Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering - (M.S.)


Chemical Engineering and Chemistry

First Advisor

Angelo J. Perna

Second Advisor

Jerome J. Salamone

Third Advisor

John W. Liskowitz


This thesis encompasses the design criteria required to produce an effective incineration system for the disposal of solid/liquid human waste. Coupled with the overall design parameters is an investigation of the chemical decomposition of the waste during the incineration process, odor treatment and control, and the physiological effects on the human body due to the inhalation of the toxic gases given off during the combustion of human waste.

The variables involved in the combustion process are studied and equations presented that relate the combustion variables of flame temperature, residence time and air requirements. These equations are tested based upon published data concerning present incinerating systems in use.

A study of the established reaction kinetics shows that the relationship between combustion temperature and reaction time as a function of incinerator loading can be predicted quite readily. A design procedure is outlined supplying equations for the major design parameters to be used in order to minimize reaction time and gaseous effluents at optimal loading conditions.



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