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Some Experimental Studies of Laminar Burning Velocity


Poorman, Herbert R. (1953) Some Experimental Studies of Laminar Burning Velocity. Engineer's thesis, California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/J2N7-T584.


One of the important physical parameters in flame propagation is the laminar burning velocity. A great many experimental measurements of the burning velocity have been made using a variety of experimental techniques. Furthermore, the problem has been studied theoretically by a number of different investigators. Extensive references to the original literature may be found in the books by Lewis and von Elbe(1) and by Jost(2). This thesis is concerned with experimental studies of flame propagation in acetylene-oxygen systems containing the inert gases argon, carbon dioxide, helium, and nitrogen. These studies are introduced with a survey of experimental techniques for measuring the laminar burning velocity in premixed gases. Next, some new experimental measurements obtained by use of a small burner tube at atmospheric pressure are described. The new data are interpreted qualitatively by utilizing a thermal theory of laminar flame propagation.

Item Type:Thesis (Engineer's thesis)
Subject Keywords:Aeronautical Engineering
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 1953
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-04232003-091500
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ID Code:1463
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Deposited On:23 Apr 2003
Last Modified:25 May 2023 20:40

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