The variability of municipal refuse can have a marked effect on the performance of an incinerator during test, as compared to design expectations. A computer program has been developed which can assess this variability in terms of its effect on incinerator design parameters, such as gas, air, and quench water flows and temperatures. The results of calculations for several refuse compositions in the range of 4000 to 8000 Btu/lb (HHV) are presented in the form of tables and graphs and their significance with respect to incinerator design and testing is discussed. Tentative plans for further work involving influence coefficients and correction factors are outlined.

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