||Stephen Londerville, Charles E. Baukal, Jr.
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The last Coen & Hamivorthy Combustion Handbook was written by Arthur H. Light in 1920.' In the late 1980s, Coen authorized the publication of a new combustion handbook at the request of its customers, but day-to-day work never allowed time for the book. The origins of this book started during a business trip. In early 2000, one of the editors (Steve) was on a trip to visit a major Coen customer with a young Coen application engineer. During dinner, the engineer told Steve a story of a number of engineers debating the units of molecular weight for hours. It was at this moment that Steve decided a unique kind of book was needed that did not exist for combustion engineers. The book needed to be all inclusive and cover the very basics in building block form up to more complex combustion topics for everyone involved in combustion systems to use. This book is designed for all engineers and professionals involved in the field of industrial and utility combustion systems. It is roughly divided into two parts, consisting of a total of 17 chapters, sequentially covering relevant and important combustion engineering basics and then specific computations and applications. Each chapter is roughly organized from simple to more complex, thus allowing the reader to absorb as much as they may need before moving on to the next chapter. Practical examples are also included.