9R26. Thermal Conversion of Solid Fuels. Developments in Heat Transfer, Vol 15. - B Peters (Res Center Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany). WIT Press, Southampton, UK. Distributed in USA by Comput Mech, Billerica MA. 2003. 205 pp. ISBN 1-85312-953-4. $122.00.

Reviewed by SR Gollahalli (Lesch Centennial Chair, Director, Sch of Aerospace and Mech Eng, Univ of Oklahoma, Norman OK 73019-0601).

This monograph deals with the analysis and numerical simulation methods of thermal conversion of solid fuels, which includes various processes of drying, pyrolysis, devolatilization, and gasification. These processes occurring in a packed or moving bed situation include complex and interconnected mechanisms involving thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, chemistry, and physics. An analysis that delineates the relevant processes from the minor mechanisms that led to the development of the Discrete Particle Method (DPM), which considers particles with conversion processes attached to it as an individual entity,...

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