Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering


Chemical Engineering


Hestekin, Jaime

Committee Member/Reader

Ackerson, Michael D.

Committee Member/Second Reader

Penney, W. Roy


For the 2016 WERC/IEE competition, our project regarded the efficiency and particulate matter emissions testing of wood burning heating units. The purpose of the project was to develop a cheap and effective testing method for combustion units in order to decrease manufacturers’ research and development costs. This would ultimately lower the entry barrier to the market and increase the number of manufacturers on the market. This would lead to more efficient stoves being designed and the stoves would be cheaper as a result of the increased competitive market. This would have many benefits on society; the primary benefit being that more consumers can purchase cheaper, more efficient stoves that will reduce particulate emissions to the atmosphere.