and support are greatly appreciated.

In the interest of maintaining the quality of papers presented at the Symposium, we encourage the intending authors to present work that contains new data and/or analyses, new analyses/interpretation of old data or enlightening interpretation of new government regulations or industrial practices. Papers based on data or information readily available in books, standards or recommended practices are strongly discouraged.

The presenter agrees to the following Speaker Requirements.

Speaker Requirements

  • Speaker agrees to confirm participation in writing within a month (no later than June 09, 2023) upon the abstract being accepted to the program.
  • Speaker agrees to provide bio/headshot for marketing and on-site introductions no later than June 09, 2023.
  • • Speaker agrees to prepare and submit a PowerPoint presentation no later than August 25, 2023. Presentations will only be used for program preparation and deleted at the conclusion of the Symposium.
  • Speaker agrees that the presentation will contain technical information and free of commercial and sales references.
  • Speaker agrees to register for the Symposium.

Further Information

The AFRC 2023 Industrial Combustion Symposium will be held in Denver, Colorado. The location is in a beautiful part of the country, especially attractive to sky enthusiasts. You may plan some vacation time in the area before or after the Symposium it your schedule permits.

Please call Kelly LeCount at 859-525-9988 or with any questions or concerns.