Room: Horst N219

Phone: +31 53 489 2559

Fax: +31 53 489 3663


Research topic:

Heavy Fuel-oil combustion in a HiTAC boiler

The High Temperature Air Combustion (HiTAC) process lends itself ideally for the combustion of all sorts of “difficult” fuels, ranging from low-calorific gases such as waste-gases, to heavy fuel-oils. Especially for heavy fuel-oils, expectations are that in combination with HiTAC these can be utilized for steam generation with very low harmful emissions such as NOX, CO and particulates. And the key features of this high-efficiency combustion process can be utilized to lead to simpler, cheaper and more reliable designs of boilers, with very low emissions of harmful species.

This project concerns the extension of the application of HiTAC to heavy-oil combustion processes in a boiler. To generate the knowledge needed to develop and design such a boiler, experimental and computational investigations will be made of turbulent spray flames under HiTAC conditions.

Curriculum Vitae


PhD candidate at the Laboratory of Thermal Engineering at the University of Twente.


Shanghai Diesel Engine Research Institute, Shanghai, China.


Msc., Thermophysics Engineering at Tongji University, Shanghai, China.

Thesis: Investigation of NOX Emission in High Temperature Air Low Fuel Gas Concentration Combustion.


Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Engineering at Tianjin University, Tianjin, China.

Computer Science and Technology at Tianjin University.



Shanglong Zhu, Dirk Roekaerts, Theo van der Meer, Numerical simulation of a turbulent methanol spray flame using the Euler-Lagrange method and the steady laminar flamelet model [C], The Seventh Mediterranean Combustion Symposium, Sardinia, Italy, 2011.


Shanglong Zhu, Dirk Roekaerts, Theo van der Meer, Numerical study of a methanol spray flame [C], The Fifth European Combustion Meeting, Cardiff, UK, 2011.


Jianping Kuang, Mingfen Yang, Shanglong Zhu, Jianzhou Liu, Shicheng Zhang, the Characteristic Analysis and Mathematical Simulation of Flow Field in Powdered Coal Gasifier [C], Proceeding of the 6th International Symposium on Coal Combustion, 2007:712-718.


Shanglong Zhu, Xiangrong Sui, Wei Zheng, Application of Oxygen-Enriched Combustion Technology in Ladle Roaster [J], Industrial Furnace, 2007 Vol.29(4):21-23.


Wei Zheng, Shanglong Zhu, Tong Zhu, Experimental Study on the Effect of Parameters of High Temperature Air Burner on NOX Emission[J], Power Engineering, 2007, Vol.27(2): 287-291.


Tong Zhu, Shanglong Zhu, Zhenjun Cao, Peng Li, Liang Feng, Experimental Study on the NOX Emission of High Temperature Air Combustion[J], Journal of Engineering Thermophysics, 2006, Vol.27(5):894-896.


Tong Zhu, Shanglong Zhu, Zhenjun Cao, Peng Li, Experimental Study on the Effect of Burner Structure and Operating Parameters of High Temperature Air Burner on NOX Emission[C], Proceeding of the 11th Chinese Engineering Thermophysics Academy Conference on Combustion, Beijing, 2005:818-822.


Shanglong Zhu, Li Chen, Tong Zhu, Jiazheng Wu, Effect of Length-Width Ratio of the Rectangular Air-Jet on NOX Emission in HiTAC [J], Industrial Furnace, 2005 Vol.27(6):4-8.

Patents (Chinese)


Shanglong Zhu, “A hydrogen gas burner”, Chinese Patent Bureau, Patent No. 200910049693.2, Apr. 2009.


Shanglong Zhu, “A start-up burner fueled by combustible gas for coal gasification”, Chinese Patent Bureau, Utility Patent No. 200920070813.2, Apr. 2009.


Shanglong Zhu, “Gasification furnace burner used for asphalt gasification”, Chinese Patent Bureau, Patent No. 200910046118.7, Feb. 2009.


Shanglong Zhu, “Composite startup burner for powder coal gasification furnace”, Chinese Patent Bureau, Patent No. 200810042527.5, Sep. 2008.