In this three-day course, students will learn the fundamental and applied aspects of combustion, as well as an overview of combustion technology as it relates to air pollution control.  There is an emphasis on understanding how real combustion systems work.  Simple analytical methods are presented for relating stack measurements to source operating conditions.  Case studies and review problems assist the student in troubleshooting situations that can affect combustion effciency and emissions.  A section discussing the various fuels and how emissions are determine using methods specified in the Greenhouse Gas Mandatory Reporting Rule will be included.  The recent developments in reciprocating engine technology and the status of technology for the control of hazardous pollutants, primarily mercury will be addressed as well.

Course topics:

  • Principles of Combustion
  • Formation and Control of Air Emissions
  • Emissions/Process Monitoring
  • Combustion Processes and Equipment
  • Fuel Influences on Emissions
  • Inspection of Combustion Facilities

Course Instructors: Brian W. Doyle, Ph.D., P.E., Doyle Engineering, Inc. and Gary Saunders, NC DENR

Intended Audience:  All those involved with air pollution, permitting, and management of combustion sources.

Safety Precautions for Site Visit:  Please note we are working on a site visit for the course.  To participate in the site visit you will need to know the following:

  1. Hard Hat, Safety Glasses, and Steel Toed Shoes are mandatory.
  2. No heels or open toes allowed (we will be walking on steel grating).
  3. Loose clothing is not allowed and long hair must be tied back (we will be walking near rotating equipment).


Virginia DEQ Northern Regional Office
13901 Crown Court
Woodbridge, VA 22193

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact Alice Lutrey at alutrey(at) or Joan Walstrum at jwaltrum(at) or 443-901-1882.