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Oxy-fuel Burner Systems for Metals Production

Innovative combustion systems, custom-tailored to your specific needs

Applying innovation and expertise to solve our customers' problems is our core strength. Air Products combines a history of proven technology with decades of operational know-how and experience across the range of metals production operations.

For current air-fuel applications, substitution of oxy-fuel burners eliminates wasteful nitrogen from the process, allowing higher flame temperatures, which deliver much more of the heat from the burner into the process, because much less heat is exhausted from the furnace in the form of hot gases.

Air Products also innovates by identifying new applications for heat input throughout metals production operations, striving to make them more efficient and cost effective.

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Innovative Solutions and Operational Excellence

Air Products continually innovates burner technologies with a variety of features to meet the varying needs of ferrous and non-ferrous metal producers.

  • Flame shapes
  • Heat release profiles
  • Air-oxy-fuel options
  • High and low momentum configurations
  • Roof/sidewall/door mounting arrangements
  • Water-cooled and non-water-cooled construction
  • Low NOx capabilities

By matching the characteristics of the flame to the needs of each operation, Air Products' technology delivers maximum benefit with the most efficient use of oxygen and fuels, such as natural gas.

In addition, we use optimization algorithms to standardize production cycles and improve repeatability. Air Products offerings featuring Process Intelligence, use sensor and communications technology to monitor and control our gases and equipment, as well as track key process parameters. Your personnel can remotely access this data for improved process understanding.

Proven combustion technology, customized to provide the benefits that are important to your operation...


​Significant production increases can be realized with the proper implementation of oxy-fuel

Fuel Savings

​Increased fuel efficiency has been routinely demonstrated vs. air-fuel operation

Metal Yield

Charge materials and operating practices vary, but an optimized system can result in valuable metal yield savings


Use of oxy-fuel burners can reduce flue gas volumes 20-60%, with reduced baghouse loading and temperature; NOx emissions can be controlled with a customized burner design and good operating practices

Cost Savings

Proper implementation of oxy-fuel technology by our experienced team can result in overall reduction of melting costs

Multiple Fuel Options

We have experience in computational fluid dynamic modeling, burner design and pilot-scale testing using solid, liquid and gaseous fuels

Available Heat Comparison Air-fuel vs Oxy-fuel Combustion

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“Air Products has worked with us for over 15 years and has increased our productivity 25–35 percent with your oxy-fuel technology. We’re a 24-hour-a-day operation, so we need to contact someone if we have a problem. You guys are just the best.”

Larry Wayne Henson, GM, Tennessee Aluminum Processors, Inc


The Advanced Clean Energy Laboratory is our newest demonstration facility, capable of facilitating development and full-scale testing of combustion systems using actual customer fuels. Plus a remote video imaging system enables real-time participation in testing via the Internet.

Advanced Clean Energy Laboratory—Virtual Demonstrations to Global Locations

The Advanced Clean Energy Laboratory can facilitate development and full-scale testing of combustion systems using actual customer fuels. Plus a remote video imaging systems enables real-time participation in testing via the Internet.
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