Combustion Science and Technology
Experiments were conducted in a closed, spherical reactor aboard NASA's KC-135 reduced-gravity aircraft using an equimolar n-C4H10 + 0 2 premixture ( Le = 1.3) at subatmospheric · pressures to compliment model predictions and further explore the reactive-diffusive structure of cool flames and ignitions. The pressure and radial temperature histories were recorded and analyzed for different initial conditions. In addition, the visible light emission from excited formaldehyde was recorded using an intensified video camera and was observed to be radially symmetric in all cases. Unexpectedly, however, the measured temperature distributions during (and after the passage of) the cool flames and ignitions were not parabolic as predicted by conduction models, which suggests the onset of weak convection at 10-2 g.
Cool flames; Microgravity; Reaction-diffusion; Static reactor; Two-stage ignition
Pearlman, Howard and Foster, Michael R., "The Role of Diffusive Transport on Low and Intermediate Temperature Hydrocarbon Oxidation: Closed Reactor Experiments using Equimolar n-Butane + Oxygen Premixtures at Reduced-Gravity" (2008). Faculty Publications - Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering. 26.