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Correlation of laminar flame velocities for hydrocarbon-oxygen-inert gas mixtures


Crowe, Thomas H. (1955) Correlation of laminar flame velocities for hydrocarbon-oxygen-inert gas mixtures. Engineer's thesis, California Institute of Technology.


A thermal theory of laminar flame propagation for hydrocarbon-oxygen flames is described. The method of analysis follows the earlier work of von Karman and his collaborators. The problem is greatly simplified by the introduction of several approximations and assumptions.

In Section III the problem is formulated and approximate solutions are given for hydrocarbon-oxygen flames, assuming a second order rate-controlling step. Approximate analytic solutions have been obtained for all mixture ratios.

Hydrocarbon-oxygen-inert gas mixtures are considered in Section IV. A second order rate-controlling step is again assumed and solutions are given for various initial gas compositions.

An attempt is made to correlate experimentally determined burning velocity data in Section V. Reference to Section V shows that a good correlation was obtained only for lean mixtures. Absolute values for the laminar burning velocity cannot be estimated because of the lack of data concerning reaction mechanism and specific reaction rate constants.

Item Type:Thesis (Engineer's thesis)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Aeronautics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Penner, Stanford S.
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1955
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-12042003-105228
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ID Code:4765
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Deposited On:09 Dec 2003
Last Modified:26 Dec 2012 03:11

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