Experiments on flame spread of a fuel droplet array in a high-pressure ambience

Shinichiro Kato, Hiroyuki Mizuno, Hideaki Kobayashi, Takashi Niioka

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Flame spread phenomena in a suspended fuel droplet array were experimentally investigated for n-decane and n-hexadecane in a high-pressure ambience. Seven droplets of the same size were arranged at equal horizontal spacings. Flame spread rates were measured based on OH emission histories detected by a high-speed video camera with an image intensifier for droplet diameters of 0.50, 0.75 and 1.0 mm at ambient pressures from 0.1 to 2.0 MPa. Results show that, as droplet spacing becomes smaller, flame spread rate increases and attains maximum value at a specific spacing. A further decrease in droplet spacing causes the spread rate to decrease due to the large latent heat of vaporization. Experiments were also conducted in a microgravity field to determine if these characteristics of flame spread are affected by natural convection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-330
Number of pages9
JournalJSME International Journal, Series B: Fluids and Thermal Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1998 May

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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