Droplet extinction and combustibility ranking indices of chlorinated hydrocarbons

D. X. Du, C. K. Law

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The burning rates as well as the extinction droplet and flame diameters of droplets of n-alkanes and chlorinated alkanes have been experimentally determined as functions of system pressure and ambient oxygen concertration in environments of reduced pressure. By substituting these empirically-determined extinction data into a modified asymptotic theory of droplet extinction, the overall activation energies for the oxidation of these compouds have been determined. Various combustibility ranking indices are proposed based on these overall kinetic constants empirically-determined in diffusive media.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-19
Number of pages13
JournalHazardous Waste and Hazardous Materials
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Toxicology
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution


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