Date of Defense


First Advisor

Dr. Andrew Kline

Second Advisor

Dr. Betsy Aller

Third Advisor

Dr. Peter Parker


The goal of this project was to determine an optimal thermal dilution design for a regenerative thermal oxidizer. The regenerative thermal oxidizer (RTO) is used as a waste treatment process to combust volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into harmless products such as carbon dioxide and water. Thermal dilution is required during particularly high VOC loadings in order to cool down the RTO to temperatures within the allowed operating range. Currently nitrogen is used as the thermal dilution cooling media and the expense contract with the present nitrogen vendor will expire soon. In order to avoid cost increases with the current system, alternative dilution medium and designs were researched and analyzed.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only